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 for Outreach and Engagement and the CU Boulder Museum.

  • Fossils Classroom Kits - Alamosa

    Location

    In Colorado

    Alamosa

    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 Kits - Granby

    Location

    In Colorado

    Granby

    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 - Estes Park

    Location

    In Colorado

    Estes Park

    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 Kits - Evans

    Location

    In Colorado

    Evans

    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 Kits - Evergreen

    Location

    In Colorado

    Evergreen

    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 Kits - Federal Heights

    Location

    In Colorado

    Federal Heights

    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 Kits - Flagler

    Location

    In Colorado

    Flagler

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kits - Fleming

    Location

    In Colorado

    Fleming

    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 Kits - Fort Collins

    Location

    In Colorado

    Fort Collins

    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 Kits - Fort Morgan

    Location

    In Colorado

    Fort Morgan

    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 Kits - Gilcrest

    Location

    In Colorado

    Gilcrest

    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 Kits - Glenwood Springs

    Location

    In Colorado

    Glenwood Springs

    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 Kits - Golden

    Location

    In Colorado

    Golden

    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 Kits - Grand Junction

    Location

    In Colorado

    Grand Junction

    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 Kits -Elizabeth

    Location

    In Colorado

    Elizabeth

    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 Kitss - Greeley

    Location

    In Colorado

    Greeley

    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 Kits - Gunnison

    Location

    In Colorado

    Gunnison

    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 Kits - Haxtun

    Location

    In Colorado

    Haxtun

    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 Kits - Henderson

    Location

    In Colorado

    Henderson

    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 Kits - Highlands Ranch

    Location

    In Colorado

    Highlands Ranch

    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 Kits - Hudson

    Location

    In Colorado

    Hudson

    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 Kits - Ignacio

    Location

    In Colorado

    Ignacio

    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 Kits - Keenesburg

    Location

    In Colorado

    Keenesburg

    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

  • Fossil Classroom Kits - Meeker

    Location

    In Colorado

    Meeker

    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

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Thornton

    Location

    In Colorado

    Thornton

    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

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Trinidad

    Location

    In Colorado

    Trinidad

    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

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Wray

    Location

    In Colorado

    Wray

    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 Kits - Englewood

    Location

    In Colorado

    Englewood

    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

    Additional Info

    School district - Private n/a

  • Fossils Classroom Kits - Elbert

    Location

    In Colorado

    Elbert

    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

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Woodland Park

    Location

    In Colorado

    Woodland Park

    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 Kits - Delta

    Location

    In Colorado

    Delta

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fossils Classroom Kits - Edwards

    Location

    In Colorado

    Edwards

    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 Kits - Cortez

    Location

    In Colorado

    Cortez

    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 Kits - Craig

    Location

    In Colorado

    Craig

    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 Kits - Cotopaxi

    Location

    In Colorado

    Cotopaxi

    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 Kits - Denver

    Location

    In Colorado

    Denver

    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 Kits - Dolores

    Location

    In Colorado

    Dolores

    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 Kits- Dove Creek

    Location

    In Colorado

    Dove Creek

    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 Kits - Durango

    Location

    In Colorado

    Durango

    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 Kits - Eads

    Location

    In Colorado

    Eads

    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 Kits - Brighton

    Location

    In Colorado

    Brighton

    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 Kits - Aurora

    Location

    In Colorado

    Aurora

    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

  • Fossil Classroom Kits - Bayfield

    Location

    In Colorado

    Bayfield

    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

  • Fossil Classroom Kits - Bennett

    Location

    In Colorado

    Bennett

    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 Kits - Bethune

    Location

    In Colorado

    Bethune

    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 Kits - Black Hawk

    Location

    In Colorado

    Black Hawk

    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 Kits - Boulder

    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 Kits - Briggsdale

    Location

    In Colorado

    Briggsdale

    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

  • Fossil Classroom Kits - Arvada

    Location

    In Colorado

    Arvada

    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 Kits - Broomfield

    Location

    In Colorado

    Broomfield

    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 Kits - Buena Vista

    Location

    In Colorado

    Buena Vista

    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

  • Fossil Classrooms Kits - Calhan

    Location

    In Colorado

    Calhan

    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 Kits - Castle Rock

    Location

    In Colorado

    Castle Rock

    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

  • Fossil Classrooms Kits - Centennial

    Location

    In Colorado

    Centennial

    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 Kits - Colorado Springs

    Location

    In Colorado

    Colorado Springs

    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 Kits - Commerce City

    Location

    In Colorado

    Commerce City

    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 Kits - Conifer

    Location

    In Colorado

    Conifer

    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 Kits - Cheraw

    Location

    In Colorado

    Cheraw

    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

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