Programs & Groups : School Groups

PCC SCHOOL PROGRAMS (Offered Year 'Round)
Experience the natural and cultural heritage of the High Plains of Colorado and learn how conservation of water and other resources is vital.  Hands-on activities are designed to meet Colorado Model Content Standards (listed in italics).  You may spend your whole visit with activities in one topic area, or allow one hour for each topic area planned. Select this link to view the PCC "School Program Guide". Also see Preschool Groups.

Programs are adjusted for age/grade level. Minimum visit time--2 hours (preschools 1.5 hours). Allow minimum 1 hour for each topic area. For in-depth experiential visits, see Field Schools.

Mary Ann Bonnell

Grassland Ecosystem
Explore our 1,100-acre prairie featuring animals such as prairie dogs, pronghorn, coyotes, hawks, owls, and songbirds with an interpretive naturalist.  Meet prairie reptiles and amphibians and see pelts, feathers, and skulls in our indoor classroom.  Find evidence of animals outdoors — burrows, tracks, feeding areas, and scat.  See Fees

natural cycles, the food chain, and  interrelationships and learn about conservation.  May include a walk or wagon ride, activities, and storytelling.  
(Science 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5; Geography 3.1, 3.2, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6)

Soddy Pioneers
Discover the 1880s in our replica sod buildings--the MacLean soddy, the blacksmith shop, and Danielson School.   Students will gain an understanding of human dependence on natural resources (such as water and soil) in the past and compare that with their use in the present.  Activities may include lessons in the school,  a look at life in a soddy, agriculture in action, pioneer games,  storytelling.
(Science 4.1, 4.3, 5; Geography 2.1, 3.1, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6; History 3.1, 3.2)

William Raines

Cheyenne Indian Camp
Interpreters will bring the world of the mid-1800s Cheyenne People to life in the Cheyenne-style tipi camp.  Furnished and with backrests, buffalo robes and the accouterments of daily life, the Cheyenne-style tipis show the advantages and challenges of one of the first mobile homes.  Learn how these early plains dwellers relied on the resources at hand for their survival through games, activities, and storytelling. (Science 4.1, 4.3, 5; Geography 2.1, 3.1, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6; History 3.1, 3.2)

For Pre-School groups we plan 1.5 hours of programming.  
Groups planning to stay for 2 hours should plan a 30 minute break for snack or lunch.

We recommend our TOUCH AND FEEL program to Preschool Groups.   This program includes a wagon ride/walk to experience the prairie first hand and a “touch and feel” session in our nature center with feathers, animal skins and live prairie animals.  Songs and finger plays optional.  Winter months:  let us bring our program to your location.  Call for details.  (Science 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5)

Fee Schedule 
A 1.5 or two-hour experience is $5 per child ($4 for Title 1 schools)
A three-hour experience is $7 per child.(no reduced rate for Title 1 schools) Programs available Mon-Fri, year round. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED —we recommend at least 3-4 months in advance (8-12 months for early fall and late spring).*Please note that on January 1, 2011, prices for 1.5 or two-hour program will change to $6 per child ($5 for Title 1 schools) and the three-hour experience price is $8 per child ($7 for Title 1 schools).

If rain/snow/mud or other inclement weather prevents us from using our wagons or presenting outdoor programs, the PCC reserves the right to substitute another excellent program. PCC programs are canceled/rescheduled ONLY if severe weather makes road travel hazardous.

Fran Blanchard

(One or Two Full Days, Overnight)
Immerse your students in their prairie home with unique, experiential learning designed to help students compare and contrast how people have used resources over the last 175 years.  Walk through the prairie grasses.  Take a wagon ride to explore the secrets of prairie animals in their natural habitat.  Create a slice of daily life with chores, cooking, exploration, and activities typical of 1840s Plains Indians or 1880s soddy pioneers.  Experience an evening filled with campfire stories and a night sky program culminating in an unforgettable overnight on the prairie.

Programs can be devoted solely to one subject area or combined to explore the prairie through time.  Call 303-693-3621 to request an information packet with sample programs and fees.  We can tailor a program to suit your educational and financial needs. sample programs
(Science 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5; Geography 3.1, 3.2, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6; History 3.1, 3.2)

Fran Blanchardr




Dave Showalter

Visitors Welcome

We welcome drop-in visitors Monday – Saturday year-round. Monday - Saturday hours are 8 am - 4 pm, no admission fee.  Reserved programs will be offered year-round, please see “Calendar of Events & Activities” for upcoming programs.   



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