Field Trips

Petrified Forest National Park contains one of the best Late Triassic fossil assemblages in the world. The forces of deposition and erosion have shaped this strangely beautiful landscape. The park also contains one of the best native grassland ecosystems in Arizona. The human story at Petrified Forest goes back over 13,000 years. There is much to discover at Petrified Forest!

All programs require pre-registration. To arrange a special ranger program, please contact the education program coordinator at (928)524-6228 x238. Ranger availability is not guaranteed. For better scheduling options please contact us at least three weeks prior to your planned visit date.

Ask a Ranger: Grades K-12, 30 minutes
Students prepare thoughtful questions ahead of time and spend a half hour with a ranger discussing Petrified Forest geology, paleontology, ecology, and human history.

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  • Petrified Forest National Park

    Clam Beds Geology Hike

    Students Hike in the Badlands

    Geology/Clam Beds Hike: Grades 3-8, 60-90 minutes
    Students hike with a ranger into the badlands of Petrified Forest where they learn how to make observations, read the rocks around them, discover fossil evidence and discuss ideas about Arizona's geologic past. Group Size is limited to 25 students.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
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    Every Kid in a Park: Grade 4, 30 minutes in the park (45-60 min pre-visit lesson)

    Students meet a ranger in the park for a 30 minute question and answer session. This program can be conducted at any overlook or trail in the park. 4th grader passes are issued to the class at the end of the program.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Literacy and Language Arts,Social Studies
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    Museum Detectives Field Trip

    Skeletons of Triassic Reptiles

    Replica skeletons of Placerias, Postosuchus, and Desmatosuchus.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
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    Simulated Archeology Dig

    Students Participate in a Field Trip

    Students engage in archeological field techniques while learning to measure, map, and identify artifacts of the ancestral Puebloan culture.
    Group size is limited to 25 students.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
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    Simulated Fossil Dig

    Students Participate in Simulated Fossil Dig

    During this field trip students experience the thrill of discovery while learning how to see the bigger picture of an ancient ecosystem. They will map, measure, and identify fossilized remains of Triassic animals and plants. (real and replica fossils are available)
    Group size is limited to 25 students.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
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    Student Phenology for Outdoor Citizens

    Coyote Canyon Elementary

    Student Phenology For Outdoor Citizens is a citizen science program focusing on the plants and animals in the park. It has pre- and post-visit lessons as well as a ranger guided hike where students make natural history observations.

    This field trip can be conducted for 3-5th grade classes however only 4th grade classes are eligible for the NPF grant funds which include the free snacks. Please inquire about other travel grant funding that might be available.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1 Park Road, PO Box 2217
Petrified Forest, AZ 86028

Phone:

(928) 524-6228

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