PLANNING A GROUP VISIT TO THE ANASAZI HERITAGE CENTER
Imagine living on the Colorado Plateau nine hundred years ago. How would that affect your home, the food you eat, your lifestyle and culture? Discover answers to these questions and more when you share the Anasazi Heritage Center with your students. The AHC offers students the opportunity to learn about the past-- and how we know about it-- through multidisciplinary activities to inspire appreciation and stewardship of the landscape that is home to all of us.
Admission and activities are free for school groups who call us in advance. Groups enjoy adequate bus parking, picnic tables and facilities for up to approximately 100 students per group.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU CALL:
- PREPARATION (PDF): Review our page on Field Trip Preparation and Goals, which includes our Terms of Agreement and guidance for chaperones. Please provide at least one chaperone (teacher, parent, or other adult) per 10 students.
More chaperones provide a better field trip experience.
- ACTIVITIES (PDF): Review possible group activities, led by an AHC Educator and scheduled by advance arrangement. Plan for a minimum of one hour per activity. For educational and safety reasons, we limit activities to 20 students per available AHC educator. (Activities listed as Outreach Classes may also be offered at the museum.)
- GROUP SIZE: Before arriving please divide your group into subgroups-- no more than 10 students per adult chaperone, no more than 20 students per hour-long activity.
HAVE READY THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
- Organization or school name
- Contact person's address, phone and fax numbers, email
- Date and times of visit (Plan for alternate dates if your first choice is not available.)
- Grade or ages of participants
- Number of students and adults expected.
AN EDUCATOR WILL CONTACT YOU TO PLAN YOUR VISIT WITH YOU.
TEACHER / STUDENT PREPARATION AND GOALS
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- Try to visit the museum before bringing your group. Activities will take place inside the museum, on the plaza in front of the museum, along the 1/2 mile (paved) interpretive nature trail, at Escalante Pueblo, and in the wooded area between the road and parking lot. Participants need weather-appropriate clothing and covered footwear. We strongly suggest hats, sunscreen, and water bottles for outdoor activities.
PREPARE YOUR STUDENTS:
- Prepare your students for the visit by discussing what a museum is and what museums do. Review rules and expectations of the Anasazi Heritage Center, included as Terms of Agreement in the Teacher-Student Preparation PDF.
- Please provide name tags for your students so that AHC Educators may personally address them.
- Identify goals for the trip. Make it part of a larger unit on prehistory of this region, on other cultures, archaeology, or another special topic. Discuss your goals with the AHC educator before the visit. The Anasazi Heritage Center also loans artifact kits for classroom use.
- Take time to discuss the meaning of "culture" with your students before the field trip. Gallery Walk-Group Leader includes a discussion of culture.
- Have students generate their own questions so that they seek answers beyond the lessons and activities provided by the Center.
- Some general goals for your students might include these (for example):
- Correctly say the TWO names commonly used for the prehistoric culture which occupied this region.
- Identify modern people who are descendents of this culture.
- Identify cultural markers for the Ancestral Puebloans, including three major crops, two domesticated animals, how they constructed their homes, what materials they used for clothing.
- Explain why preserving places like Dominguez and Escalante Pueblos is important, and two possible ways to protect them.
- Explain some ways archaeologists can tell about the past through objects left behind.
- After the field trip, have students respond to the trip through writing, artwork, or class presentations on what they learned.
PREPARE YOUR CHAPERONES:
- If possible, plan a meeting of all adults before the trip to discuss rules, expectations, and goals.
- Chaperones are responsible for
- orderly conduct at all times at the Center.
- ensuring the safety and well-being of students.
- providing a model of proper behavior and attire (Please refrain from talking on your cell phone or among yourselves during program time).
- assisting with group discipline and helping to maintain focus.
- ensuring that no student leaves the group without adult supervision.
- maintaining a student headcount throughout the day.
- ensuring that lunch areas are cleaned up after use.
- providing assistance in case of an emergency.
- In the event of an evacuation of the Center: Students and chaperones should leave the building and assemble in the parking lot near the exit driveway.
AFTER YOUR VISIT:
Please take time to complete an evaluation of your visit. You may choose a group leader, student, or both! These evaluations help us to improve our programs for you and your students! DOWNLOAD EVALUATION FORM