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Field Trip in a Box: Geologic Changes

two tall stone arches connected at one end
Double Arch

NPS/Jacob W. Frank


Geologic processes cause continual changes in the Earth's physical features.


Rock layers, weathering, and arch formation

Location Suggestions

• Windows Primitive Loop – behind North Window
• Park Avenue – Down the wash past the northern parking lot
• Balanced Rock – Picnic area
• Garden of Eden

Learning Stations

Each station is designed for up to 10 students and requires 1/2 hour and one instructor. For larger groups we recommend dividing your group and teaching stations simultaneously, then having students switch stations.

Optional Prep Activity (to be used if students are unfamiliar with basic rock types):
A Journey from Rock to Rock - Decide if your rock is igneous, metamorphic or sedimentary, and contemplate the forces that could change it.

1. Weathering or Not – Investigate the causes of physical and chemical weathering of rock.

2. Falling Arches – Explore how arches form and what types of arches are found in and around Arches National Park.

3. Picture This – Observe exposed rock layers, and discover their names and histories.

Extension Back to School (assessment activity):
Tell Me About It - Students work together to create brochures to educate others on the geological processes that created Arches National Park.

Borrowing Instructions

To request a Field Trip in a Box, please submit the following information:

  1. Teacher/school information, including school address, phone number, and email address
  2. Which box you would like to borrow
  3. Your preferred dates, both first choice and alternate choice

Send us an email with your request.

You must request a Field Trip in a Box at least two weeks before your park visit. There is only one box available for each topic.

When you arrive at the park, check out the box at Arches Visitor Center during business hours, and return the box before you leave the park.

If you check out a Field Trip in a Box, you will be responsible for damage to its contents.


Earth Science, Geology
Media For Loan

Last updated: December 19, 2017