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 introduction to fossil studies and general vertebrate anatomy.

Pre-Visit Activity: 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 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

To request this program, please contact the education program coordinator at least three weeks before your visit. 

Phone: (928) 524-6228 ext.276


Educational Fee Waivers
School groups, including home schools, may apply for an educational fee waiver several weeks before a visit. Without an approved application, school groups will be considered a noncommercial group and charged entrance fees accordingly.

Travel Grants 
Petrified Forest National Park offers funding to help schools cover transportation costs to the park for educational field trips. Travel grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. School groups unable to visit the park without financial assistance are encouraged to apply, however, any school group is eligible to apply and 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: October 22, 2018