A Wonderland of Rocks - Free!

by  Southeast Arizona National Parks

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Come explore the unique rock formations of Chiricahua National Monument! We first review geology basics (types of rocks, the rock cycle, etc.) and then jump into how the rock pinnacles at Chiricahua were formed and other fun features one may find there. This program is also easily adapted for lifelong learners who may want more of an overview of the natural and cultural history of the park!

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45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family

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Maximum participants:

There is no maximum.

Primary Disciplines


Program Delivery Mode

Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

IMPORTANT: Members must provide Southeast Arizona National Parks with the connection link for any videoconferencing other than Microsoft Teams. Please check your email for a confirmation from a ranger requesting it. Requesting dates at least two weeks in advance is required. Also note, particularly if you are on the east coast, Arizona is on Mountain Standard Time year-round. We have availability most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays from 8:00am - 4:00pm MST.

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Southeast Arizona National Parks

Hereford, AZ
United States

The National Park Service's Southeast Arizona Group (SEAZ) includes Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site. The three sites are managed by one leadership team, headed by a superintendent. 

Every park in the group is unique in its own right: the cultural history of Fort Bowie and the shaping of the American West, the geologic grandeur of the standing rocks at Chiricahua, and the Spanish history and rich landscape of Coronado National Memorial. Yet, each park shares more in common than geography alone. The SEAZ Group parks are protected areas where important historical events took place and where crucial biological habitats intersect. 

Join us in real time with a ranger to learn more about what one, or all three of our park sites, has to offer!

Carlotta Caplenor

Program Details


1. The program begins with a brief introduction to Chiricahua National Monument and the presenting ranger.
2. We then cover basic geology concepts, such as what geology is, the three main types of rocks, the rock cycle, the geologic timeline, and plate tectonics.
3. Next, we bring these concepts into a discussion of how the rock pinnacles at Chiricahua were formed.
4. Participants will also learn about other geologic features in the park, such as chicken heads, case hardening, and tafoni.
5. The remaining time will be used for questions and answers.


The participants will:
- understand geology and its main concepts (i.e., geologic timeline, the rock cycle, plate tectonics, etc.)
- be able to describe the three main types of rocks and how they are formed
- learn how the unique rock formations at Chiricahua National Monument were created

Standards Alignment

National Standards

4-ESS1-1. Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time
4-ESS2-1. Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation
4-ESS2-2. Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features
MS-ESS1-4. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6-billion-year-old history
MS-ESS2-2. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales
MS-ESS2-3. Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions.

State Standards

Arizona State Science Standards
4.E1U1.7 Develop and/or revise a model using various rock types, fossil location, and landforms to show evidence that Earth’s surface has changed over time