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DAYSOffered Tuesdays-Fridays
NUMBERS20-60 Students (If you have more than 60 students please schedule field trips on two separate days)
CHAPERONESWe allow 1-2 parent chaperones per group and ask that teachers rotate between stations for bathroom breaks, etc. We do not allow more than 10 adult chaperones (not including support staff). We also ask that chaperones do not bring other children with them (i.e. student's siblings)
START TIMETuesdays: 10am
Wenesdays-Fridays: 9am, 9:30am, OR 10am
OPTIONSChoose the 3 OR 4 stations (program is 2 or 2.5 hours - NOTE: 2nd graders may only do 3 stations)


Prior to submitting a field trip request please review our HOH19_PRE-VISIT GUIDE . The museum expects that you are fully aware of our policies and procedures. If you have any questions or concerns please resolve these in advance of the field trip to avoid any issues the day of your visit. We have specific guidelines for the size of groups, number of chaperones, final confirmations and more.

During your visit students will be welcomed as a group, and then rotate between three OR four interactive stations. Each station is 25 minutes with 3 minutes between for transition. You may have up to 30 minutes at the end of the program to explore on your own in small groups. Below is a description of each station.

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Choose three OR four 25 minute stations below (2nd grade groups can choose 3):

CITY OF SUNSHINE (recommend for 3rd-5th grade)

Explore our city’s relationship with health and disease. Learn how the “City of Sunshine” drew, and continues to draw, people from all over the country as a healthful resort town. Consider the messages we sent locally and nationally to attract “seekers” eager to be cured of tuberculosis.

CULTURAL CROSSROADS (recommend for 2nd-5th grade)

Many American Indian people have called this area home, among them: Ute, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Comanche, Kiowa, and Apache. Students will examine historic objects from our American Indian collection and distinguish local from traded materials. We’ll learn how trade and interactions between different tribes and nations influenced the region noted for being a Cultural Crossroads.

HISTORY DETECTIVES (recommended for 2nd-5th grade) NEW!

The City of Colorado Springs recently completed an archaeological excavation of the midden (trash) pit at Glen Eyrie, the home of our city’s founder, General William Jackson Palmer. Whether history lends us documents, photographs, artifacts, or even trash, we can use historic sources to explain the past. Students will work together as history detectives to use historical evidence to understand the development of the Pikes Peak region.

JOURNEY TO PIKES PEAK (recommended for 2nd-5th grade) NEW!

The Pikes Peak region has changed over time as various peoples and cultures have migrated to the area. Through movement and discussion students will gain an understanding of where people are migrating from, why they are choosing to move, and their impact on the region. During this station, chaperones are welcome to pass out simple, quick, and easy to clean-up snacks. This station is designed to provide a “brain break” for students!

TRAILBLAZERS (recommended for 2nd-5th grade)

Do you ever wonder why people live in a particular place? How they got there and why they came? These concepts are creatively explored in Trailblazers.  Through an interactive timeline activity students discover why and when people came to live in the Pikes Peak Region over time.

THIS OLD HOUSE (recommended for 2nd-3rd grade)

You can learn a lot about a person from their home! Helen Hunt Jackson was a famous author and activist for American Indian rights who moved to Colorado Springs in 1873. Explore her (actual!) home and discover what we can learn from the many historical sources inside.

 Have you reviewed our HOH19_PRE-VISIT GUIDE? Please do so prior to registering.

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