View of La Plata Mountains from Escalante Pueblo


The Anasazi Heritage Center's educational mission is to promote

  • protection and stewardship of fragile cultural resources. 
  • an understanding of the Ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) culture through experiential lessons and activities. 
  • best archaeological practices to make the least impact on archaeological sites. 
  • an appreciation of the rich landscape, history (including prehistory) and diverse cultures that contribute to our unique Four Corners area.

Our experienced and enthusiastic educators offer students of all ages hands-on lessons and activities to increase their knowledge of the past while inspiring further learning. Every year they work with about 2,000 students from all over the country, as well as providing in-school programs for local schools.

The Anasazi Heritage Center offers a variety of education resources and opportunities. Please review our offerings below, then contact 

Diane McBride, 970-882-5628,  

or 970-882-5600 (AHC main number).

Download PDF list of AHC on-site activities, available when scheduled in advance

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    Planning a class field trip to the Anasazi Heritage Center
  • Programs in Local Schools (50 mile radius from AHC)  Can’t take a field trip? Need more than one day with AHC activities? Many of our activities can come to your school! Contact Diane McBride, 970-882-5628 or for more information. 
  • "Who Were the Anasazi?"  answers many common teacher and student questions about the Ancestral Puebloan people.
  • Junior Explorer Archaeological Program: Kids who visit the museum can discover archaeology and the exciting world of the Ancestral Puebloans (or Anasazi) while earning certification as an official Junior Explorer. Just ask for this booklet at the museum's information desk when you arrive.
  • Our student-friendly guidebook "Gallery Walk: Learning from the Main Exhibits" provides a structure for student visits.  (See Gallery Walk-Teacher's Version).
  • The Escalante Pueblo Curriculum is a collection of 10 award-winning lesson plans. These lessons are ideal for classroom use-- or if classroom teachers, themselves, would like to lead their group through the museum.  
  • Artifact Loan Kits: Sets of genuine artifacts are available for loan to teachers for classroom use. Each kit is an opportunity to touch and learn about the culture of Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) or modern Native American people. These kits are organized by several different themes and include suggested classroom activities. Contact or leave a message for Kelly Ritter  at (970) 882-5620.
  • Project Archaeology  offers teacher workshops, student activity books, lesson plans, posters, articles and general information on heritage education.
  • Archaeology education web links   (Outside links to a variety of resources) 
  • BLM Learning Landscapes, a nationally-organized program and web site.
  • Museum Shop. A variety of teaching aids are available in our shop... including basic books on archaeology and native cultures, music, craft kits, children's books, maps, posters, and more. Managed in cooperation with the Canyonlands Natural History Association.
  • The teacher's guide Getting to Know Canyons of the Ancients National Monument (available from the AHC library or bookstore) summarizes the natural and cultural history of the Monument, with suggested student activities and helpful hints for field trips.  
  • Archaeology Library. The museum maintains a specialized archaeology-oriented library with over 5000 titles, including videotapes and DVDs. The library is open to the public on weekdays by appointment. A librarian is usually available to offer assistance on Tuesday and Friday mornings. For inquiries, call (970) 882-5638 or email volunteer librarian Catherine Allen. A fee may be charged for shipping library items. 
  • Workshops for Educators. With prior arrangement, the museum may help to organize and host an educator workshop on classroom or field trip curricula. Workshops may be arranged for several hours or several days.  Continuing education credits may be available.