As part of Kids Kollege, San Juan College has partnered this summer with Aztec Ruins National Monument and Chaco Culture National Historical Park to offer free classes on the history, archaeology and culture of the Four Corners.
In “Explore the Mysteries and Wonders of Chaco Canyon” students ages 9 to 15 can meet the rangers, anthropologists, archeologists and geologists of Chaco Canyon — and learn why Chaco Canyon is a national treasure in our backyard. This class is offered twice this summer through Kids Kollege, with the first session June 24-29, and the second July 8-13.
Students will spend three days learning about the history and culture of the Chacoan People, as well as the natural wonders contained within the canyon. They will have the opportunity to discover the canyon first-hand during an all-day field trip to this World Heritage site on Thursday.
Then students become the rangers, as they prepare a program to introduce their families to the park and accompany them back to the canyon on Saturday for a tour and presentation of what they have learned.
The class is free of charge, and transportation costs to and from the park are covered by a National Park Service Grant.
Additionally, Kids Kollege offers Aztec Ruins National Monument summer Junior Ranger Programs. On Saturday, July 6, students entering the first through fifth grades can experience activities related to a traditional Pueblo story, “Kokopilau and Eagle.”
In the week of July 15–18, students can experience “Ancient Lives,” with traditional games, stories, art and local plants and animals. This class is also for students entering the first through fifth grades.
For more details on these and many other Kids Kollege classes, visit www.sanjuancollege.edu/kidskollege, or call the San Juan College Community Learning Center at 566-3214.