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Contact: Jeff Wolin, (719) 748 - 3253 ext. 202
Activities Planned at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in December
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is open year round. During December, the Monument is open every day of the week from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Here are some of the activities taking place this month.
Saturday, December 9, Scavenger Hunt, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM. You never know what you might discover at Florissant Fossil Beds. Beyond the fossils there is always a chance to see wildlife or experience history or even have a wonderful moment of peace and quiet. If you are ready to explore, visit the Monument on December 9th and pick up a scavenger hunt sheet in the visitor center and see what you can find. Participants that complete their scavenger hunt will receive a free Florissant Fossil Beds bumper sticker.
Friday December 15, Night Sky Program, 6:30 PM – 9:00 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.
Sunday, December 17, Sun Viewing Party, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to safely view the sun and see the features of our nearest and dearest star? Have you ever wondered what is meant by the “Winter Solstice” and the “shortest day of the year?” Join us for a safe “Sun Viewing Party” and learn all about the star that makes all life possible on our planet. Drop by anytime between 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. No equipment is needed. This program is weather dependent, but if the sun isn’t out you can always go for a hike! Meet at the visitor center.
Saturday, December 23, Hike to the Tall Trees, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Trees are amazing. They provide oxygen, shade, and beauty and much more. Some trees can grow to towering heights. Join a ranger for a guided hike to visit some of the tallest trees at Florissant Fossil Beds – both living and ancient. This will be up to a 2 mile hike on and off trail. Dress in layers and be ready to walk on uneven ground and possibly snow. Meet at the visitor center.
There are no additional fees for any park programs beyond the daily entrance fee of $5.00 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: www.nps.gov/flfo or on Facebook at /FlorissantNPS
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