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Fort Garland History Take-Out

Can’t come to us? We’ll come to you! Through facilitated hands-on programs at your school, students use objects, photographs and a large walk-on map of the state to uncover the “footprint” of various cultures and industries left behind.

Each kit focuses on a specific aspect of Colorado history and culture, and includes multiple hands-on activities complete with images, objects, and instructions. Through these activities, students can explore the history of a particular aspect of our state's history. The lesson can be adapted to any classroom or age group. There are currently four History Take-Out kits available.

Our education coordinator can come to your classroom to lead the lesson, or teachers can check out the kits and lead the lesson themselves.

A single day of lessons from our education coordinator costs $5. Kits can be checked out either for a single day for a fee of $5, or for an entire week for a fee of $15. Kits checked out for a single day can be picked up the evening before, and are expected to return the evening of the rental date or the next morning. Kits not returned in a timely manner may incur a late fee of $5 per additional day.

Title I schools are eligible for discounted rates.

Reserve a lesson or check out a kit online here!

If you have any questions, please call Alejandra Cortes at 719-379-3512 or email at for more information.


Available History Take-Out Kits:

National Geographic Giant Colorado Map
Giant Maps are a tool from National Geographic that help teach students the power of maps and the importance of geography. Through interacting with a large walk-on map of the state, students will learn about our state's geography and how it has impacted cultures, societies, and history. This kit can assist in introducing geography and map-reading skills to students.
Recommended for K-5th grade.

Ute Knowledge: Colorado's Original Scientists
Through investigative activities and the examination of items, tools, and images, students explore how the Ute Indians used science, technology, engineering and math to survive and thrive in the Rocky Mountains. This program meets history, math and science standards.
Recommended for 1st-5th grade.

Moving Day: Colorado Culture
Using objects, photos, and a large walk-on map of the state, students learn about different cultural groups from Colorado history including the Ute, miners, ancestral Puebloans, and mountain men.
Recommended for K-5th grade.

Western Work: Colorado Industries of the Past
Through hands-on activities and engaging with objects and tools, students become "entrepreneurs" in some of Colorado's most important industries. This program meets economic, history and geography standards and encourages students to explore natural, capital, and human resources through a historical lens.
Recommended for K-5th grade.