• Massive petrified redwood stumps

    Florissant Fossil Beds

    National Monument Colorado

Self Guided

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument provides an excellent outdoor classroom for your students. Students can see real world examples that will enhance the instruction of earth sciences.

There are a variety of lesson plans that you can use for pre and post visit activities. While at the Monument, your group can view fossils and learn about the geology of the area in the visitor center, the outdoor exhibit area, and on the one-mile, Petrified Forest Loop.

The Monument can also provide self-guided booklets for some of the trails and the homestead along with other ideas of how to use your time wisely and meet your educational objectives.

If you are planning to bring your class to the Monument, please call the Monument's education coordinator for more information and ideas at (719) 748-3253

Did You Know?


Weevils are a type of beetle, and they are among the smallest complete fossils found in the Florissant fossil beds. The fossil pictured here is less than 3 millimeters long, which is a little larger than the head of a pin but smaller than a pencil eraser. This image is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. To learn More...