Schoolchildren from across southwest Colorado's Montezuma County got a taste of the ancient life in September, as Crow Canyon welcomed them to campus for a series of Pueblo Farming Project Field Days—all thanks to the generous support of donors and program participants like you.
Fourth graders from 7th Street Elementary, Lewis-Arriola, Pleasant View, Mancos, Battle Rock, Mesa, Kemper, and Manaugh elementary schools came to Crow Canyon to study southwest Colorado’s natural and cultural history with our talented group of researchers and educators. The students learned about the local natural environment, ancestral Pueblo life, the practice of dryland farming, the importance of landscape and environment in ancient survival strategies, and sustainability as a cultural trait.
"It's a really neat program," said Kemper Elementary School teacher Cherie Dennison. "I like how it's a hands-on activity at each station for the kids. It really reinforces what they're learning in the classroom. They actually get to come out and throw an atlatl or see what a tower looks like, or see how the farming was done. It's pretty neat."
The Pueblo Farming Project is a collaborative effort between Crow Canyon researchers and educators and the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office that seeks to better understand ancient agriculture through traditional Pueblo farming practices, while also preserving that traditional farming knowledge and transmitting it to younger generations.
Thanks to your help, Crow Canyon is able to provide scholarships and financial assistance to students and schools to attend programs like the Pueblo Farming Project Field Days. Components of the Pueblo Farming Project have also been funded by generous grants from The Christensen Fund, History Colorado–State Historical Fund, the National Geographic Society Genographic Legacy Fund, the National Science Foundation, and the Qwest Foundation.
"(The Pueblo Farming Project Field Days) fit well with the Colorado History curriculum," said Dennison. "I think learning in the classroom is good, but to actually come out and actually experience it is better."