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?
In 1922, Fossil Cycad National Monument, in South Dakota, was established as the third NPS area to preserve fossils, however by the mid 1930s all the fossils visible at the surface had been removed, leaving nothing for visitors to see. As a result, congress removed Fossil Cycad National Monument from the National Park System in 1957.