Content Provider: Petrified Forest National Park

Type of Organization
Government Agency
Providing Distance Learning Programs Since
Contact Information
Sarah Herve
1 Park Rd. Unit 2217

Petrified Forest , AZ 86028
United States
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About the Content Provider
Petrified Forest National Park strives to provide high quality curriculum-based educational material for teachers and students of all grade levels. The resources of Petrified Forest are ideal for exploring topics in many content areas such as earth science, life science, and social studies. By providing distance learning programs, also called virtual field trips, we hope to bring Petrified Forest into many more classrooms across the country, especially those that are not able to visit in person. 

Petrified Forest National Park is located in northeastern AZ just off of Interstate 40. It was created as a National Monument in 1906 and upgraded to a National Park in 1962. The park protects approximately 146,000 acres of land containing petrified wood and other fossils from the Late Triassic epoch, over 13,000 years of human history. The high quality grassland, riparian, and badlands habitats in the park support a large variety of plants and animals. 

Humans have been living and working in the Painted Desert for the last 13,000 years. Petrified Forest National Park protects hundreds of significant archeological sites. The record of human occupation ranges from small single-room field houses to villages where hundreds of people lived. Phenomenal rock art sites are scattered throughout the park. Ongoing archeological research by park archeologists and partners is aimed at developing a better understanding of how people hunted, farmed, and lived in this seemingly harsh environment.

Petrified Forest National Park is a world class scientific laboratory for study of fossils from the later part of the Triassic Period (about 227-205 million years ago). The fossil record at the park preserves everything from fossil pollen and spores to some of the earliest dinosaurs, and allows for reconstruction of several ancient environments through time.
Program Delivery Mode
Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Programs are available
Primary Disciplines addressed through programs
Social Studies/History, Mathematics, Sciences, Literacy, Reading, Problem Solving, Curriculum, Standards, Fossils, Geology, Geography, Plate Tectonics, Wildlife, National Parks, Conservation
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