Field Trips

Ancient Animals

This is Great Sand Dunes?
This may have been your visit to Great Sand Dunes 10,000 years ago.


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Explore climatic changes and animal life both past and present. Come prepared to hunt!

Hands-on activities and short walks appropriate for all ages and abilities. Inquire at the Visitor Center (719-378-6395) about the availability of Dunes wheelchairs if appropriate.

Duration: 1 hour

Group size: No more than 30 students per ranger. Larger groups may be accomodated if multiple rangers are available.

Availability: Varies. If coming in spring, schedule your program between 9am and 1pm, Monday through Thursday.

Meeting place: Dunes Parking Lot

What to bring: Clothing and footwear appropriate to all varieties of weather. We will be outside! If the creek is flowing, be prepared to get your feet wet and perhaps bring a change of clothes as well. Consult Field Trip Guidelines for Leaders for more information.


Education Specialist


Anthropology, Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Climate Change, Ecology, Landscapes, Paleontology
National/State Standards:
Colorado Science
4th Grade: 2.2, 2.3
5th Grade: 2.1, 3.1
6th Grade: 2.1, 3.3
7th Grade: 2.1, 2.5
8th Grade: 3.2
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