November 16, 2012 at 16:12 PM EST
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center Offers Discounts to Schools
Students Can Explore the Archaeology of the Southwest with Discounted Seasonal Rates

CORTEZ, Colo., Nov. 16, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Every year, more than 1,000 students from schools across the country come to the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colo., to explore the archaeology of the Southwest. Now schools can take advantage of a 20% off seasonal discount when they bring students to the Center for field trips or overnight programs in March or October of 2013 or 2014.

Crow Canyon's field trips and overnight school group programs are packed with fun, experiential activities: excavating at a real or simulated archaeological site, analyzing artifacts in the lab, "experiencing" ancestral Pueblo Indian life at the Center's Pithouse and Pueblo learning centers, reconstructing Pueblo history in the classroom and touring the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park.

Crow Canyon's curriculum articulates with National Education Standards in social science, history, science, geography and math, making the Crow Canyon experience a valuable enhancement to traditional classroom instruction. The Center's educators have extensive backgrounds in teaching, anthropology and American Indian arts. And at Crow Canyon's current excavation site and in the research laboratory, students are guided by staff archaeologists.

Crow Canyon believes that dialog with native peoples is essential to reconstructing a history that is inclusive, accurate and informed. Crow Canyon's American Indian initiatives department works closely with the Center's Native American Advisory Group in the design and implementation of education curriculum.

Schools are urged to sign up now for a field trip or overnight school group program to secure a favored time slot. One- to five-day programs are offered for grades 4–12. For more information and suggestions for raising funds to attend Crow Canyon programs, call 800-422-8975, ext. 146, or go to www.crowcanyon.org/schools.

About the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

The not-for-profit Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, located near Cortez, Colorado, conducts long-term, multidisciplinary research into the ancestral Pueblo Indians of the southwestern United States and provides experiential education programs for adults and children. The Center also collaborates with American Indians on a wide variety of initiatives of mutual interest, including research projects, education curricula, and language- and cultural-preservation programs.

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