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Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
A thousand years ago, the Ancestral Puebloan peoples ("cliff-dwellers") left their dwellings in the canyons and mesas of southwest Colorado. Archaeologists have searched these ruins for clues to understanding their culture. Working at the Anasazi Heritage Center, headquarters for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and the McElmo Canyon Research Institute, assist with the curation of ancient artifacts gathered from these sites and learn to recognize and categorize artifacts. Spend a day at Mesa Verde National Park with your archaeologist guide to exercise your new insights.


• Learn from archaeologists about the Ancestral Puebloans and the basics of artifact recognition.
• Explore the depths of the curation facility at the Anasazi Heritage Center — and open a box to find out what artifacts are really inside!
• Spend an evening with representatives of the Navajo and Ute tribes who will demonstrate music, dance, and discuss their experiences in the modern world.

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The Dolores Archaeological Project is one of the largest archaeological endeavors ever completed in the US. Over 1.5 million artifacts were collected and stored at the Anasazi Heritage Center, a facility originally built for this purpose. Today the storage materials are degraded and labels are disintegrating. Assist curators in repackaging and updating these valuable artifacts before the information is lost.

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Site elevations of 5,500-7,000 feet.

Coordinated by McElmo Canyon Research Institute.

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6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
6 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances


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