Chaco Culture rangers, archaeologists, geologists, biologists, and paleontologists are available to present free programs in K-12 classrooms in the Four Corners area. Call 505-786-7014 x 263 or e-mail to schedule a visit for your class.
2013-2014 Classroom Ranger Programs
Exploring Earth Science at Chaco Canyon
Learn about how the Earth works and explore ancient worlds in the cliffs and ruins of Chaco Canyon. We will discuss the basic concepts of how the planet is put together, what made Chaco Canyon a canyon, and how people have used it and its geology throughout time.
The Dark Night Sky: who uses it and how we're losing it
The night was important to the Chaco people, and Chaco Canyon is still a great place to view the dark night sky. Learn about light pollution and how it affects us and nocturnal wildlife. Discover how light pollution impacts plants and insects.
Elkology (Available through 2/22/14)
Learn about Chaco's elk through trivia questions, stories, fun facts, pictures and videos. This presentation explores elk history in New Mexico and at Chaco Culture National Historical Park. We will also look at how elk are changing the landscape today.
The History of Chaco Canyon: a Paleontological Perspective (Available through 2/22/14)
A paleontological perspective of the history of Chaco Canyon spanning from approximately 85-75 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period; a time when the landscape of northwest New Mexico was influenced by a large inland sea. The rocks at Chaco preserve the remains of ancient life from sea creatures such as sharks, giant marine lizards, and clams, to dinosaurs, turtles, and crocodiles that inhabited the land. Students will also gain an understanding of the process of fossilization, and learn about paleontology as a scientific discipline. Fossil specimens for students to handle and touch can be provided.
Chaco Archaeology, Artifacts, and Preservation
Learn about the archaeological history of Chaco Canyon, archaeological artifacts that provide clues to how the Ancestral Puebloans lived, and preservation efforsts practiced today to preserve and protect these cultural and archaeological resources for the public.
Navajo Perspective of Rock Art
chaco Canyon is a unique place full of Navajo history that spans from generation to generation. This program shares the Navajo perspective of the historic rock art as a method of storytelling about the people, the culture, the tradition and their livelihood.
Secrets in the Dirt
How we know what we know about Chaco: A look at the years of excavations, research and discovery that has continued to change our perspective of the Chacoan people and their culture.
Did You Know?
On January 21, 1941, after a year of record rains, Threatening Rock fell and crushed about 60 rooms at Pueblo Bonito that had been excavated by Neil Judd in the 1920s. More...