Fossils in the Classroom

Program Contact

James Hakala

james.hakala@colorado.edu

The Fossils in the Classroom project provides hands-on teaching kits that include fossils and casts as well as classroom lessons. The project was developed to connect the work of CU Boulder Faculty researchers with teachers and students in communities throughout Colorado that need resources and expertise on fossils for the classroom. Investigations in the kits have students observing, using measuring tools, predicting, recording, describing, and comparing observations and results from their work to that of the work of other students and to the work of paleontologists and biologists. Topics in the kits include fossilization, geologic time, paleo-environments, climate change, marine environments, and fossil trackways.

The primary goals of the CU-Boulder’s Museum’s Fossils in the Classroom Project are to engage students and teachers from elementary schools across Colorado in the study of the ancient prehistory of Colorado and to get students interested in science through paleontology (the study of past life).

The project provides hands-on teaching kits containing real and cast fossils, support materials and 5 lesson plans for classrooms; In-district training for teachers on how best to use the hands-on teaching kits and exercises in their classrooms; and a poster for the classroom featuring photographs of fossils from the CU Museum’s Paleontology Collection, a Colorado map of the geologic age of rocks in Colorado and a listing of places to see fossils in Colorado.

These materials are provided to schools throughout Colorado through generous support from the CU-Boulder Office of Outreach and Engagement and the CU-Boulder Museum.

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Boulder

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Granby

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Denver

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Aurora

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Thornton

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Manitou Springs

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Golden

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Colorado Springs

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Glenwood Springs

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Castle Rock

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Englewood

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    School district - Private n/a

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Castle Rock

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Colorado Springs

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Peyton

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Golden

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Hudson

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Hudson

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Brighton

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 7/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Denver

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Pueblo

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Thornton

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Pueblo

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Greeley

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Golden

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Denver

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    School District - Private n/a

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Denver

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    School District - Private n/a

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Golden

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Denver

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kits

    Location

    In Colorado

    Longmont

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Pueblo

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Denver

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Colorado Springs

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Colorado Springs

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Monte Vista

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Alamosa

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Colorado Springs

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Glenwood Springs

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kit

    Location

    In Colorado

    Hudson

    Dates

    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

Sponsoring Units

  • University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
  • Research Institutes

Program Partners

  • Administrators and teachers in 538 schools throughout Colorado.

Audiences Served

  • Rural Communities
  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - Middle School
  • Students - Homeschooled
  • Students - High School
  • Teachers - Elementary School
  • Teachers - Middle School
  • Teachers - High School
  • Urban Communities