SCHOOL & SCHEDULED TOURS

School/scheduled tours and programs are available on weekydays, year-round, for groups of 12 or more participants. Please schedule at least two weeks in advance.

SCHOOL TOURS: Available to schools and homeschool groups. See below for 5 program options

NON-SCHOOL GROUPS: Available to groups of all ages including large family/corporate events, summer camps, daycares, civic groups, clubs, and senior centers. Any of the programs below can be modified for your group, but for adult groups, we recommend our Dinosaur Freeways or Fossil Traces in Swampy Places tours.

To begin the reservation process, please:

1) Review the program options and add-on activities below

2) View the calendar at the bottom of the page for available tour dates/times

3) Complete and submit the Scheduling Request Form at the bottom of this page

Programs

Dinosaur Freeways/ Cretaceous Seaways (3rd Grade-Adult)

Fossil Traces in Swampy Places (3rd Grade-Adult)

Explore our world famous fossil sites! This inquiry-based program uses your own bus(es) or van(s) to visit at least four areas on Dinosaur Ridge giving students the chance to interact with the bones and tracks of dinosaurs as well as unique geologic features. Our trained guides focus on fossils/rock layers and how they form, and how ancient climates are different from today and changed over time. Students will be engaged in the scientific method with time for observations and questions. This tour can be modified to focus on in-class curriculum upon request. Best for 3rd grade-adults.

Travel back in time to Colorado's ancient swamp environment filled with palm trees and the footprints of Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus. This progam is a guided walking tour of our Golden, Colorado site: Triceratops Trail. (Does not take place onsite at Dinosaur Ridge.) Triceratops Trail is a hiking trail featuring a complete ancient ecosystem filled with worms, beetles, birds, lizards, and at least three different types of dinosaurs. Best for 3rd Grade - Adults

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    Length of program: 1.5 hours

    Chaperone Requirement: 1 adult per every 10 students

    Age Appropriateness: Recommended for 3rd grade to adult

    Maximum Program Capacity: 250 participants (including chaperones)

    Meeting Location: Dinosaur Ridge Main Visitor Center (16831 W. Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465)

    Fee & Deposit: Schools are $4/student and non-teacher chaperones. Teachers are free. Non-school groups are $5/person. Staff is free. Minimum deposit for 12 participants required. Scholarships available to Title I schools.

    NOTE: There are many variations of the Dinosaur Ridge Tour for large groups, younger students, and longer walking tours with smaller groups. (Pricing varies for walking tours and customized programs.) Please inquire with Barbara Farley at tours@dinoridge.org about a variation or customization for your group!

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    Length of program: 1.5 hours

    Chaperone Requirement: 1 adult per every 10 students

    Age Appropriateness: Recommended for 3rd Grade to adult

    Maximum Program Capacity: 65 participants (including chaperones)

    Meeting Location: Dinosaur Ridge Main Visitor Center (16831 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465)

    Fee & Deposit: Schools are $4/student and non-teacher chaperones. Teachers are free. Non-school groups are $5/person. Staff is free. Minimum deposit for 12 participants required. Scholarships available to Title I schools.

 Junior
 Paleontologist
 Program
 (K-3rd Grade)
 NEW & IMPROVED

“Dinosaurs, Fossils & Miners, Oh My!”  - REVISED PROGRAM

(PreK-2nd Grade)

How do paleontologists find dinosaur bones and how do they piece together clues to discover the ancient past? In this hands-on, inquiry-based program, young students will begin to answer these questions. Our trained guides lead students through our Dinosaur Dig Pit, our world famous dinosaur tracksite (with over 300 dinosaur footprint), and our outdoor exhibit of life-sized dinosaurs. Throughout the program, students will be engaged in the scientific method with ample time for observation, prediction, and questions. This program requires your own bus or van to drive to the track site (or add an additional 30-40 minutes to walk to and from the track site.)  Best for Kinder- 3rd Grade Groups

Join us on an interactive tour of Colorado’s fascinating history and the paleontologists and explorers who help tell its story. This Visitor Center-based towards groups of young students, allowing them to experience the interactive Backyard Bones: Dinosaur Dig Pit, participate in a clue-matching activity with fossil props and our life-sized dinosaur model, and try their luck in a hands-on sluice mining activity. The groups will rotate through these three areas. (This program does not visit Dinosaur Ridge to see the fossils/tracksite.)

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    Length of Program: 1.5 hours- 2 hours (If you have more than 40 students, the program will take 2 hours.)

    Maximum Program Capacity: 60 students

    Age Appropriateness: K-3rd grade

    Meeting Location: Dinosaur Ridge Main Visitor Center (16831 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465)

    Fee & Deposit: $5/student and non-teacher adult, teachers are free (includes sluice mining as part of the program) Minimum deposit for 12 participants required.

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    Length of Program: 1.5 hours

    Maximum Program Capacity: 60 students

    Age Appropriateness: PreK-2nd grade

    Meeting Location: Dinosaur Ridge Main Visitor Center (16831 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465)

    Fee & Deposit: $5/student and non-teacher adult, teachers are free (includes sluice mining as part of the program)

Backyard Bones: Dinosaur Dig Program (PreK-2nd Grade)

Add-On

Activities

Solve a dinosaur mystery! This program is a simulated dinosaur dig in our main dig area at the Visitor Center. This hands-on, inquiry-based program is geared toward younger students and gives them a chance to predict, uncover evidence and draw conclusions about dinosaurs, fossils and ancient Colorado. (This program does not include a guided tour of Dinosaur Ridge sites.)

Regsiter for any (or all) of these fun add-on activities. Your group is sure to love discovering minerals while Sluice Mining, learning fun new facts in our Jr. Paleontologist Workbook, or continuing the fun back home with our Fossil Dig Blocks.

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    Length of Program: 45 minutes to 1 hour

    Maximum Program Capacity: 20 students

    Age Appropriateness: Pre-K-2nd grade

    Meeting Location: Dinosaur Ridge Main Visitor Center (16831 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465)

    Fee & Deposit: Schools are $3/student and non-teacher chaperones. Teachers are free. Non-school groups are $5/person. Staff is free. Minimum deposit for 12 participants required. Scholarships available to Title I schools.

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    Junior Paleontologist Workbook

    This workbook works best with students in grades 2-4, but can be adapted for younger or older students. Scavenger hunts for the fossils visited on the tour and sections to write and draw what students see is encouraged during the program. There are also post activities that can be done on the bus ride back or in the classroom. $2/student

    Sluice Mining

    Sluice mining is a great hands-on activity that can be done before or after the tour, depending on the start time. Sluice mining has been a staple of river mining in Colorado since the Gold Rush in the 1860's. With a recreated sluice system, students can get a small bag of rough to clean, discovering a few mineral pieces, and then take their discovery home with them. Sluice mining is the fastest of the add-on activities, and is on on-site. It will take around 30-45 minutes to sluice with 100 students. $1/student

    Fossil Dig Blocks

    A palm-sized piece of dried plaster/like clay with three marine fossils (real) inside are available for you to take back to the classroom. The kit comes with the block, brush, and a wooden chisel for each student. This activity can take up to an hour (depending on the student) and it is recommended that this activity be taken back to be done at a later time in the classroom, or at home. $2/student

Scholarships

The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge has the Field Experience Fund available for Title I schools, with 50% or more on the Free- and Reduced-Lunch Program. This fund waives the $4/student fee for the program for up to 250 students.  For more information on our scholarships click here.

The Friends also work with the Jefferson County Outdoors Foundation, which provides transportation reimbursement for qualifying schools.

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