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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

We are now taking reservations for the 2018-2019 school year (September 2018-May 2019). Please read below to choose which field trip option is best for your students. We do recommend that teachers schedule end of the school year visits early, as those time slots do fill up quickly.

PLANNING YOUR VISIT:

  • Please click on one of the field trip options under “What We Provide” for information specific to your chosen program
  • School groups must schedule their visit to the museum at least two weeks in advance – There is no guarantee that the requested dates will be available
  • You may plan your visit for Tuesdays through Fridays 
  • 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
    • We have specific chaperone requirements for each program
  • Teachers are encouraged to visit the museum in advance to prepare for your field trip
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 have specific chaperone requirements for each program.
  • 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 HOH Pre-Visit Slides (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.