This archaeological center located in southwest Colorado is a hotbed or education and research. Their mission includes a dedication to teaching, understanding, and preserving the history of the Pueblo Indians. The Pueblo Indians were the inhabitants of these canyons and mesas more than 700 years ago. This is a dense area of well-preserved archaeological sites, bringing students and professionals from all over the world for over 100 years. There are campus based programs right on the site that allow visitors to participate in research in the field and the laboratory. These award-winning programs are developed in conjunction with American Indians making is a unique cross-cultural study program.
Crow Canyon offers distance learning and public outreach programs that are popular among teachers and students. Experts from the center bring education, archaeological methodology, and learning materials to schools in the area. Onsite, visitors can participate in archaeological study programs that allow you to interact with professional diggers in the current excavation and in the laboratory. Programs are open to teens, adults, teachers, field trips, and families. Programs include summer camps, day tours, and K-12 education opportunities.
A major part of archaeological studies is exploring and excavating around the world. Crow Canyon hosts programs in the southwest part of the United States and beyond. There are domestic and international travel adventures that allow people to study cultures around the world. The center has been running these programs for more than 25 years and they are a great opportunity to broaden your appreciation for "the human condition.''
Crow Canyon works closely with American Indians and it allows them to create a diverse program. Located in the Four Corners area, this is the ancestral land of the Pueblo people. Their nations are currently located in Arizona and New Mexico, and they help create an authentic program at Crow Canyon.
Sharing information with the public is an important part of Crown Canyon's message. The center publishes a variety of material for educators and archaeologists, in both print and electronic media. Those who teach archaeology, work in the field, or just have a passion for excavation and the study of human history, you will enjoy browsing the educational materials in the collection.
Outreach programs are offered in the immediate area and beyond. These initiatives are innovative and the center partners with educational facilities across the country to reach students in various communities. Working with local teachers programs are developed that teach history and archaeology through live outreach and Internet programs. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee features an afterschool program that allows disadvantaged inner city children to participate in archaeology activities. After successfully completing the afterschool program, children are invited to spend a weekend at the Crow Canyon camp.
It is not every day you get to participate in an archaeological dig. However, at Crow Canyon, there is a dig going on everyday and those with an interest in Native American history are invited to join in and learn. Whether you are a pro or a novice, you will enjoy this experience.