EDUCATION MISSION: Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, its Visitor Center and Museum, and Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance (Education Management) promote:

  • protection and stewardship of fragile cultural resources.
  • an understanding of the Ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) culture through experiential lessons and activities.
  • best archaeological practices that create the least impact on Storyteller figurearchaeological sites.
  • an appreciation of the rich landscape, history, and diverse cultures that create our unique Four corners area.

Education programming at Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum, managed by Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance, provides in-museum, on-the-ground, and outreach programming to local schools (Cortez, Mancos, Dolores, and Dove Creek). Additionally, we manage the Loan Kits offered by the museum. Please click the following links for more information.

MUSEUM EDUCATION: Call the museum at 970-882-5628 to leave a voice message or reach us by email at Plan AT LEAST two weeks in advance.

ON THE GROUND EDUCATION: Contact us for more information: / 970-882-5628.

OUTREACH EDUCATION: Can’t take a field trip? Need more than one day with CAVM activities? Many of our activities can come to your school! Contact us to set an in-school field trip: / 970-882-5628.

LOAN KITS: Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum offer five loan kit types: General Survey, Chronological Sequence, Plant Material, Ceramics Typology, and Bear Dance: Window to Ute Culture. Email, call 970-882-5628, or use the booking calendar to reserve.