Activities Planned for July at Florissant Fossil Beds

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Date: June 29, 2018
Contact: Jeff Wolin, (719) 748-3253 ext. 202

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is open year round. During July the Monument is open
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Daily Interpretive Program Schedule

Interpretive Talk, Every Day 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, 30 minute interpretive presentation in the amphitheater

Ranger Guided Walk, Every Day 11:00 AM, 1 mile guided hike on the Petrified Forest Trail

Fossil Learning Lab, Every Day 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM, learn how scientists discover and research fossils in the Yurt

Hornbek Homestead, Every Day 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, take a tour of an 1878 homestead

Weekly Programs:

Yoga Hikes, Mondays, 9:00 AM – 10:30 PM. Join a certified yoga instructor and a Park Ranger for a 1 hour and 15 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.

Fossil Demonstration Excavation Site, Wednesdays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 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.

Art in the Parks, Thursdays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Everyone is an artist! Drop in and join volunteer artists and other visitors to sketch and/or water color paint scenes of Florissant Fossil Beds. Stay as long or as short as you would like anytime between 10 AM – 12:00 PM. Ask at the visitor center desk for location. Limited art supplies and seating available. Interested artists may also bring their own supplies and portable chairs.

Wildflower Walks, Saturdays, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM. Join Ranger Stacey for a weekly look at blooming flowers. This may be a 1 – 2 mile hike. Meet at the visitor center.

Bear and Mountain Lion Talk, Saturdays, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM. Join Ranger Allan to learn more about big and often misunderstood predators.

Special Events:

Night Sky Program

Friday, July 13, Night Sky Program, 8:30 PM – 10:30 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.  

A Walk with the Paleontology Interns: Current Research on Rocks and Fossils

Saturday, July 21, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
Meet our Geoscientists-in-the-Park Paleontology interns, and join them for a guided hike on our Geologic Trail! Learn about active research projects in geology and paleontology, as well as the geologic history of the park. Bring water, hats, sunscreen, enthusiasm, questions, and a burning desire to learn about our geologic past! Plan for approximately a one and a half mile hike (subject to change based on plan) on a moderate trail. Up to 2 hours.

Junior Ranger Day and Open House at the Hornbek Homestead

Saturday, July 28, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Participate in engaging hands-on science activities and complete a Junior Ranger Book to earn a badge. Play some games from the 1800s and take a tour of the 1878 Hornbek House to learn about life in the Florissant valley in 1878. There will also be a family friendly Junior Ranger music concert. Bring your dancing shoes.

There are no additional fees for any park programs beyond the daily entrance fee of $7.00 per adult (15 and younger are free). Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument offers 15 miles of beautiful, yet lesser known, hiking trails to explore, a free Junior Ranger Program, three short self-guided trails, a park video and museum exhibits, and bookstore. For additional information, please call (719) 748-3253 or visit our website: or on Facebook or Twitter at /FlorissantNPS

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Last updated: June 29, 2018

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P.O. Box 185
Florissant, CO 80816


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