Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument – Kid’s Perspective

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is a fun place. We did lots of exciting activities. The first thing we did was get the Junior Ranger Program. Then we walked outside to go to the the fossil lab. As we were walking to the lab we saw ground squirrels every where. Some were playing others were eating and some were just hanging out.

 

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

When we got to the lab there was a park ranger her name was Amanda. She was very nice and energetic. She taught us about the history of the park and how to find the fossils there. I learned that the park started because of a volcano. This was a different volcano though. It was a volcano that shoots ash and debris. It covered all of the Redwood Forest. It buried the trees so the trees became petrified.

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

The mud also sank to the bottom bringing fish, sticks, and leafs to the bottom also. As they stayed there over the years they became fossils. After the lab we went to the visitor center and watched the video. The video kind of talked about the same thing Amanda told us. When the movie was over we went to the Hornbek house. The house was owned by a  women. She was a widow and a mother of 4 children. She owned 145 acres. I thought the house was cool. we cold not go up the stairs due to safety but I liked the guided tour that we got. I thought the walls were cool. In order to put the wall paper up they placed newspaper up before applying the wall paper. Afterwards we went to the visitor center again and went on a mile loop. While on the loop we saw lots of petrified trees.

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

I learned that there are probably more petrified trees underneath the ground they just did not dig it up because they are deep down. After the mile loop we looked around the visitor center and then got are badge. We also met another nice Ranger and her name is Denise. She told us her story and more about the place. That is the end of my trip to Florissant Fossil Beds.

 

 

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