Programs for School Groups

The Crow Canyon campus

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Hands-On Learning

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Field trips to Mesa Verde

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Learning by doing

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Experiential Learning

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Programs for School Groups

At the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, we believe that the goal of education is to give students the intellectual tools they need to explore the world and think critically. We also believe that the optimal educational environment encourages students to actively participate in the learning process through hands-on activities and group discussion.

Crow Canyon’s one-day field trips and overnight programs for school groups are designed for students in grades 4 through 12. Program modules vary depending on grade level, program length, and group size, but core activities teach students about archaeology, ancestral Pueblo Indian (Anasazi) history, the scientific process, and the complex interactions between people and their environments. We offer programs between March and November.

The Crow Canyon curriculum:

  • is based on the belief that everyone’s history matters
  • articulates with national and state curriculum standards
  • allows students to “experience the past” through hands-on activities at our Pithouse and Pueblo Learning Centers, which replicate Pueblo settlements during the seventh and twelfth centuries A.D.
  • was developed in consultation with Pueblo Indians and other indigenous peoples to ensure that what we teach is accurate, respectful, and mindful of the connections between past and present

One-Day Field Trips

Overnight Trips

"The whole experience was really wonderful. I think the children learned a lot and had a lot of fun as well. I really appreciate everyone who works here―from the teachers to the bus driver to the cooks―attention to detail and clear enjoyment and pride in work was obvious; for us, that provides a direct impact on the experience. Marvelous!"
Korinne Akridge, teacher, Riverstone Montessori, 2012

Awards & Recognition

View of the Crow Canyon campus and Ute Mountain

Crow Canyon's contributions to American archaeology and education have been widely recognized by numerous professional and governmental entities. Read more.

Curriculum & Standards

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Crow Canyon's programs provide experiential, integrated curriculum to cultivate 21st century skills. Read more.

Learning Centers

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Students "experience" another time and culture in replica Pueblo Indian structures on the Crow Canyon campus. Read more.

Daytime Activities

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Students actively participate in the learning process through hands-on activities and group discussion. Read more.

Evening Programs

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When your school group stays on campus for at least one night, one or more evening programs are included in your overall program price. Read more.

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