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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.

Fossil and Prairie Park Preserve, Rockford, IA

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?

Classroom Suggestions

Students could:

  • 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.

Related Resources

Iowa Core Alignment

Life Science
Disciplinary Core Idea
LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

Credit Info

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.


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