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Activities Planned at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in May
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is open year round. During May the Monument is open 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Starting Saturday, May 26, the Monument will be open from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Activities in May:
Friday, May 11, Night Sky Program, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Join park staff and members of the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society to gaze at the dark skies above Florissant Fossil Beds in search of planets, galaxies, nebulas, and more. Meet at the visitor center.
Memorial Day Weekend Schedule, May 26th – 28th
Interpretive Talk, 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, 30 minute interpretive presentation in the amphitheater
Ranger Guided Walk, 11:00 AM, 1 mile guided hike on the Petrified Forest Trail
Fossil Learning Lab, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM, learn how scientists discover and research fossils in the Yurt
Hornbek Homestead, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, take a tour of an 1878 homestead
Yoga Hikes, starting Monday, May 28 at 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM and then occurring every Monday during the summer. Join a certified yoga instructor and a Park Ranger for a 1 hour and 30 minutes, 1 mile yoga hike. This will be a hike interspersed with standing yoga poses. This program is geared for beginner to intermediate yoga enthusiasts. Meet at the visitor center.
Demonstration Excavation Site and Fossil Discovery Lab, starting Wednesday May 30, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, and then continuing every Wednesday throughout the summer. Meet geologist, Dr. Bob Carnein at the demonstration excavation site and see the fossil beds in situ and learn about how excavations are conducted. This site is located off the Petrified Forest Loop approximately 1 mile round trip from the visitor center. From 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM, Join Dr. Carnein in the Fossil Discovery Lab (Yurt tent in picnic area) and discover fossils using microscopes.