Kiln Trail Fossils
This video shows the Kiln Trail in Floyd County, Iowa, including the fossils that can be found there. This is one of the most abundant places in Iowa to find and collect fossils. The features of the fossils tell us about the environments in which they lived.
Possible Guiding, Compelling and/or Anchoring Questions
- Why are there so many fossils in one place?
- Why aren’t there fossils in all layers of rock in Iowa?
- What kind of environment could the fossils have lived in?
- Move through stations with different fossil types comparing and recording their observations.
- Discuss the features of the fossils found and hypothesize what type of environment they lived in.
- Match up a fossil with a photo of its modern counterpart.
- Identify the nearest location from their home to collect fossils.
- Floyd County Conservations: Fossil and Prairie Center: Describes the fossils that can be found off of Kiln Trail.
- University of Iowa Iowa Geological Survey: Fossils in Iowa: Provides a background on fossils specifically found in Iowa.
- Iowa Fossil Sites and Collecting Localities: Shows specific regions around Iowa where fossils can be collected.
- Britannica Kids: Fossils: Kid-friendly resource for fossil formation information.
Iowa Core Alignment
Media produced for Iowa Outdoors by Iowa PBS.
Submitted by Dan Voss and Madison Beeler as part of their Iowa STEM Teacher Externship experience at Iowa PBS.