Every great museum has a great volunteer core. Our museum sites are no exception, and we need more dedicated and enthusiastic people to join us.

Museum volunteers dive in behind the scenes to help professional paleontologists at Dinosaur Journey and out at our quarry sites. They host school children from throughout the region who come to Museum of the West to learn about Western Colorado’s early settlers, and dress in period costumes for ‘Fall Day on the Farm’ at Cross Orchards Historic Site. We have volunteers who have become the Museum’s resident experts in archaeology, paleontology, and a wide range of local heritage subjects; others come in daily to maintain archives, catalogue artifacts, and contribute in countless other ways.

Volunteers are essential to our continued success. If you are looking for a meaningful way to contribute to this community, we would love to have you join our team. We host volunteer training sessions twice a year. If you are interested in information regarding our next class, apply here.

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Teacher and Docent Guides

Museum of the West Dinosaur Journey Museum Cross Orchards Historic Site
Teachers Guide – Elementary Teachers Guide

Teachers Guide K-3

Teachers Guide 7-9

Docent Guide Docent Guide Docent Guide


Links for Volunteers

How to Give A Great Tour

Volunteers In the News!

Volunteers who play in the dirt

“I don’t do manicures!” Kay Fredette said with a chuckle.

She’s far too rough on her hands for fancy nails. For 31 years, she’s worked as a volunteer at the Rabbit Valley, Mygatt-Moore fossil quarry. You will find her there three days a week in the summer, on her hands and knees in the heat or carrying buckets of rocks.

Read more here. Thanks to the Beacon Senior News for the great story!