Discovery Trunks

Sherds and poster-size reproduction of archaeology mural in Kanab GSENM Visitor Center available in Archaeology Discovery Trunk

For independent, in-classroom lessons, teachers may borrow Partners’ Discovery Trunks in either archaeology or paleontology. Based on Utah curriculum standards, the archaeology trunk contains regional pottery sherds and tools, a mural with multiple scenes from long-ago daily life, as well as an archaeological timeline. There are lessons suitable for elementary, middle, and high school students, and teachers can familiarize themselves with the trunk by watching a DVD of an instructor.

Our archaeology trunks are available through the following Bureau of Land Management offices:

  • Kanab Field Office: Lisa Church, (435) 644-1200
  • Moab Field Office: Rebecca Hunt Foster, (435) 259-2179
  • Richfield Field Office: Cindy Ledbetter, (435) 896-1500
  • Salt Lake City Field Office: Mike Sheehan, (801) 977-4300
  • Vernal Field Office: Marta Call, (435) 781-4423

We’ve also created a Discovery Trunk in paleontology, including a curriculum for fourth-grade students. Still in its pilot stage, the trunk offers numerous hands-on lessons involving rocks, fossils, and other paleontological elements. For more information, please Emily Schrepf at emily@gsenm.org.

The Monument’s Online High School Science Curriculum

In 2009, with support from Partners and Glen Canyon Natural History Association, Bureau of Land Management educators and scientists launched the online science curriculum “Student Explorations” at www.gsenmschool.org. Focusing on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the curriculum investigates archeology, ecology, geology, the human landscape, and paleontology. It’s also part of Hands on the Land, a “national network of field classrooms and agency resources to connect students, teachers, families, and volunteers with public lands and waterways.” Learn more at www.handsontheland.org.

Ceratopsians of GSENM

Nasutoceratops titusi

Nasutoceratops titusi

Ceratopsians are an uncommon fossil in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, though four unique species have been discovered in its badlands. These species are not found anywhere else in the world! Click on either link below for a printable information sheet about these fascinating creatures:

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GSENM Ceratopsians 8.5×11

GSENM Ceratopsians 11×17