Taking your class on a field trip to Florissant Fossil Beds can greatly enhance the teaching of earth science as well as other subjects.
Scheduling a Field Trip
To arrange a field trip, or for any questions about field trips, please call the Education Coordinator at the Monument at (719) 748-3253 ext. 122.
Field Trip Activities: The following is a list of possible activities on your field trip. The activities that your class will participate in depends upon your needs, the staffing levels at the Monument, the number of students you have, and the time you have for your field trip.
Orientation Activity: Either a game or ranger talk to introduce students to the basic geologic story of the area. (30 minutes)
Petrified Forest Hike: This is a 1.5 hour, 1 mile hike past petrified tree stumps, an historic excavation
Hornbek Homestead: Tour an 1878 historic homestead.
Visitor Center: See fossil displays and geologic exhibits.
Florissant Fossil Quarry: Some groups that visit the Monument also opt to go to a nearby, privately owned quarry where students can dig for fossils.