Teaching Paleontology

person next to large fossil skull
Paleontology intern, Keegan Melstrom, with the Allosaurus skull on display at Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado & Utah.

NPS Photo.

Teaching Paleontology in the National Parks and Monuments and Public Lands is a fossil education program designed by National Park Service staff for use in the classroom and in the Parks.

To request a file for any of these activities, please contact us.

  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado
    • Track 1: Fascintating Fossils. Grade 4. [PDF 688 KB]
    • Track 2: Putting Together the Pieces. Grade 5. [PDF 794 KB]
    • Track 3: Our Changing Earth. Grade 6. [PDF 699 KB]
  • Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming Grades 2-3
    • Unit 1: Fossilization [PDF 878 KB]
    • Unit 2: Adaptation [PDF 332 KB]
    • Unit 3: Community [PDF 314 KB]
    • Unit 4: Human Influences [PDF 331 KB]
    • Appendices [PDF 2.22 MB]
  • Teaching Paleontology Slideshows
    • Fascinating Fossils (Grade 4): Slideshow [PDF 2.33 MB] | Script [PDF 51 KB]
    • Putting Together the Pieces (Grade 5): Slideshow [PDF 1.75 MB] | Script [PDF 251 KB]
    • Our Changing Earth (Grade 6): Slideshow [PDF 1.56 MB] | Script [PDF 146 KB]
    • What is a Fossil? [PDF 2.04 MB]
    • Digging Up a Dinosaur [PDF 1.76 MB]
    • National Parks and Public Lands are for Fossils [PDF 990 KB]
    • Environments and Adaptations [PDF 2.96 MB]