Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is home to more than 1,100 endangered, threatened and native animals. It is dedicated to the conservation of these 50-plus animal species through research, breeding and education. Groups can see giraffes, rhinos, zebras, cheetahs, ostriches and much more during a 7.2-mile Scenic Wildlife Drive or take one of our 14 different guided tour varieties aboard an open-air vehicle. Visit for the day or plan an overnight visit for wildlife encounters, great food and nature hikes. Accommodations include bunkhouses with heat/AC, meeting areas, showers and restrooms. 
Contact Info
Address: 2299 County Road 2008, Glen Rose, TX 76043. Somervell County. 
Tel: 254-897-2960. 
Hrs: Opens at 8:30AM and closure varies by season. 
Students will have the opportunity to see and learn about a wide range of animals on a tour of Fossil Rim’s Scenic Wildlife Drive. School groups of more than 28 students should call ahead to check for tour availability. A Private Step-On Tour, which provides groups with a tour guide, is a great option for schools with their own bus and driver. Self-guided tours are also available. Educational programs focus on biodiversity, biology, wildlife management, botany, environmental science, conservation, and land stewardship. Learn more at
Contact Info
Contact: Education,
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. 
Group Size: 10-104.
Activity Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours (Scenic Wildlife Drive), Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. 
Recomm. Visit Length: Varies. 
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: 12:1.
Registration: Phone.
Food Options: Café.
Cost: Programs begin at $10 per person.
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Science, Environmental Studies.
Topics Covered: Biology, environmental science, animal science, botany, conservation, stewardship.
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center offers a variety of programs for homeschoolers. Programs allow homeschool groups to learn about wolf conservation, fossils, native flora and fauna, insects, exotic species, and more. Hands-on opportunities include finding cochineal (natural insect-derived dye) for a tie-dye activity, guided nature hikes, and nature journaling. Learn more about homeschool programs at
Contact Info
Contact: Education,
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. 
Group Size: Varies.
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. 
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: Varies.
Registration: Email, Phone.
Food Options: Available for purchase on-site.
Cost: Varies.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Zoo Lesson Plan

When you go to the zoo, be on the lookout for the clever ways animals adapted to their surroundings and developed traits that help them survive. Students act like scientists to observe animal life while focusing on the diets and eating habits.... Continue