Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument

Sights to See

Plan A Field Trip

The Saddlehorn Visitor Center is now the hub of the park's environmental education program. It is an insightful starting point for any visit to the monument. We offer a 20- minute ranger-led welcome of the park through the exhibit area. Also available are two videos: The Spirit of Colorado National Monument and Geology of Colorado National Monument - each 12 minutes. From the visitor center, access to a wide variety of study sites and trails are only minutes away, and ranger-led programs for such place-based learning can be arranged by request. Teachers wanting to facilitate their own programs at the visitor center are most welcome; but again, we remind you that reservations are required.

Ranger Programs

I. GEOLOGY PROGRAMS

Grade level: 3rd - 4th Duration: 45 minutes - ½ mile round trip

Grade level: 3rd -6th Duration: 4.5 hours - 4.0 miles round trip

Grade level: 6th Duration: 1.5 hours - 2.5 miles round trip

II. NATURAL HISTORY PROGRAMS

Grade Level: 3rd - 6th Duration: 45 minutes - ½ mile round trip

Grade Level: 3rd - 6th Duration: 45 minutes—Visitor Center, Various Field Sites

III. Student Introduction to Colorado National Monument at THE SADDLEHORN VISITOR CENTER offers:

1. An introduction for teacher-guided field trips

and

2. An introduction for ranger-led field trips.

The Saddlehorn Visitor Center provides an insightful starting point for any field trip to the monument. The 20 minute ranger "Welcome Talk" will orient students to the visitor center and the monument. Also available are two videos: The Spirit of Colorado National Monument -- a picture presentation of the monument and The Geology of Colorado National Monument. Each is 12 minutes long. From the Visitor Center, access to the Alcove and Canyon Rim Trails is right outside the front and back doors.

Example Field Trip Schedule

Name of School: Number of Students and Groups: Classes Selected: Meeting Location: Program Time Scheduled: Reserved:

9:00-9:20 Welcome Talk

9:30-10:15 Class Rotations 10:20-11:05 Class Rotations 11:10-11:55 Class Rotations

12:00-1:00 Saddlehorn Picnic Area - Lunch

*Please have students wear name tags and divide them into groups (A, B, C) prior to arrival.

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