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Are you a children’s group  (daycare, summer camp, scouts, etc.) planning to visit June 5 through July 27? Visit our summer programs page to schedule your visit now!

“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 guided Hands on History morning programs for 2nd-5th graders are fully booked through May 2018. Interested groups may still registser and will be placed on a waiting list in the event that any dates open up. Alternatively, we still have afternoon self-guided slots available. Please email Meg Poole, Program Coordinator, at mpoole@springsgov.com to discuss your visit. 

PLANNING YOUR VISIT:

  • School groups must schedule their visit to the museum at least two weeks in advance – There is no guarentee that the requested dates will be available
  • You may plan your visit for Tuesdays through Fridays 
  • Groups are scheduled for 1 to 3 hour visits – the guided Hands on History program starts at 9, 9:30 or 10 am
    • The self-guided program, Story of Us, or Children’s History Hour can start anytime after 10 am
  • Grades K-12 are welcome
  • We can only allow up to 60 students per visit 
    • If your group is larger than 60 please schedule multiple field trips on different days
  • Guided visits (Hands on History, Story of Us, and Children’s History Hour) have a 10:1 student to adult chaperone ratio. Self-guided groups must provide 1 adult chaperone for every 5 students
  • Teachers are encouraged to visit the museum in advance to prepare for your field trip
  • Utilize our Field Trip Justification Guide to learn about our Hands On History program objectives and applicable history standards
  • Visitation is FREE! A $2.00 donation per student is helpful in supporting our program offerings.

WHAT WE PROVIDE:

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

WHAT WE DO NOT PROVIDE:

  • 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.

PREPARING FOR YOUR VISIT:

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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 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, lunches, and backpacks on your bus. Let us know if you need a backpack to carry medical supplies.
  • Upon your arrival a 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.
  • We encourage you to share our Pre-Visit Slideshow (PDF Document) with your students prior to your visit.

Colorado P-12 Academic Standards for History:

Share Your Thoughts

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

Questions?

Contact the Museum Program Coordinator, Meg Poole at mpoole@springsgov.com to discuss educational programs at the Museum.

Teacher’s Comments on Our Programs

The staff and volunteers at Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum were very knowledgeable on their stations, and they grabbed students’ attention by asking questions or telling them to look for an artifact. The students also were able to interact by holding artifacts about the station. CSPM is definitely a terrific place for a classroom field trip of all ages.

This was a wonderful field trip for our Title 1 school. Not having a fee, and the kids being able to donate was a good lesson. Great history for our 3rd grade curriculum. Activities were very engaging. They loved the elevator. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Thank you!

It was wonderful to see students making connections to their class learning. The hands on materials were exactly what they needed to understand the real life implications of history.

Highly recommended to peers! Well done!

Everyone was excellent! Your volunteers are patient, knowledgeable, and able to talk with kids at their level while keeping them engaged. Thank you all.

Many of the concepts covered (tuberculosis, native americans/trade, trailblazers, etc) are part of the 3rd grade curriculum for Social Studies in district two!

I liked that the students could touch artifacts and be engaged with learning the information instead of just reciting information to the students.