Inspiring exploration, appreciation, and conservation of our natural world.

Fossils Rock!

The Fossils Rock! Program is a fun and inspiring Environmental Education Program designed for 4th-6th grade at the Boardman River Nature Center. This exciting 2 hour program explores how Michigan fossils provide evidence of the history of Michigan and compares and contrasts life forms found in fossils with organisms alive today. Students will learn to identify a variety of Michigan fossils. The program will include hands-on activities in the classroom and an expedition into the natural world around the Nature Center. It is designed to get kids outside, introduce them to the wonders of nature, allow them to explore the outdoors, and to participate in an active learning environment. It was developed to inspire exploration, appreciation, and conservation of our natural world.

This program was created specifically for grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other age groups as well.

The Fossils Rock! Program will include three components:

  1. Identify what a fossil is and how it was formed: Students will explore what a fossil is and how fossils are formed. They will participate in a hands-on activity that shows how sedimentary rocks are formed with fossils in them. They will make a fossil to take home.
  2. Compare & contrast life forms found in fossils and organisms that exist today: Students will compare and contrast life forms found in fossils and organisms that exist today. They will use hand lenses to identify different Michigan fossils and will draw and label them.
  3. Fossils provide evidence of the history of the earth: Students will explore how fossils provide evidence of the history of the earth. They will determine how fossils provide evidence of the plants and animals that lived long ago and the nature of the environment at that time.

All of our programs meet many Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and Next Generation Science Standards.

For a full list of standards that the Fossils Rock! conforms to, CLICK HERE.