Last updated: September 21, 2017
Clam Beds Geology Hike
- Grade Level:
- Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
- State Standards:
- See attached Teacher's Guide for a list of educational standards.
Grades 3-8, 60-90 minutes in park program
Pre-visit Activity: Create sedimentary rocks in jars and make predictions about how the layers will form. Observe and record how they actually form. 45-60 min
In-Park Activity: Students will participate in a guided 1 mile off-trail hike with a ranger within the park. They will use observation and inference skills to create hypotheses about the Late Triassic environment, simulating the work that geologists and paleontologists have done, and continue to do at Petrified Forest. This hike involves a small amount of uphill walking in potentially muddy conditions. Group size is limited to 25 students. 60-90 min
Post Visit Activity: Students use the geologic reference text to complete the geology puzzle activity. 15-30 mins
- Develop an understanding of the sciences of paleontology and geology by learning the skills and concepts involved
- Be introduced to geological time periods represented within Petrified Forest NP
- Explore the basic goals of paleontology and geology through participation in a guided off-trail hike with a ranger
- Use observation and inference skills to determine how clues from rocks and fossils can provide insight into past environments.
- Become aware of the importance of preservation of natural and scientific resources
- Understand the role of the National Park Service in the preservation and protection of natural, cultural, and scientific resources.
Students will be able to:
- describe paleontology as the study of ancient life on earth through fossils
- describe geology as the study of the rocks and earth processes
- list geological time periods represented at the park
- explain why choices have consequences
- use observation skills to create hypotheses about the natural world
- recognize that paleontological resources are nonrenewable
- describe at least one thing they learned about Petrified Forest National Park and/or the National Park Service.
Programs are available between 8:30am and 4pm, Tuesday through Thursday.
To request this program please contact the education program coordinator at least three weeks before your visit.
Phone: (928) 524-6228 ext.264
Educational Fee Waivers
School groups, including home schools, may apply for an Educational Fee Waiver several weeks before a visit. Without this application, school groups will be considered a noncommercial group and charged fees accordingly.
Each year Petrified Forest NP offers funding to help schools pay for transportation costs to the park for educational field trips. Travel Grants are awarded on a first come first served basis once funding is available. School groups who would not be able to visit the park without financial assistance are encouraged to apply but any school group is eligible to apply and you can send in an application at any time.
This teacher's guide contains background knowledge for your students, education standards associated with the field trip, and student assessment questions.