Crow Canyon Archaeological Center—High School Field School | Summer Programs

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center—High School Field School


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.

General Info

Name Crow Canyon Archaeological Center—High School Field School
Location Cortez, CO
Year-round Contacts 800-422-8975
Program Focuses & Features Archaeology, Conservation, Exploration, Hiking, Outdoor Education
Grade Range (rising grades) 9-12
Age Range Residential — Coed Ages 15-18
Application Deadline Rolling
Director Kari Schleher, Director
Residential Fee $4750-4875, 3 weeks. College credit.
Year Established 1983
Dates & Sessions June-July; 3 sessions, 1-3 weeks long


Kari Schleher, Director