School & Youth Groups

School Program Guide

When you give your students a field experience at the PCC, you give them an opportunity to make learning come alive.

Grades K - 5th

Preschool Groups

 

Grades K - 5th

Prairie Ecology Field Trips

Sensory Exploration (kindergarten) - Make exciting scientific observations about the prairie using your eyes, noses, ears, and fingers as tools.
Goal: To understand how to make observations using the senses.

Habitat (grade 1) - Explore the activities of a prairie dog colony to find food, water, shelter, and space for a perfect habitat for a burrowing owl, bullsnake, and prairie dog.
Goal: To understand habitat and the things that animals need to survive.

Plants (grade 2) - Discover the amazing life of plants and their survival secrets above and below the soil.
Goal: To understand that plants are living things that grow and change.

Earth Materials (grade 2) - Search for the prairie's important non-living treasures like rocks, soil, and water; materials that provide vital resources for plants, animals, and people.
Goal: To understand that Earth's materials (rocks, soil, and water) provide many resources.

Adaptations (grade 3) - Meet the awesome variety of prairie animals to discover how claws, fur, beaks, feathers, and ears are adaptations that help them survive.
Goal: To understand niche and adaptation.

Natural Cycles (grades 4 & 5) - Explore the short-grass prairie to discover natural cycles like water, rock, energy, and atmosphere that bring the prairie to life.
Goal: To understand the abiotic and biotic components of an ecosystem.

Cheyenne Indian Culture (circa 1837)

Games & Stories (kindergarten & grade 1) - Play exciting games like the Cheyenne children did in 1837 and listen to cultural Cheyenne stories on this prairie adventure.
Goal: To understand that families had special traditions.

Cheyenne Family Life (grade 2) - Learn important games the Cheyenne used to teach their children skills for hunting food, making tools and using the resources of the prairie for survival.
Goal: To understand that everyone in a community has a role.

Cheyenne & the Environment (grade 3) - Discover 1837-era Cheyenne tools for using the prairie's resources in creative and interesting ways for survival.
Goal: To understand that culture is dependent on the environment.

Cheyenne Culture & Trading (grade 4) - Explore the life of the Cheyenne in 1837 and their creative use of the limited resources of the prairie on this prairie adventure.
Goal: To understand the relationship between different cultures throughout Colorado history.

Life in a Soddie & Homesteading (circa 1887)

LIfe on the Homestead (kindergarten & grade 1) - Help a farmer with a wide variety of light chores such as feeding chickens, turkeys, and oxen, and learn how assigned chores helped the family survive. Visit a variety of buildings in Wells Crossing including our schoolhouse.
Goal: To understand that families had important roles on farms.

Prairie Communities (grades 2 & 3) - Meet an 1887-era farmer, teacher and other vital members of the Wells Crossing community and experience their morning routine.
Goal: To understand that growing communities were important for survival on the prairie.

Homesteading (grade 4) - Discover the various reasons families, teachers, blacksmiths, and others came west in 1887 to share Colorado's bountiful resources.
Goal: To understand how historical events influenced settlement and communities in the west.

Prairie Perspectives Overnight Program

A unique, overnight program for grades 3, 4 & 5.
Experience all the Plains Center has to offer! Spend the morning exploring the prairie, up close and personal. Learn traditional Cheyenne skills, including cooking over a campfire. Evening activities include storytelling, an evening wagon ride and toasting marshmallows! Spend the night in the tipis and wake up to the song of meadowlarks and warm flapjacks! Breakfast and costumes await you in the 1887-style settlement of Wells Crossing. Immerse your students in a typical morning for a pioneer. Students will assist with traditional chores, prepare the mid-day meal and attend school lessons for a true 1887 experience. Dates are available in May, June & September. For more information, including fees, please contact PCC at 303-693-3621.
Goal: To explore the prairie from different perspectives in an extended 2-day program.

Program Registration Information

Field trip programs are offered year-round and adapted to seasonal weather conditions. Make your reservations early! Moste dates are booked more than 6 months in advance. To make your reservation call 303-693-3621.

Field trip Options:

3 1/2 hours - $8 / student, 1 free adult (includes teachers) per 10 students
                 $160 minimum fee; deposit due 1 month prior to program
                  Includes 30 minute break for lunch.

2 hours - $6 / student, 1 free adult (includes teachers) per 10 students
                $120 minimum fee; deposit due 1 month prior to program

Title One Schools qualify for a discounted rate of $7 / student for 3.5 hour program and $5 / student for a 2 hour program.

Admission Tax
The PCC is required to collect City of Aurora Admission Tax in the amount of 3.75% for anyone paying with cash, personal credit cards and personal checks. Groups may be exempt from paying the tax if:
1) Payment to the PCC is made with an organization check imprinted with the tax exempt organization name, AND
2) A copy of the certificate showing tax exemption number is provided.


Preschool Groups

Preschoolers, Prairie Dogs, and Pronghorn - Learn about the animals and plants that call the prairie home in this program designed to provide hands-on sensory experiences through an outside nature experience and indoor learning centers. 
Goal: Make simple observations, explanations, and generalizations about Earth’s materials based on real-life experiences.

Indians, Tipis, Bison - Use your imagination as we pretend to go back in time to learn how the Cheyenne Indians survived on the prairie.  Learn how the Cheyenne erected a tipi, hunted bison, and found food on the prairie in this hands-on and interactive program.   
Goal:  Individuals have unique talents and work together in groups.

Farmers on the Prairie - Transform into a farmer as we explore how farmers grow crops, raise animals, and live on the prairie in this program designed to give your young learners a firsthand view of what it means to live off the land.  
Goal: People work to meet wants and needs.

Preschool Program Registration Information

Field trip programs are offered year-round and adapted to seasonal weather conditions. Make your reservations early! Moste dates are booked more than 6 months in advance. To make your reservation call 303-693-3621.

All preschool field trips are 1 1/2 hours. Cost is $6 / child; 1 free adult (includes teachers) per 4 students.
$48 minimum fee; deposit due 1 month prior to program.
Trip can include lunch on site before or after program.

Title One Schools qualify for a discounted rate of $5 / student.

Admission Tax
The PCC is required to collect City of Aurora Admission Tax in the amount of 3.75% for anyone paying with cash, personal credit cards and personal checks. Groups may be exempt from paying the tax if:
1) Payment to the PCC is made with an organization check imprinted with the tax exempt organization name, AND
2) A copy of the certificate showing tax exemption number is provided.

 

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We welcome drop-in visitors
Monday – Saturday year-round.
Monday - Saturday 8 am - 4 pm
no admission fee.