School Programs

On site tours:

school group DineTours are available at each of the three museums for a special tour fee, during normal operating hours. For a small additional fee, docents can be available. Please call 970.242.0971, Monday – Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm to schedule.

  • Cross Orchards Historic Site: students experience history at a historic orchard. Docented tours can provide additional information on and experiences in historic crafts and lifeways. During the month of October, for a small additional fee, students can watch a cider pressing on a historic press and taste the result.
  • Museum of the West: provides students with an overview of Western Slope prehistory and history.
  • Dinosaur Journey: teaches students about geology and paleontology, with special focus on the Western Slope.


District 51 Partnership:

Our partnership with District 51 provides unique resources to its schools:

  • Education kits: Are available for checkout and come with curriculum and teacher training materials.
    • Prehistoric Native Americans: The “Ancient Ones” kit provides students with an understanding of the peoples that inhabited the Western Slope before the arrival of the Utes. They learn about their environments and lifeways and how these changed over time.
    • Paleontology: focuses on the natural history of the Grand Valley and western Colorado over the last 225 million years. Students are able to interact with casts and real fossils in engaging, standards-based embedded activities.
  • intersession campIntersession camps:
    • In partnership with the school district and the Bureau of Land Management, the Museum provides intersession camps, free of charge, to students in the district. These camps are on a first come, first served basis and fill up fast.