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    Hovenweep

    National Monument CO,UT

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    Using GPS to find your way to Hovenweep is not recommended. Since Hovenweep has 6 different units with numerous paved and dirt roads intesecting each other, GPS will send visitors to unknown locations other than to the park. Using a map is recommended.

Canyon Country Outdoor Education

Atlatl throwing
Third graders from Blanding Elementary use an atlatl to learn about levers.
NPS photo
 

Canyon Country Outdoor Education (CCOE) is a cooperative venture between the National Park Service, local school districts, and nonprofit organizations in southeast Utah. Field trips are conducted to Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Hovenweep National Monument, Natural Bridges National Monument and other areas.

The goals for this program are:

  • To support the mission of the National Park Service and the Parks as Classrooms® program, as well as park management's goals.
  • To help students safely experience and understand natural and cultural resources of our national parks, surrounding areas and the earth as a whole.
  • To enhance existing state-approved science curricula.
  • To expose students to a wide range of environmentally responsible activities in the outdoors so they can develop skills, judgment, confidence and sensitivity.
  • To raise environmental awareness in the younger generation to prepare them for future roles as decision makers and voters.

The curriculum materials CCOE uses are available for download. They are designed for grades one through six engaging with desert habitats, but they could be adapted for other grades and other ecosystems.

Internships with the CCOE program are available spring and fall. If you like children and working outdoors, consider applying for one of these opportunities partnering with San Juan County School District.

To learn more about the program or obtain help in adapting lesson plans, please contact:

National Park Service
Canyon Country Outdoor Education
PO Box 40
Monticello, UT 84535
(435) 587-2737 phone

Please note that outdoor education staff are only available during the school year (August to June). If you need assistance outside of this time, please contact the park directly.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The rocks at Hovenweep were deposited over 100 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period. The landscape at that time featured streams, lakes and flood plains. The Dakota Sandstone forms the mesa tops and cliffs in the area, while the Burro Canyon Shale forms talus slopes.