Field Trips & School Programs

General Information

Reservations are now available for the 2016–17 school year.
Email us or call 303-866-2394 to reserve your spot!
Please email if possible as there is a better response time

Reservation requests can now be made online!
Click Here to request a Walking Tour reservation.
Click Here to request a Field Trip reservation.

Download – Elementary Field Trip Guide for Teachers

Advance reservations required. Groups that arrive without reservations may not be able to gain admission and will not be eligible for admission discounts or facilitated programs. Self-guided tours must be reserved separately from your facilitated program and self-guided tours will only be available when facilitated programs are not being taught.

Colorado Time Travelers
Grades K-5

Explore people and places of Colorado through hands-on experiences in the galleries.  Exploration culminates in a timeline sequencing activity. Aligned to Colorado Academic Standards, the program features skills and concepts covered in third and fourth grade but can be adapted to other grade levels. Pre-visit classroom activities prepare students for the visit, and post-visit material helps synthesize and expand their knowledge.

Democratic Principles in Conflict
Grades 6-12

Students explore how democratic principles have shaped Colorado history in times of conflict. The program is designed for middle and high school civics and U.S. history classes. Program includes pre-visit classroom activity that introduces students to principles of democracy, exploration of the History Colorado Center’s exhibits and post-visit classroom activities that synthesize and expand the students’ knowledge.

Colorado Water Quest
Grades 6-8

From Mesa Verde to the Dust Bowl, discover the important role water has played in Colorado history – and the continuing environmental challenges we face today. Students explore History Colorado exhibits, solve STEM- and geography challenges, and evaluate how different communities have used water. The program includes pre- and post-visit materials and is designed for middle school earth science and geography classes, and can be adapted for upper elementary and high school students.

Details for All Programs

Duration: 2 hours
Times: 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm
Cost: $5 per student; 1 free chaperone for every 10 students; $8 for each additional adult (Title I students are half price.)

Self-guided school groups are NOT allowed in the exhibits until after 1:30 p.m.

To ensure admission and a high-quality experience, we require advance reservations for school groups. Groups without reservations may not be able to gain admission to the museum and will not be eligible for discounts or facilitated programs. Please make field trip reservations at least 4 weeks in advance.

We ask that school groups have 10 or more students for a facilitated program.

School groups with more than 10 students cannot self-guide before 1:30pm to ensure a high quality experience for all. Our staff will work with groups that arrive early but available spaces will be limited.

Partial payment (50 percent) is due at the time of booking (or up to a week after). The remaining balance is due on the day of the field trip. An invoice with amount paid and total due will be sent with your reservation confirmation.

Cancelations and Refunds
Cancelation notice of 3 weeks is required to receive a full refund of the partial payment. Cancellations with less than 3 weeks notice are non-refundable but may reschedule within a 12-month period. If the field trip is cancelled due to inclement weather, schools will be given the opportunity to reschedule if possible or the payment will be returned in full.

Planning Your Visit

  • Help prepare your students for the new social studies assessment by visiting the History Colorado Center early in the school year! Avoid the crowds by coming in the fall.
  • Limited lunch room space is available by request when you book your reservation.
  • Storage for lunches, backpacks and water bottles is available during the visit.
  • We require one adult chaperone for every ten students.
  • Make sure that your bus driver has an updated map of the area which is included in confirmation materials.

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