School Tour Outline


General Outline

  • Orientation: "Where did Dinosaurs Live?"
    • What is a fossil? Geology & Biology
    • What branch of science studies ancient life? Geology & Biology
    • What is a dinosaur? Geology & Biology
    • Did dinosaurs live in Colorado? Geology & Biology
    • Did dinosaurs all live at the same time? Geology
    • Bonus: Has the climate and geography changed in Morrison through time? How do we know?
  • "Jurassic Morrison" 
    • What historical significance does Morrison have in paleontology? History
    • Name two animal species that lived in Morrison during the Late Jurassic? Biology
    • What was Morrison climate and geography like during the Late Jurassic? Geology & Geography
    • How was Jurassic Morrison similar and different to Morrison today? Geology, Geography, Biology
    • What type of rock are the Stegosaurus tracks preserved in? Geology
    • What does the rock that the Stegosaurus tracks are preserved on tell us about how the sand was deposited? Geology
  • "Cretaceous Colorado"
    • How did the climate and geography change in Morrison during the Late Cretaceous? Geology & Geography
    • What kinds of plants and animals lived here during the Late Cretaceous? Biology
    • Compare and contrast the geography of Morrison during Cretaceous and Jurassic. How are they similar and different? Geography & Geology
    • Activity: hands-on encounter the giant fossil skulls.
  • "Ice Age Survivors"
    • What was Morrison climate and geography like during the Pleistocene? Geology & Geography
    • What kinds of plants and animals lived here during the Pleistocene? Biology
    • How does this habitat compare to other periods of Morrison history? Geology & Geography
    • Activity: meet an Ice Age Survivor - (pet a live snake)
  • Behind the Scenes: Paleontology Lab 
  • See where museum staff prepare fossils for study and display. Clean a fossil with a little help from our staff.
  • Optional, self-guided activity:
    • "Fossil Pit" fossil dig activity for young children.