East Elk Creek Geology

What is the story of East Elk Creek? Hike under the towering cliffs of East Elk Creek and identify evidence that suggests how East Elk Creek has changed over time. What can the rocks tell us about what this landscape used to be like? Make observations of how erosion, a main character in the story of East Elk Creek, continues to actively change the landscape around us.

East Elk Creek Geology

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Typical Program Length

4 hours


4th Grade


Fall, Spring


East Elk Creek

Applicable Standards

4-ESS1-1 Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers for changes in landscape over time to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

4-ESS2-2 Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth's features.

4-ESS2-1 Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weather or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.