Crow Canyon Archaeological Center High School Field School

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Basic Information

Address: 23390 Road K, Cortez, CO 81321
Phone Number: (800) 422-8975
President: Liz Perry
Admissions Director: Dr. Susan Ryan
Summer Sessions Coordinator: Enrollment Office

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Crow Canyon Archaeological Center High School Field School
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Crow Canyon Archaeological Center High School Field School
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Additional Information

School Type: Field School
Accreditation: RPA-5
Deadlines: until filled
Courses: Archaeology
Session Dates: June 24–July 14, 2018
Classroom Size: 20


Financial Aid:

Scholarships available

Campus Setting:

Crow Canyon is located amidst majestic mountains, mesas, and canyons about 4 miles northwest of the town of Cortez in southwestern Colorado. We are 15 miles west of the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park and 40 miles northeast of the Four Corners Monument, where the states of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico meet.

Summer Housing Availability:

Crow Canyon's 170-acre campus, located just outside the town of Cortez, features a large meadow, pinyon- and juniper-covered hillsides, and spectacular views of Mesa Verde and the La Plata Mountains. A short nature trail winds through the woods. Buildings on campus include the lodge, where camp participants take their meals; the cabins, where students are housed; and the Gates Archaeology Laboratory, which houses classrooms, offices, and a small gift shop in addition to the lab. Two learning centers--one a life-size replica of a seventh-century pithouse, the other of a twelfth-century pueblo--allow students to "experience" life in the ancient past.

Camp participants share accommodations in comfortable cabins, which are new in 2016. The cabins have been designed to be energy efficient and to blend well with the landscape. Chaperons stay in separate rooms in the cabins and provide supervision. The cabins are coed, but individual rooms are not; your child's roommates will be other camp participants of the same sex.

Disability Services:

Our cabins are ADA compliant, and we can accommodate special needs students.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is to empower present and future generations by making the human past accessible and relevant through archaeological research, experiential education, and American Indian knowledge.

School History:

Founded in 1983. Crow Canyon is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Additional Information:

High School Field School students become part of our research team, working with our archaeologists on the Northern Chaco Outliers Project. Through this in-depth summer enrichment program for teens, you can earn credit and gain experience that will look great on a college application or a resume.

This intensive field school program is much more than an academic/science camp. You'll learn excavation and lab techniques, then work alongside our archaeologists. You’ll dig at the Haynie site, which contains two Chaco–period (A.D. 1050–1140) great houses and numerous small houses. You’ll also wash, catalog, and analyze artifacts in our research laboratory, learn about scientific methods for dating archaeological sites, and enter data into our research database.

High School Field School also provides opportunities to learn about American Indian cultures, past and present. Explore the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Try your hand at ancient technologies, like throwing spears with an atlatl, weaving on a loom, and making pottery. And on weekends, you will take part in exciting excursions such as hiking, camping, and rafting trips.

In 2015 USA Today named our archaeology summer camps one of the 10 best adventure camps for kids.