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Discover and investigate the wonders of Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. At your morning arrival your group of 50 students total (maximum) will be divided into smaller workgroups. Workgroups rotate through several learning stations including visiting the Great House, doing hands-on activities, viewing a puppet show, watching the park film, and visiting the museum, depending on your time, interests, and requests. Students should expect to be outside most of the visit and plan accordingly. Water bottles, hats, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing are a MUST have for each person.

Each workgroup of 5 students will stay with their assigned chaperone throughout their entire park visit (groups must have adult chaperones with a ratio of one adult per 5 students, for example a group of 50 students would be expected to bring 10 chaperones). This is to provide a positive learning experience, respect the rights of other visitors, and protect the important resources we manage.

Our main program requires at least one and one half hours to work with the students and can be followed by lunch in the park picnic area. We would most prefer two hours with the students followed by lunch. If snack breaks are required, please let us know. It works best if snack is organized as a group activity without requiring students to find and raid their individual lunch packs for food or drink.

Students may be asked to work with their chaperone without a ranger or volunteer guide. Instructions and timing schedules will be given to the adults, if the instructions are not followed the park visit may not meet all planned goals. Materials such as crayons, markers, modeling clay, paint, and paper are all non-toxic and washable. The activity will be introduced to each workgroup and the adults will assist the students in completing the product.

The topics that will be covered include: How old is the Great House? Why is the Great House important? Who built the Ruins? Why are they Ruins? How can we help protect the Ruins? It is possible that the program may include a sing-a-long tune or two.

While the students are in the park they will be reminded:

-Please respect the environment during your visit. This includes plants, animals, the ruins, other people and yourself. Even the park rattlesnakes are part of the park environment and should not be harmed or harassed.

- Please stay off the walls and the ruins. Archeological sites are very fragile. Sitting, climbing, jumping over, or crawling over the ruins is not an acceptable behavior. The ruins are not a playground.

- Please leave artifacts where you find them. If you see a piece of pottery or other artifact, tell a ranger. We'll examine it together and leave it in place. Where and how it is found may be just as important as what is found.

- Please don't share your food with the ground squirrels. They will eat it but it isn't good for them.

- Please don't add any graffiti to the ruins. What would your parents say if you wrote on the walls at school or at home?

- Please stay out of the closed areas unless you are with a ranger. These areas are closed because they are fragile. We also want you stay safe and the closed areas are less safe than the public areas of the park.

As you make your plans please consider the following requirments:

-Please make reservations at least three weeks in advance of your intended arrival. You will need at least one and one half hour for a group of 20 to 50 students. Maximum group size is 50 students.

-A minimum of one adult chaperone per five students is mandatory. Each chaperone must supervise the students specifically assigned to them at all times. We will not waive fees for extra adults over twice the necessary number i.e. a group of 50 students may bring 10-20 adults without charge, additional adults will need to pay the $5 entrance fee per person.

-Please inform all adults and students of above reminders prior to your visit.

-BUS PARKING is located east of the visitor center past the service entrance road. Please have the bus park so students can unload onto the sidewalk and inform bus drivers that they must turn off their engines during the visit.

-BEFORE students are unloaded from the bus, the group leader should inform a ranger at the front desk that the group has arrived.

-Please keep students on the sidewalks to avoid accidents in the parking lot area.

-Entrance fees can be waived for teachers and chaperones accompanying qualified educational groups. Fee waivers must be requested at least two weeks before the scheduled visit.


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National/State Standards:
American History:AZ Strand 1:Concept 1: PO 1/PO 2/PO 3
American History:AZ Strand 1:Concept 2: PO 1/PO 2
Visual Arts:AZ Strand 1:Concept 2
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Music:AZ Strand 2:Relate, Concept 3
Theater:AZ Strand 1:PO 101/PO 104
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