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“I am a Colorado History educator and when I brought my students to the Pioneer Museum, history was brought to life. The museum uses up to date educational methods (i.e. analyzing primary sources) to teach students about the history of Colorado and Colorado Springs.” – 4th Grade Teacher

Our school programs are offered September 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016.


  • School groups must schedule their visit to the museum at least two weeks in advance. 
  • You may plan your visit for Tuesdays through Fridays 
  • Groups are scheduled for 1.5 to 3 hour visits – programs generally start between 9 and 10 am and end between 11 and noon (some flexibility)
  • Grades K-12 are welcome (please note that these programs were designed with a focus on history standards for 3rd and 4th graders, but we will work to adapt content when possible)
  • We can only allow up to 60 students per visit (up to 80 for self-guided)
    • If your group is larger than 60 please consider visiting on two separate days or finding an alternative activity for half of your group
  • Teachers are encouraged to visit the museum in advance to prepare for your field trip
  • Visitation is FREE!


  • All pre-scheduled groups will receive a welcome and introduction upon arrival.
  • The museum offers three options for your field trip – click on the links below to learn more about your options and to register.

HANDS ON HISTORY (HOH): Grades 2-5 – Four 15 minute stations

HANDS ON HISTORY PLUS (HOH+): Grades 3-5 – Three 30 minute stations

SELF GUIDED SCHOOL VISITS – All Ages – Independent learning

  • All programs address 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. Carts are facilitated by trained volunteers.
  • For middle and high school groups please email to discuss either a guided tour or a self-guided visit.

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  • We do not have indoor facilities for students to eat lunch, but in the warmer months groups are welcome to eat in the Alamo Square Park surrounding the building.
  • We have buckets to collect backpacks, lunches, coats, etc. but our space is limited. Please leave as many of these items on the bus as possible.
  • We do not allow writing utensils in the museum. Please no pencils, ink pens, crayons, markers, etc.



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

  • After you have scheduled your visit you will receive an email confirmation with details on how to prepare. Depending on which option you chose and cart availability we will ask you to split your students into a certain number of groups.
  • We require one adult chaperone for every 5-10 students and ask that you share your expectations with them prior to the visit.
  • 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.
  • Please review our Guidelines for School Groups for information on our chaperone policy, parking for buses, and more.

Colorado P-12 Academic Standards for History:

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Please complete our School Program Evaluation after your program so that we may better serve you!


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