Program Details: Open to the public

Colorado Archaeology in the Classroom

The Colorado Archaeology in the Classroom project provides hands-on teaching kits containing real and reproduction artifacts, tools, and standards-based curriculum for teachers and schools around the state; a classroom presentation with hands-on objects and activities focusing on the early peoples of Colorado and the science of archaeology; and a Discovery Kit focusing on the Ancestral Pueblo people of Colorado, featuring real and reproduction artifacts, maps, and lessons for rental at the museum. The hands-on teaching kits are provided to schools free of charge, while the classroom presentation and Discovery Kit have a modest fee.

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-Boulder Museum and strives to provide needed educational resources to schools with little or no access to CU-Boulder resources.

This is a public program. For more information, please visit the program website.


On Campus

  • CU Museum (Henderson Building)
  • Museum of Natural History

In Colorado

Takes place in over 10 Colorado cities.
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  • Aurora
  • Bayfield
  • Berthoud
  • Boulder
  • Brighton
  • Broomfield
  • Burlington
  • Centennial
  • Central City
  • Colorado Springs
  • Commerce City
  • Cortez
  • Cotopaxi
  • Craig
  • Delta
  • Denver
  • Dolores
  • Dove Creek
  • Durango
  • Eads
  • Elizabeth
  • Firestone
  • Fort Collins
  • Fort Morgan
  • Frederick
  • Glenwood Springs
  • Grand Junction
  • Greeley
  • Gunbarrel
  • Gunnison
  • Haxtun
  • Hygiene
  • Ignacio
  • La Junta
  • Lake City
  • Leadville
  • Mancos
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Montrose
  • Ouray
  • Pagosa Springs
  • Peetz
  • Pueblo West
  • Ridgway
  • Salida
  • Silverton
  • Thornton
  • Wiggins

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

  • Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
  • Federal Bureau of Land Management's Project Archaeology
  • Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
  • State Office of Historic Preservation and Archaeology

Sponsoring Units

Research Institutes & Centers

  • University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Program Contact

Jim Hakala
Senior Educator

Program Categories


  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Education (K-12)
  • Education (Pre-K/Early Learning)
  • History
  • Natural Sciences
  • Science
  • Social Sciences

Program Types:

  • Classroom Instruction
  • Exhibition
  • Field Trip
  • Lesson Plans/Teaching Resources
  • Workshop


  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • Families
  • Rural Communities
  • Socio-Economic Disadvantaged
  • Students - Early Learning
  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - Homeschooled
  • Teachers - Early Learning
  • Teachers - Elementary School

We do our best to accurately represent CU Boulder’s outreach programs and services, but they are subject to change and may no longer be active in a community. Please contact the program directly for current information.