Virtual Field Trip Details
VFT Information
Title:Fossil Finds in Volcanic Ash

This 30-minute virtual field trip (VFT). Participants will tour Ashfall Fossil Beds where they will observe prehistoric animals preserved in place. Your group will learn about the volcano in southwest Idaho that blanketed the north central area of Nebraska with glassy volcanic ash 12 million years ago, how this catastrophic event resulted in the death of much of the wildlife, and how their fossil remains were discovered and continue to be researched.

An educator will take tour participants into the Hubbard Rhino Barn, a unique site that maintains the complete fossil skeletons of prehistoric rhinos, horses and other wildlife right where they were found, in the volcanic ash.

Through examination of Ashfall fossils, participants learn more about paleontology and geology.

The virtual field trip is designed to fit within your schedule and curriculum needs.

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Subject(s):AgricultureScienceSocial ScienceTechnology
Grade Levels:Grade 4Grade 5Grade 6Grade 7Grade 8Grade 9Grade 10Grade 11Grade 12
VFT Type:Talk to the Expert
Meeting Time:Tuesday-Friday, Mid-March through Mid-November
Duration:30 minutes
Registration Info:

Reservations are required and must be made via our website at ashfall.unl.edu/educators or
by telephone during regular business hours at (402) 893-2000.

Have an alternate date and time available when making reservations as scheduling is on a first
call basis.

Apply for the Virtual Field Trip Mini-Grant >> http://netasite.org/?page_id=4822

Tech Requirements:

Connection is made via Zoom.

A confirmation of the reservation will be sent with all pertinent information.

Background information for your students is available at: www.ashfall.unl.edu 

Additional Cost Info:

Provider Information
Provider Name:Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park
Description:Visit “one of the wonders of the natural world” without leaving your classroom. No need to schedule transportation or pack a lunch to visit Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park. Our educators and scientists interact with your students through our live, interactive videoconferencing program.

The 30-minute tour, provides a close-up view of these amazing fossils. Our educator presents an overview of the discoveries made at the Ashfall Park and steps into the fossil bed to give the participants a first-hand look at some of the rhino, horse and camel skeletons there. Time is left for plenty of questions!
Contact:Annie Mumgaard
Phone Number:402-893-2000