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School Groups

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Our school programs are offered September 2, 2014 through May 29, 2015.


Tuesdays-Fridays • 10am-Noon • Grades K-12  •  60 students max  •  FREE

This facilitated self-guided program addresses the Colorado Academic Standards for history focusing on analysis of primary and secondary sources, understanding cause-and-effect relationships in the interactions among people and cultures, and comparing history to life today. Located throughout select galleries, Hands on History Interactive Carts supplement your self-guided visit and are facilitated by trained volunteer docents.



A volunteer cart guide sharing artifacts from our Cultural Crossroads exhibit.

  • Schedule your visit two weeks in advance utilizing our Tour Request Form.
  • Cart Availability (subject to change based off of volunteer availability): Tuesdays: 3-4 carts, Wednesdays: 5-6 carts, Thursdays: 2 carts, Fridays: 3 carts
    • For groups of 50-60 we recommend scheduling your visit on a Wednesday. 
  • In order to give your students the best experience possible, we request that no more than 60 students tour the museum at one time. If your group is larger than 60 we can schedule two different visits or arrange for half of the group to be outside while the other is in the museum during your two hour time slot.
  • Break your students into smaller groups of 5-10 students BEFORE your arrival.
  • We require one adult chaperon for every 10 students.
  • Please leave water bottles and backpacks on your bus. Let us know if you need a backpack to carry medical supplies.
  • Upon your arrival a volunteer or staff member will greet you and take you to a location where we will welcome your group, share the rules, and answer any questions about your visit.
  • Spread out! We encourage you to have half of your groups start on the main level and the other half on the upper level. On any given day there will be up to six interactive carts in the museum. Visit each cart and exhibit in your small groups. Expect to spend 5 to 10 minutes at each cart with trained volunteers who will lead you students through standards-based activities and discussions.
  • Explore our exhibits, study the outdoor sculptures and architecture, and if the weather is favorable, enjoy a picnic lunch in the park outside of the museum.
  • Please review our Guidelines for School Groups for information on our chaperone policy, parking for buses, and more.


    1. Artistic Angles – Artus Van Briggle, regional history of photography
    2. Benefactors - Spencer Penrose, Winfield Scott Stratton
    3. Builders – General William Jackson Palmer, El Paso County Courthouse histo
    4. City of Sunshine - Health in the Pikes Peak region
    5. Cultural Crossroads  – American Indian history and culture
    6. Trailblazers – The Gammon Family (homesteaders), Zebulon Pike

Colorado P-12 Academic Standards for History:

Supplemental Materials For Your Visit

The museum offers four self-guided activity sheets for your visit. These activities can be a fun addition to your visit but also can distract from what your students will learn from our interactive carts and exhibits. If you do choose to use the activity sheets please note the following:

  1. Print the activity sheets in advance of your visit.
  2. Have your students work in pairs, or only print one per chaperon/group.
  3. We require that you supply your own writing boards/clip boards and pencils for each activity sheet. Please no ink pens.
  • Museum Map & Guide
  • Museum Picture Hunt  - Ages 6-12, challenges visitor to explore and find 10 items throughout the museum and answer a question about those objects.
  • Outdoor Picture Hunt - Ages 6-12, a great option for larger groups (over 75) that need an outdoor activity for half the group while the other explores indoors.
  • History Explorers - Grades 3-6, a fun and informative standards-based activity featuring primary source analysis, artifact descriptions, timelines, true and false questions, and short answer questions.
  • Museum Interactive Guide - High School & other adult visitors, an inquiry based activity with 8 questions about exhibits throughout the museum.

Share Your Thoughts

Please complete our Tour Evaluation Form after your tour so that we may better serve you!

Calling all 3rd & 4th grade teachers!

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum wants to partner with YOU – local 3rd and 4th grade teachers – to build better resources for academic success in social studies for your students! We want to know what YOU need as you tackle a new and rigorous social studies curriculum, take on the CMAS test, and integrate new history standards into your classroom.

During the 2014-2015 school year the museum will host a variety of meetings and events geared towards learning how to best serve the local academic community. If you are interested in partnering to develop and test new innovative programs please contact the Museum Program Coordinator, Meg Poole at or 719-385-5631.


Contact the Museum Program Coordinator, Meg Poole at 719-385-5631 or email at to discuss educational programs at the Museum.