Geology and Fossil Hunt

girl looking at a rock with a fossil in it

Students revise the three rock groups, how sediments form sedimentary rock, and how fossils form while getting their hands on real coral reef fossils from the Silurian Period. They will then get a chance to test their fossil ID skills in groups using fossil samples before hiking down to the park’s quarry for a fossil scavenger hunt (please note that fossils must remain within the quarry).

1-1/2 to 2 hours


Stand-Alone Program: $3.50/person. 

Program with caving: included in caving cost.


STANDARDS

SCI.LS2.B.5          Matter cycles between air and soil and among organisms as they live and die

SCI.LS4.A.3          Fossils provide evidence about the types of organisms and environments that existed long ago

SCI.LS4.C.3          Particular organisms can only survive in particular environments

SCI.LS4.A.m        The fossil record documents the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of many life forms and their environments through Earth's history

SCI.ESS1.C.4       Certain features on Earth can be used to order events that have occurred in a landscape

SCI.ESS1.C.m      Rock strata and the fossil record can be used as evidence to organize the relative occurrence of major historical events in Earth's history

SCI.ESS2.e.m       The fossil record documents the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of many life forms throughout history

ELS.C1.C.e            Explore outdoors

ELS.EX2.C.e          Identify ways in which people are dependent on natural resources

Fossils of bracheopod clams in a rock.