SCHOOL TOURS

School/scheduled tours are available year-round to groups of all ages including large family/corporate events, daycares, homeschool groups, private and public schools, civic groups, clubs, and senior centers. These tours need to be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and are typically for groups of over 12 participants. To begin the reservation process, please complete the form below. If you cannot see the form, please open this page in Google Chrome or click here to open the form in a new window. PLEASE NOTE: Your reservation is not confirmed until you receive email confirmation from Erin LaCount (Education Program Manager).

Programs

Dinosaur Freeways & Cretaceous Seaways

Junior
Paleontologists
Program

This is the Dinosaur Ridge Guided Tour. This program explores four main sites on Dinosaur Ridge with your students, and focuses on fossils/rock layers and how they form, and how ancient climates are different from today and changed over time. This tour can be modified to focus on in-class curriculum upon request.

This program accommodates larger groups of young students in our Visitor Center, allowing them to experience the Backyard Bones: Dinosaur Dig Program in smaller groups while splitting them up between the Indoor Exhibit Hall Trek Through Time, and the life-size dinosaurs in the front of our Visitor Center. Sluice mining is included with this program.

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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 (can do younger students)

    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 $3/student and non-teacher chaperones. Teachers are free. Non-school groups are $4/person. Staff is free. Scholarships available to Title I schools.

    NOTE: There are many variations of the Dinosaur Ridge Tour for large groups, younger students, and walking tours with smaller groups. Please inquire with Erin LaCount at tours@dinoridge.org about a variation or customization for your group!

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    Length of Program: 1.5 hours

    Maximum Program Capacity: 60 students

    Age Appropriateness: K-2nd grade

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

    Fee & Deposit: $5/student, adults free (includes sluice mining as part of the program)

Backyard Bones:

Dinosaur Dig Program

Fossil Traces in Swampy Places

This program is a simulated dinosaur dig in our main dig area at the Visitor Center. This program does not include a guided tour of Dinosaur Ridge sites. This hands-on program is geared toward younger students and gives them a chance to discover dinosaur bones and put together a story about the scene, answering questions such as, “What kind of dinosaur are you digging up?” and, “How did this dinosaur die?”

This program is a guided tour of our Golden, Colorado site: Triceratops Trail. This program does not take place onsite at Dinosaur Ridge. Triceratops Trail features a complete ancient ecosystem filled with worms, beetles, birds, lizards, and at least three different types of dinosaurs. Explore Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus footprints while learning about Colorado’s ancient palm trees and the swamp-like 68-million-year-old environment.

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    Length of Program: 45 minutes to 1 hour

    Maximum Program Capacity: 20 students

    Age Appropriateness: K-2nd grade

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

    Fee & Deposit: Schools are $3/student and chaperone adults. Teachers are free. Non-school groups are $4/person. Staff members are free.

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    Length of program: 1.5 hours

    Chaperon Requirement: 1 adult per every 10 students

    Age Appropriateness: Recommended for 3rd Grade to adult (can do younger students)

    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 $3/student and chaperone adults.  Teachers are free. Non-school groups are $4/person. Staff members are free.

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 $3/student fee for the program for up to 250 students.

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

Schedule a Program

To schedule a program or tour with us, please complete the form below. If you cannot see the form, please view this page in Google Chrome or click here to open the form in a new window.
PLEASE NOTE: Your reservation is not confirmed until you receive email confirmation from Erin LaCount (Education Program Manager).

16831 W Alameda Pkwy.

Morrison, CO 80465

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