In a typical summer, the Monument offers a variety of ranger guided programs from June to Labor Day. Stay tuned for future offerings with updated times.
Sample of Interpretative Programs:
Daily, Interpretive Talk, 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Join a ranger for a 30 minute presentation and get a basic orientation to the history and prehistory of the area. Meet in the amphitheater behind the visitor center.
Daily, Ranger Guided Walk, 11:00 AM, Are you ready to meet the “Big Stump” ? Join a ranger for a 1 mile hike on the Petrified Forest Loop Trail. Meet behind the visitor center for an interpretive hike on the Petrified Forest Loop.
Daily, Fossil Learning Lab (Yurt) 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM, Get “up-close and personal” with fossils! Join us for ranger-led demonstrations, and hands-on searches for fossils. Meet in the yurt located in the picnic area near the visitor center.
Saturday/Sunday, Hornbek Homestead, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Travel back in time to the late 1870s and take a tour of Adeline Hornbek’s house. A ranger will be on site to provide a peak into the life of a homesteader.
Weekly, Wednesdays, Demonstration Excavation Site and Fossil Discovery Lab, 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. 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.