MONUMENTAL HIKE IN LOWER MONUMENT CANYON (5 miles, 4-5hrs.)
Choose a Theme:
Discovering Fossils (Change Over Time/Fossils)
On a hike to Independence Monument students will explore how the Monument has changed over time by looking at fossils and other evidence of past environments preserved in the rock layers.
Desert Dwellers (Living Things and Their Habitats)
Students will discover what different plants and animals need to survive on their way to Independence Monument. During the hike students will compare desert plants and animals.
Making the Connection - Animals Past & Present (Fossils & Living Things)
Students will discover past environments through the rock layers and fossils we see today. They will also make the connection between these geologic features and the habitats they create for animals today.
ACTIVITY STATIONS AND SHORT HIKES (Choose 2 of 3)
Based from the Visitor Center, each rotation is 1.5 hrs. long
Digging Into Fossils (Change Over Time/Fossils)
Through activities and a short hike along the Canyon Rim Trail, students will investigate fossil evidence from the rock layers to learn about past environments.
From Utes to Cowboy Boots (The Grand Valley)
Students will explore artifacts and photos to gain a better understanding of the human history of the Grand Valley and the Monument.
An Alcove for an Abode (Living Things and Their Habitats)
Along the Alcove Nature Trail students will explore the shrub and woodland life zone while examining the similarities, differences, and interactions of desert plants and animals.
*Actual schedules will depend upon the number of students, ranger availability, time available for the field trip, and length of programs chosen. Contact an Education Ranger to discuss a custom program if you don't see anything that fits your educational goals.
*All field trips require a reservation (even self-guided). Please make your reservation at least three weeks in advance.