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School Programs

Education and Outreach Programs

School ProgramsStaff and docents are available to provide enriching educational experiences in your classroom.


Artifacts, slides, models and maps are used to involve students in interactive learning. Rates vary according to presentation and group size. Call for a complete list of available programs.

 

We have the following programs available:

  • Archaeology of the Grand Valley
  • Cast a Dinosaur
  • Dinosaurs and Geology of Western Colorado
  • Life Before the Dinosaurs
  • Mammals of North America
  • The Grand Valley in Pictures
  • The World of Rocks and Minerals
  • Turn of the 20th Century Toys

Our loan materials are available, at no charge, for one week.

  • Antique Toy Truck
  • Birds of Prey
  • Cattle in Colorado History
  • Dinosaur Box
  • Fossil Box
  • Grand Valley History

To schedule a tour or program, please call (970) 242-0971.

 

On-Site Education Programs Available

Cross Orchards Location

Cross Orchards Historic Site

Step back in time and experience early life in the Grand Valley

 

 

Dinosaur Journey Quick LinkDinosaur Journey

Get your dinosaur fix at the Dinosaur Journey museum located in Fruita Colorado

 

Museum of the West

Museum of the West, Sterling T. Smith Educational Tower, and

Loyd Files Research Library

3 Museum Combination

 

 

School Tours

Whitman Educational Center
248 S. Fourth St.
This historic building housed the Museum of Western Colorado from 1966 to 1999; it now contains administrative offices, meeting rooms and classrooms. The beautifully restored classrooms are available for rent at non-profit rates.

 


Historic Downtown Grand Junction Walking Tours
Enjoy a one hour stroll through Grand Junction's past complete with fascinating historic details about the people, events and businesses that have made the city what it is today.

 

 


Paleontology Tours
Rabbit Valley Research Natural Area
30 miles west of Grand Junction
Location of the Mygatt-Moore Quarry
The Trail Through Time (1.5 mile) features dinosaur bone and plant fossil exposures.

 

 


Riggs Hill
South Broadway & Meadows Way (Redlands)
Location of the first Brachiosaurus discovered in 1900
The trail (.75 mile) leads to the historic quarry & provides an excellent view of the Grand Valley's geology.

 

 


Dinosaur Hill
Highway 340, South of I-70 (Fruita)
The scenic hiking trail (1 mile) goes past the location of the Apatosaurus which was collected in 1901 by Chicago's Field Columbian Museum.

 

To schedule a tour or program, please call (970) 242-0971.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Upcoming Events

Dino Digs
  • Dinosaur Tracks of Moab - May 4
  • Fossils of the Front Range
  • Jurassic Lizards One Day Dig - May 22
  • Jurassic Explorers One Day Trip - May 26
  • Jurassic Lizards One Day Dig - May 27

  • Lectures and Programs
  • Friday Evening Tours - May
  • Changing Landscapes of Science Lecture - Technology, May
  • May Oral History Program
  • Changing Landscapes of Science Lecture - Technology, June
  • June Oral History Program

  • Special Events
  • Spring Day on the Farm
  • Dinosaur Tracks of Moab Partnership Tour - May 29
  • Heritage Day
  • Dinosaur Tracks of Moab Partnership Tour - June 26
  • Dinosaur Tracks of Moab Partnership Tour - July 31

  • Trips and Tours
  • Trading Posts and Native Arts of the Navajo and Hopi
  • Aspen’s Historic Jerome Hotel
  • Wild West Forensic Trip
  • Fossils of the Front Range
  • Canyonlands by Night Tour
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