Archaeology Research Program

Crow Canyon was founded on the idea that members of the public could play an important role in archaeology. Each year, we welcome people of all ages to our campus near Mesa Verde in Southwest Colorado. Participants serve as citizen scientists in support of our mission to pursue archaeological research and experiential education in collaboration with Native Americans.

Crow Canyon’s experiential education programs not only provide instruction in archaeological techniques but also involve citizen scientists in the actual research process. This firsthand approach increases awareness of, and appreciation for, our rich cultural heritage, while providing broad-based support for archaeological research, preservation, and cultural continuity.


As a “citizen scientist,” you’ll conduct research and in-field artifact analyses alongside Crow Canyon archaeologists in an effort to help us build new, relevant understandings of the past. For lifelong learners age 18 and up.


  • Study the effects of human impacts on the natural environment through time, and how humans have responded to environmental change.
  • Learn about the technological innovations and sustainability of cultures past and present.
  • Dive into the variables that shape the development of human societies and gain an appreciation for cultural diversity and social frameworks.
  • See how human history unfolded across the landscape of the Mesa Verde region.
  • Gain transferable skills in cultural and scientific literacy.

Register here for Session 1: September 12–16, 2022
SOLD OUT: Session 2: September 26–30, 2022

Contact Us

Program availability is limited due to COVID-19. Please contact us for updates, or join us every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. for the Discover Archaeology webinar series. Check the homepage for upcoming events.

For more information, please contact our engagement coordinator:
800.422.8975, ext. 451
M–F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mountain Time)

  • Because of the wonderful scholars and other experts who we meet along the way.  And because the trips are so well organized and carefully planned.  If something "happens," the staff will always save the day, and it may turn out to be even better.

  • I'm pleased with every one of the trips I've taken over the 27 years.  Each one has been different in many ways and yet the same in their professionalism and attention to detail.

  • The personal touches added to this trip made it even more special. The knowledge I gained plus the interaction with like-minded participants made the trip a memorable experience. I'm still trying to process it all!

  • Excellent scholars, small groups, topics other tour companies rarely offer, almost always very congenial and considerate other participants, and well-organized trips which operate smoothly.

  • The trips are very well organized, provide a variety of experiences, and provide new knowledge that changes one perspective on the larger world.

  • You must travel with Crow Canyon just once and once you have, you will know why you want to keep coming back. I know exactly what to expect and it never disappoints! In fact, this trip was over and beyond anything I could have even imagined. 

  • They are all unique opportunities to visit a place and discover the human history with knowledgeable scholars and fellow travelers who share an interest in learning about the past. 


Our Research Themes

Our projects address a wide variety of interrelated issues relevant not only to archaeologists but to educators, policy makers, advocacy groups, and Indigenous peoples.

Humans and the Environment

We study how humans responded to environmental change in the past and the implications for environmental policy.

Multivocal Histories

We promote respect for different cultures and preserve traditional knowledge, past and present.

Cultural and Scientific Literacy

As a social science with deep roots in STEM, archaeology helps students become critical thinkers and lifelong learners.

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