Colorado Archaeology in the Classroom

Program Contact

James Hakala

james.hakala@colorado.edu

The Colorado Archaeology in the Classroom project, modeled after the Fossils in the Classroom project,  provides hands-on resources on archaeology to teachers and students throughout Colorado. This project provides classroom kits featuring hands-on artifacts and casts, standards-based curriculum, in-district teacher professional development and a classroom presentation.

The project’s goals are to engage elementary students and teachers in classrooms and communities across the state in the study of Colorado archaeology – science, geography and history – through hands-on experience with artifacts, methods and tools, and to get students turned on to Colorado history through archaeology in classrooms around the state. This project showcases the archaeological research of Dr. Stephen Lekson at the CU Museum of Natural History and strives to provide needed educational resources to schools with little or no access to CU Boulder resources.

Mesa Verde National Park provides educational materials for the Colorado Archaeology in the Classroom kits and collaborates in the in-district teacher training for the project.

The Mesa Verde Museum Association provides printed and digital educational materials for the Colorado Archaeology in the Classroom kits.

The Federal Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) “Discovering Archaeology in Colorado” and “Intrigue of the Past” is used with BLM’s collaboration as the curriculum/teacher guide for the kits. This standards-based curriculum is widely used and well established in the field.

The Crow Canyon Archeological Center in Cortez, CO provided important visual timeline materials and pottery sherds for the kits.

The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, provided hundreds of pottery sherds for the classroom kits.

CU Science Discovery advertises and manages the logistics for the Colorado Archaeology classroom presentation.

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Alamosa

    Location

    In Colorado

    Alamosa

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Arvada

    Location

    In Colorado

    Arvada

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Aurora

    Location

    In Colorado

    Aurora

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Bayfield

    Location

    In Colorado

    Bayfield

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Bennett

    Location

    In Colorado

    Bennett

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Black Hawk

    Location

    In Colorado

    Black Hawk

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Brighton

    Location

    In Colorado

    Brighton

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Calhan

    Location

    In Colorado

    Calhan

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Carbondale

    Location

    In Colorado

    Carbondale

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Cheraw

    Location

    In Colorado

    Cheraw

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Colorado Springs

    Location

    In Colorado

    Colorado Springs

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Cortez

    Location

    In Colorado

    Cortez

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Cotopaxi

    Location

    In Colorado

    Cotopaxi

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Crawford

    Location

    In Colorado

    Crawford

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Delta

    Location

    In Colorado

    Delta

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Dove Creek

    Location

    In Colorado

    Dove Creek

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Durango

    Location

    In Colorado

    Durango

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Eads

    Location

    In Colorado

    Eads

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Fort Collins

    Location

    In Colorado

    Fort Collins

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Fort Morgan

    Location

    In Colorado

    Fort Morgan

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Gilcrest

    Location

    In Colorado

    Gilcrest

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Glenwood Springs

    Location

    In Colorado

    Glenwood Springs

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Golden

    Location

    In Colorado

    Golden

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Greeley

    Location

    In Colorado

    Greeley

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Greenwood Village

    Location

    In Colorado

    Greenwood Village

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Gunnison

    Location

    In Colorado

    Gunnison

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Haxtun

    Location

    In Colorado

    Haxtun

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Ignacio

    Location

    In Colorado

    Ignacio

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Keenesburg

    Location

    In Colorado

    Keenesburg

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Kersey

    Location

    In Colorado

    Kersey

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Lake City

    Location

    In Colorado

    Lake City

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Leadville

    Location

    In Colorado

    Leadville

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Littleton

    Location

    In Colorado

    Littleton

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Loveland

    Location

    In Colorado

    Loveland

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Mancos

    Location

    In Colorado

    Mancos

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Monte Vista

    Location

    In Colorado

    Monte Vista

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Montrose

    Location

    In Colorado

    Monte Vista

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Monument

    Location

    In Colorado

    Monument

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Northglenn

    Location

    In Colorado

    Northglenn

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Norwood

    Location

    In Colorado

    Norwood

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Ouray

    Location

    In Colorado

    Ouray

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Pagosa Springs

    Location

    In Colorado

    Pagosa Springs

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Palmer Lake

    Location

    In Colorado

    Palmer Lake

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Peetz

    Location

    In Colorado

    Peetz

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Peyton

    Location

    In Colorado

    Peyton

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Pritchett

    Location

    In Colorado

    Pritchett

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Pueblo

    Location

    In Colorado

    Pueblo

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Raymer

    Location

    In Colorado

    Raymer

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Ridgway

    Location

    In Colorado

    Ridgway

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Rifle

    Location

    In Colorado

    Rifle

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Salida

    Location

    In Colorado

    Salida

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Sheridan Lake

    Location

    In Colorado

    Sheridan Lake

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Silverton

    Location

    In Colorado

    Silverton

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Telluride

    Location

    In Colorado

    Telluride

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Wiggins

    Location

    In Colorado

    Wiggins

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits - Woodland Park

    Location

    In Colorado

    Woodland Park

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits -Denver

    Location

    In Colorado

    Denver

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Archaeology Classroom Kits -Dolores

    Location

    In Colorado

    Dolores

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

Sponsoring Units

  • University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
  • Research Institutes

Program Partners

  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Mesa Verde Museum Association
  • Federal Bureau of Land Management
  • Crow Canyon Archeological Center
  • Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
  • CU Science Discovery

Audiences Served

  • Rural Communities
  • Socio-Economic Disadvantaged
  • Students - Early Learning
  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - Middle School
  • Students - Homeschooled
  • Teachers - Early Learning
  • Teachers - Elementary School
  • Teachers - Middle School
  • Urban Communities