Field Trip Ideas

(taken from the CHEC website)

Agriculture

Berry Patch Farms
82nd and Syracuse
Denver, CO
303-659-5050
Come and pick your own organic fruits and vegetables.
http://www.berrypatchfarms.com

Bureau of Reclamation Water and Agricultural Expo
c/o Michelle Sanchez
60 South Cactus
Cortez, CO 81321
970-562-4834
Annual (October) Expo for 5th graders - lot's of fun!

May Farms
64001 E. Hwy 36
Byers, CO 80103
303-822-5800
emai address: PattieL@mayfarms.com
webpage address: http://mayfarms.com

Pizza Farm @ Harvest Farm
4240 E. County Road 66
Wellington, CO 80524
(970) 568-9803
http://www.harvestfarm.net
Take our tour and learn how Pizza's are grown!

Animal Life

Alligator Farm
9162 County Road 9 North
Mosca, CO 81146
719-378-2612
http://www.gatorfarm.com/front.html

Barr Lake State Park
13401 Picadilly Road
Brighton, CO 80601
303-653-6005
http://www.parks.state.co.us/parks/barrlake/Pages/BarrLakeHome.aspx
For veiwing eagles, water fowl, and many other birds.

Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
719-520-6387
http://adm.elpasoco.com/PARKS/Pages/BearCreekNatureCenter.aspx

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Highway 36 and Church Ranch exit
303-469-5441
http://www.butterflies.org

Colorado Department of Wildlife
6060 Broadway
Denver, CO 80216
303-291-7262
http://wildlife.state.co.us/Pages/Home.aspx
Fish and Wildlife: 303-291-8150
Project Wild School Programs: 303-291-7328
Colorado Springs: 719-473-2945
Fort Collins: 970-472-4300
Grand Junction: 970-255-6100
Montrose: 970-249-3431

CSU College of Veterinary Science and Teaching Hospital
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1670
970-491-5847
Conducts an open house each spring as well as year-round seminars.
http://www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/ns/research/

Denver Zoo
City Park
23rd and Colorado
Denver, CO 80207
303-376-4800
http://www.denverzoo.org

Henderson Museum
University of Colorado-Boulder Campus
Campus Box 218
Boulder, CO 80309
303-492-8881
http://cumuseum.colorado.edu/About/history.html

May Natural History Museum
710 Rock Creek Canyon Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80926
719-576-0450
http://www.maymuseum-camp-rvpark.com/natural_history.htm
Nine miles south of Colorado Springs on Colorado 115. Has over 7,000 tropical invertebrates (BUGS!!). Also has a space history museum.

Prairie Wind Animal Refuge
Agate, CO 80101
303-621-2304
Sanctuary for large animals such as tigers, bears, and lions.
http://www.prairiewindanimalrefuge.net/index.htm

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Area
Building 111
Commerce City, CO 80022
303-289-0232
Bus tours give an overview of history, wildlife, and enviroment cleanup.
http://www.fws.gov/rockymountainarsenal/

Southwest Taxidermy
1837 6400 Road
Montrose, CO 81401
970-249-0486
Owned by a homeschool dad.
http://www.swwildlife.com/

Wildlife Experience
10035 South Peoria
Parker, CO80134
720-488-3304
Natural history/wildlife art museum, featuring the works of many well-known wildlife artists as well as natural history exhibits on the Colorado grasslands and the African savannah.
http://thewildlifeexperience.org/

Archaeology

Chimney Rock Archological Area
Pagosa Springs Ranger District/U.S. Forest Service
Box 310
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
970-264-2268
970-883-5359
Guided tours 1 1/2 miles long, 2-3 hours. Tours run May 15 to September 30, 4 times a day, 7 days a week.
http://www.chimneyrockco.org/mainnew.htm

Creation Tour Ministries
1812 W 101st Ave
Denver, CO 80260
1-866-681-5072

Louden-Henrize Archaeolgical Museum
Trinidad State Junior College
Trinidad, CO 81082
719-846-5508
http://www.trinidadstate.edu/archaeology-museum.html

Astronomy

Chamberlin Observatory for Astronomy
Denver University
2930 East Warren Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
303-871-5172
Open Tuesday and Thursday nights by reservation only. 1900s Telescope!
http://denverastro.org/chamberlin.html
Fiske Planetarium
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80303
303-492-5001
http://fiske.colorado.edu/
Classes provided, followed by viewing through a telescope.

Gates Planetarium
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
2001 Coloradao Boulevard
Denver, CO 80207
303-322-7009
http://www.dmns.org/planetarium/current-shows
Offers classes in astronomy and natural science. Also offers teacher training and live broadcast of the JASON Oceanography program.

U.S. Space Foundation Museum
2860 South Circle Drive, Suite #2301
Colorado Springs, CO 80906-4184
719-576-8000
800-691-4000
http://www.spacewalkoffame.com/

Aviation

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum
Hanger #1 Lowery Aire Force Base
7711 East Academy Parkway
Denver, CO
303-360-5360
http://www.wingsmuseum.org/

Biology

Denver Museum of Nature and Science Hall of Life
2001 Colorado Boulevard
Denver, CO 80207
303-329-5433
Dissection classes available.
http://www.dmns.org/

Botany

Denver Botanic Gardens
1005 York Street
Denver, CO 80206
303-331-4000
Beautiful Gardens and Plant Life.
http://www.botanicgardens.org

Four Seasons Gardens and Nursery
26650 CRP
Dolores, CO 81323
970-565-8274
http://www.fourseasonsgreenhouse.com/

Hudson Gardens
6115 South Sante Fe Drive
Littleton, CO
303-797-8565
http://www.hudsongardens.org/content/hoursandadmission.php

Conservation and Energy

Bureau of Land Managment
White River Resource Area
73544 Highway 64
Meeker, CO 81641
970-878-3601
Offices are located in Cannon City, Grand Junction, and Durango. There are lots of neat sites around Colorado that are not easy to find unless you drop by the offices first.
http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/recreation.html

Cal-Wood Conservation Education Resources Center
P.O. Box 347
Jamestown, CO 80456
303-449-0603
Offers science lectures with hands-on experiments. Overnight theme camps.
http://www.calwood.org/

Rawhide Energy Plant
2000 East Horsetooth Road
Fort Collins, Colorado 80525
970-226-4000
http://www.prpa.org/
This is a coal-fired power plant, and because it is under security, it is best for Junior/Senior high students. Not for the faint of heart; heights are involved.

Shell Oil Production Plant
Cortez, CO 81321
Very educational guided tour for production of gasoline.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Wonderful display, worksheets, and a 10 minute video they can present with a guided tour.
NREL Visitors Center-Outreach & Public Affairs
http://nrel.gov/visitors_center
1617 Cole Blvd., Golden, CO 80401-3393
303-384-6565

Earth Sciences

Cave of the Winds
P.O. Box 826
Manitou Springs, CO 80829
719-685-5444
Experience the wonder of an underground cave!
http://caveofthewinds.com/

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
1850 Table Mesa Drive
Boulder, CO 80303
303-497-1000
Self-guided tour and excellent hands on physics exhibits provided by the San Francisco Exploratorium.
http://ncar.ucar.edu/

National Oceanic and Atomospheric Administration (NOAA)
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80303
303-497-3000
http://www.boulder.noaa.gov/?q=node/3

Forts

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
35110 Highway 194 East
La Junta, CO 81050-9523
719-383-5010
A mid-1800s reconstruction of the first adobe fur trading post in the area. Periodic reenactments with participation from visitors. Quality Inn offers special programs and group rates.

Quality Inn La Junta
1325 East Third Street
La Junta, CO 81050
800-228-5151 - National
719-384-2571 Local

Fort Garland
25 miles east of Alamosa off US 160 on Highway 159
29477 Highway 159
Fort Garland, CO 81133
719-379-3512
Old army post with dioramas of San Luis Valley and military history.

Fort Uncompahgre Living History Trading Post
c/o Delta City Hall
4th and Main
Delta, CO 81416

Fort Vasquez State Historical Monument
13412 Highway 85
Platteville, CO 80651
970-785-2832
Reconstruction of an adobe fur trading post built about 1835.

Geology

Colorado School of Mines Geologic Museum
Maple and 16th Street
Golden, CO 80401
303-273-3815

Phoenix Mine
P.O. Box 3236
Idaho Springs, CO 80452
303-567-0422
A safe way to see a working underground gold and silcer mine. Real miners still push rail cars as they did years ago.
http://www.phoenixgoldmine.com.

Western Museum of Mining and Industry
1025 North Gate Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
719-488-0880

Just for Fun

Celestial Seasonings
4600 Sleepytime Drive
Boulder, CO 80301
Phone: 303-581-1266
Free tour of the tea factory with an unforgetable peppermint room.

Neoplan USA
Bus manufacturer.
Lamar, CO
Phone: 719-336-3256

Simpich Character Dolls
A Christian Family business making exquisite dolls. At their shop you can see the dolls in progress. Call for more information about their Marionette Theater.
2413 West Colorado Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Phone: 719-636-3272

Wisdom Manufacturing
Fiberglass and iron works for carnival rides.
3758 CO Road 23 7/10
Merino, CO
Phone: 970-522-7515

Boulder Ballet
Peak Arts.
Dairy Center for the Arts.
2590 Walnut Street, Suit 6
Boulder, CO 80302-5700
Phone: 303-449-1343 Information
Phone: 303-449-9291 Classes and lessons
http://www.boulderballet.org/

Colorado Ballet
1278 Lincoln Street
Denver, CO 80203
303-837-8888
http://www.coloradoballet.org

The David Simpich Marionettes
Presents an excellent full-length theatrical presentation of The Pilgrims Progress and also stories from Hans Christian Anderson.
3 Winfield Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Phone: 719-575-9886

Museums

Arvada Historical Society Flour Mill
5590 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80002
303-431-1261
303-421-0842
303-421-4391 tour information

Astor House
822 12th Street
Golden, CO 80401
303-278-3557

Black American West Museum and Heritage Center, Inc.
3091 California
Denver, CO
303-292-2566

Boggsville Museum
27898 Highway 101
Las Animas, CO 81054
719-384-8195
A museum of the first permanent settlement in southeast Colorado. This iswhere irrigation began in this farming community (mid-1800s). VisitorCenter open April through August.

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave
987 1/2 Lookout Mountain Road
Golden, CO 80401
303-526-0747

Children's Museum of Denver
2121 Children's Museum Drive
(I-25 and 23rd Avenue, Exit 211)
Denver, CO
303-433-7444
Hands-on exhibits including a year-round outdoor ski slope.
http://www.cmdenver.org

Colorado History Museum
1300 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203-2137
303-866-3682
History of Colorado classes available as well as history trunks to checkout and take home.

Colorado Territorial Prison Museum and Park
First and Macon Avenue
P. O. Box 1229
Caon City, CO 80215
719-269-3015

Denver Firefighters Museum
1326 Tremont Place
Denver, CO 80204
303-892-1436
http://www.denverfirefightersmuseum.org/

Denver Museum of Nature and Science
2001 Colorado Boulevard
Denver, CO 80207
303-322-7009
http://www.dmnh.org

Estes Park National Park Historical Museum
200 4th Street (Highway 36 and 4th)
Estes Park, CO 80517
970-586-6256

Forney Museum of Transportation
4303 Brighton Blvd. [near I-70 Exit]
Denver, CO 80216
http://www.forneymuseum.com
303-297-1113
Monday-Sat. 9am -5pm
Excellent display of automobiles, motorcycles, older means of transportation, some trains including the Union Pacific "big boy", largest steam locomotive built.

Fort Morgan Museum
414 Main St.
Fort Morgan, CO 80701
970-867-6331
Exhibits on the historic Fort Morgan, extensive arrowhead collection,restored working soda fountain, and Glenn Miller memorabilia (Miller was a Fort Morgan High School graduate). Tours, classes, and history trunks available.

Lakewood Heritage Center
797 South Wadsworth Boulevard
Lakewood, CO 80226
303-987-7850
20th century history museum.

Littleton Historical Museum
6028 South Gallup Street
Littleton, CO 80120
303-795-3950
Fourteen acres adjacent to Ketring Lake with homestead farm and museum.

Meeker House
1324 9th Street
Greeley, CO 80631
970-350-9221
The restored house of Nathan Meeker. Meeker was the founder of the Union Colony, which became the city of Greeley. He was killed in the last Indian massacre in Colorado. Tours and programs available.

Mesa Verde Museum
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330
970-529-4629

Museum of Western Colorado
P. O. Box 20000
Grand Junction, CO 81502
970-242-0971

Pro Rodeo Hall of Champions
101 Pro Rodeo Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
719-593-8840

Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Gate Way Road off 30th near Garden of the Gods Park. Living history site. Call in advance for group rates.
719-578-6777

Rusty Carter (Tours)
9409 West Ontario Drive
Littleton, CO 80128
303-814-1030
303-978-9615
Rusty Carter provides biblically-based guided tours for students and adults at the Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Zoo, State Capitol, and Dinosaur Ridge. He works with World View Academy providing training on apologetics, worldviews, and evangelism.

Native Americans

Anasazi Heritage Center
27501 Highway 184
Dolores, CO 81323
970-882-4811
Offers teachers' and children's workshops. November to February 9am to4pm, March to October 9am to 5pm. Groups need to call ahead.

Koshare Indian Museum
115 West 18th Street
La Junta, CO 81050
719-384-4411
Museum of Southwest Indians. Periodic dance and other performances bylocal Koshare Boy Scout Troops.

Manitou Cliff Dwelling Museum
Manitou Springs, CO 80829
719-685-5242

Mesa Verde National Park
970-529-4465 Park Headquarters
970-529-4461 Ranger Office

Mesa Verde Pottery
27601 Highway 160
Cortez, CO 81321
970-565-4492
Watch pottery made and painted by Native Americans. Not recommended foryounger children because of too many breakables and very slow paced.

Ute Indian Museum
17253 Chipeta Drive
Montrose, CO 81401
970-249-3098

Numismatics

American Numismatics Association
818 North Cascade
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719-632-2646
Exhibit on the history of United States coins.

American Numismatic Society
155th and Broadway
New York, NY 10032
212-234-3130
For more information on coin collecting.

United States Mint
320 West Colfax
West Colfax at Cherokee
Denver, CO 80204
303-405-4761
Free tours every 30 minutes.

Oceanography

Downtown Aquarium
700 Water Street
Denver, CO 80203
303-561-4450
http://www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumdenver/default.asp

Gates Planetarium
Denver Museum of Nataral History
2001 Colorado Boulevard
Denver, CO 80207
303-322-7009
Offers classes in astronomy and natral science. Also offers teacher training and live brodcast of the JASON Oceanography program.

Open Space and Parks

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument
P.O. Box 1648
Montrose, CO 81402

Canyon Pintado Rock Art District
Rangley Museum at Stantin Avenue
Rangley, CO 81648
970-675-2612

Castlewood Canyon State Park
Highway 83 in Franktown
Has great trails, an old homestead site, ruins of an old dam, and educational lectures, hikes, and classes.

Chimney Rock Archaeological Area
Pagosa Springs Ranger District/U.S. Forest Service
Box 310
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
970-264-2268
970-883-5359
1 1/2 miles long. 2-3 hours. Tours run May 15 to September 30, 4 times a day, 7 days a week.

Colorado National Monument
360 Grand Avenue
970-858-3617
Grand Juction Visitor Bureau
740 Horizon Drive
Grand Junction, CO 81506
800-962-2547

Crow Canyon
23390 County Road K
Cortez, CO 81321
800-422-8975

Dolores Ranger District Office
U.S. Forest Service
P.O. Box 210
Dolores, CO 81323
970-882-7296

Great Sand Dunes National Monument
Mosca, CO 81146
719-378-2312

Hovenweep National Monument
McElmo Route Country Road G
Cortez, CO 81321
970-749-0510

John Martin Reservoir/John Martin Project
29955 County Road 25.75
Hasty, CO 81044
719-336-3476

Lookout Mountain Nature Center
910 Colorow Road
Golden, CO 80401
303-526-0594

Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330
970-529-4461
Fee per vehicle.

Pike-San Isabel National Forest
1920 Valley Drive
Pueblo, CO 81008
719-545-8737
719-384-2181 LaJunta Work Center
Call for hiking and camping info on Pueblo and surrounding areas.

Plains Conservation Center
21901 East Hampden
Aurora, CO 80013
303-693-3621

Royal Gorge
303-569-2403 or 888-RAILS-4U

Theo Carson Nature Center
7301 South Platte River Parkway
Littleton, CO 80120-2968
303-730-1022

Ute Mountain Tribal Park
Towaoc, CO 81334
970-565-3751 ext. 282
800-847-5485
970-749-1452
Charge for full day or half day tours.

Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park
U.S. Highway 34 West of Loveland
Loveland, CO 80538

Paleontology

Dinosaur National Monument
P.O. Box 210
Dinosaur, CO 81610
970-374-3000
Self guided car tour through the canyon.

Dinosoaur Ridge
16831 West Alameda Parkway
Morrison, CO 80465
303-697-DINO
Expert of self-guided tours available to see over 300 dinosaur foot prints.

Dinosaur Tracks and Petroglyphs
U.S. Forest Service
1420 East 3rd Street
LaJunta, CO 81050
719-384-2181
A ten-mile hike or car tour in a remote area to view dinosaur tracks and petroglyphs. Fee and advanced reservations for guided car tours required.

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Box 185
Florissant, CO 80816
719-748-3253

Physics

Little House of Physics
Workshops presented by CSU.

Mr. Wizard Demonstrations at CU in Boulder
http://physics.colorado.edu/wizards/2cuwizards.html

Pioneer Living

Centennial Village
1475 A Street
Greeley, CO 80631
970-350-9224
Centennial Village is a complete town full of authentic restored and furnished buildings showing history of Weld County. Includes teepee, soddie, shanty homestead, school, church, depot, and original buildings from the Union Colony.

The Cherokee Ranch and Castle Foundation
P. O. Box 472
Sedalia, CO 80135
303-688-5555
Tours of a 10,000 square foot 1450s Scottish style castle built in the 1920s.

Clear Creek History Park
11th and Arapahoe Street
Golden, CO
303-278-3557

Cross Orchards Living History Farm
3073 Patterson Road
Grand Junction, CO 81504
970-434-9814, 970-434-9158

El Pueblo Museum
905 South Prairie Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81005
719-574-5274
A full-sized reproduction of a trading post in the mid-1800s.

Four Mile Historic Park
715 South Forest Street
Denver, CO 80246
303-399-1859

Golden Pioneer Museum
923 10th Street
Golden, CO 80401
303-278-7151
http://www.goldenpioneermuseum.org/

Hiwan Homestead Museum
4208 Timbervale Drive
Evergreen, CO 80439
303-674-6262
Pioneer arts and crafts program available for ages 5-18 (adobe bricks, candles, soap, and apple head dolls). After-school programs, Discovery Days, Daycamp in June for three weeks. Call for brochure.

South Park City Museum
Fairplay, CO
719-836-2387
Thirty-two historical buildings, some of which are on their original sites. An outdoor museum depicting lifestyles, professions, and trades of a late 19th century western town. Each building has been restored and furnished with authentic artifacts from the period. Open May 15 - October 15. Group rates available.

Railroad

Colorado Railroad Museum
17155 West 44th Avenue
Golden CO 80403
303-279-4591
800-365-6263
http://www.coloradorailroadmuseum.org/
Great for kids of all ages!

The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum
479 Main Avenue
Durango, CO 81301
970-247-2733
http://www.durangotrain.com
Historic steam train through the mountains and canyons of San Juan National Forest.

Georgetown Loop Railroad and Lebanon Silver Mine Tour
P. O. Box 217
1106 Rose Street
Georgetown, CO 80444
303-569-2403
800-691-4386
http://www.georgetownloop.com
Get aboard in Georgetown or Silver Plume to ride an authentic steam engine train. Then get off to tour the Lebanon Silver Mine.

Royal Gorge Train
303-569-2403
888-RAILS-40
A two-hour round-trip train ride from the canyon to the bottom of Royal Gorge.

State History

Governor's Mansion
400 East 8th Avenue
Denver, CO 80203
303-866-3682

Molly Brown House
1340 Pennsylvania
Denver, CO 80203
303-832-4092

State Capitol
Broadway and Colfax
Denver, CO 80202
303-866-2604
Free tours