Getting Ready for 2016
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Aztec Ruins National Monument is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing locally and get involved!
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Aztec High School JROTC cadets spent the spring and summer of 2012 employed at Aztec Ruins through a Youth Conservation Corps grant. They completed many projects to improve natural and cultural resources, facilities, and visitor experience. They also received ranger programs at the Monument and in their classroom. Read more
One hundred and forty students from Kirtland Central High School and Miller Middle School in Durango will work on service learning projects and take field trips into Aztec Ruins National Monument during the 2012-2013 school year. The project is funded through the National Park Foundation's Park Stewards program and helps Aztec Ruins advance the National Park Service education mission. Read more
The Aztec Ruins National Monument 2012 Demonstration Garden offers an active, living interpretation of ancestral Pueblo crops and techniques. By involving local youth like the JROTC cadets, we are immersing future stewards into learning local history and ancient cultural adaptations. We are also inviting educators, visitors, and community members to participate in interpreting the rich history of ancestral Pueblo subsistence and food production. Read more
Did You Know?
When he was only six years old, Earl Morris became intrigued with Southwest archeological sites including Aztec Ruins. Years later, after graduating from the University of Colorado, he began excavations at Aztec Ruins for the American Museum of Natural History.