Field Trips

Museum Detectives Field Trip

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Grade Level:
Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
Common Core Standards:
3.L.1.i, 3.L.2.a, 3.L.4.a, 4.L.1, 4.L.1.f, 4.L.2, 4.L.2.a, 4.L.4, 5.L.3, 6.L.3, 3.RF.3.c, 3.RF.4, 4.RF.4, 5.RF.4, 3.RI.1, 3.RI.7, 4.RI.1, 4.RI.7, 5.RI.7, 6.RI.4, 6.RI.7, 7.RI.4, 3.RL.1, 4.RL.1, 5.RL.4, 3.SL.1, 3.SL.3, 3.SL.6
State Standards:
See attached lesson guide


This program serves as an intoroduction to fossil studies and general vertebrate anatomy.

Pre-visit: Students read background text on animals of the Late Triassic and complete a short writing assignment.

In Park-activity: Students will participate in a guided learning activity inside of the Rainbow Forest Museum identifying and matching replica fossil bones of Late Triassic animals to the museum exhibits. Students will work in groups or pairs to answer questions about the animals and present their answers to the whole class. Maximum group size - 30

Post-visit activity: Students complete the Triassic Anatomy worksheet.


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.

Travel Grants 
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 document contains all the information needed to complete the pre and post-visit lessons as well as a preview of the in-park activity sheet.

Download Background text and activity worksheets.

Download Educational Fee Waiver Application

Download Travel Grant Application

Last updated: September 21, 2017