Bring your group or classroom to experience an interactive museum tour led by our knowledgeable education team. Students will directly engage with our museum and exhibits to better understand New Mexico’s landscape, legacy, story of continuance and the unique connection between cultures. We work with schools and teachers to design a tour that fits with your classroom objectives and New Mexico Content Standards.

  • One classroom per visit is recommended.
  • Hands-on activities start at $2.50 per person.
    • Hands-on activities are not available for groups of more than 30.
  • Personalized tours tailored to your curriculum are available.

To book a school group tour, please complete an online request form at least four weeks before your preferred visit date. Request a School Tour.

School Visits to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Before Your Visit
We want to provide your classroom with a memorable and successful visit to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Before your visit please read our Pre-Visit Information (coming soon).

After Your Visit
We ask that teachers please take a few minutes to provide feedback on their school visit to help us improve our tours and education program. Complete the Survey.

We also have an evaluation card activity to share with your students. Download Evaluation Cards.

School Group Activities:

SPRING & SUMMER

Pueblo Pollinators

  • Grades: K – 12 and College
  • Availability: March 20 – September 21 • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tour Length: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $2.00/person for groups of 15 or more
  • Group size: 15+ students

Students will spend time in our Resilience Garden learning about pre-European-contact foods, agriculture, and the Pueblo seasonal calendar. They will also learn about pollinators, and be given a journal and age-appropriate journaling assignment. Students will participate in a hands-on seed-matching game, and learn about the staple crop of corn through an interactive and detailed lesson. Museum tour included.

Pueblo Resources and Symbolism

  • Grades: 3 – 12 and College
  • Availability: March 20 – September 21 • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tour Length: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $2.00/person for groups of 15 or more
  • Group size: 15+ students

Students will be led on a museum tour, with particular attention paid to natural resources utilized by Pueblo people, and the recurring symbolism throughout the exhibits. Through an additional presentation, they will learn about the symbolism used in pottery and other art forms, plus the Pueblo seasonal calendar and its corresponding agricultural practices. Students will also learn about native plants used for food, medicine, and crafts. They will participate in a fun painting activity that utilizes natural resources, and create their own work of art to take home.

Three Sisters

  • Grades: K – 12 and College
  • Availability: March 20 – September 21 • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tour Length: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $2.50/person for groups of 15 or more
  • Group Size: 15+ students

Students will experience a guided museum tour and special presentation focusing on the Three Sisters: corn, beans, and squash. They will also learn about the plant life cycle, types of pollinators, stewardship, and engage in a hands-on planting activity they can take home with them. Students are encouraged to document and share the progress of their planting on social media with hashtags others can follow, and to share them with pride on IPCC’s social media.

Butterflies, Planting, & Reciprocity

  • Grades: K – 12 and College
  • Availability: March 20 – September 21 • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tour Length: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $2.50/person for groups of 15 or more
  • Group Size: 15+ students

Students will learn about planting, the Pueblo core value of reciprocity, and the role butterflies play in nature and Pueblo culture. This thematic unit on butterflies will explain their life cycle, illustrate them as pollinators, and reveal the meaning behind the Pueblo Butterfly Dance. Students will also make a butterfly from repurposed materials, and create a take-home planting project to attract pollinators. Museum tour included.

FALL & WINTER

Pueblo Pollinators

  • Grades: K – 12 and College
  • Availability: September 21 – March 19 • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tour Length: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $2.00/person for groups of 15 or more
  • Group Size: 15+ students

Students will learn about pre-European-contact foods, Pueblo agriculture, and the Pueblo seasonal calendar. They will also learn about different types of pollinators, and be given a journal and age-appropriate journaling assignment. Students will participate in a hands-on seed-matching game, and learn about the staple crop of corn through an interactive and detailed lesson.  Museum tour included.

Pueblo Resources and Symbolism

  • Grades: K – 12 and College
  • Availability: September 21 – March 19 • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tour Length: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $2.00/person
  • Group Size: 15+ students

Students will be led on a museum tour, with particular attention paid to natural resources utilized by Pueblo people, and the recurring symbolism throughout the exhibits. Through an additional presentation, they will learn about the symbolism used in pottery and other art forms, plus the Pueblo seasonal calendar and its corresponding agricultural practices. Students will also learn about native plants used for food, medicine, and crafts. They will make a traditional-style shuttlecock to take home, or learn the cultural “stick game.”

Three Sisters: Blue Corn Mama Dolls

  • Grades: K – 12 and College
  • Availability: September 21 – March 19 • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tour Length: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $2.50/person
  • Group Size: 30 students

Students will experience a guided museum tour and special presentation focusing on the Three Sisters: corn, beans, and squash. They will also learn about seed-saving techniques, and make blue-corn mama dolls (sweet tamales) to eat or take home.

We Are of This Place: Winter Stories and Reciprocity

  • Grades: K – 12 and College
  • Availability: December 21 – March 19 • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tour Length: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $2.50/person
  • Group Size: 15+ students

Educators will pick one of three topics:

  1. Coyote Stories: Students will learn about the tradition of storytelling, and take control of a narrative through an interactive storytelling activity. Insight will be given into the Pueblo core value of reciprocity, and brought to fruition through crafting a birdfeeder that will offer thanks to birds for their role in our lives.
  2. Winter Stories: Students will learn about the tradition of storytelling, and take control of a narrative by creating an image-based storytelling activity. Insight will be given into the Pueblo core value of reciprocity, and brought to fruition through crafting a birdfeeder that will offer thanks to birds for their role in our lives.
  3. Stars and Constellations: Students will learn about Pueblo astronomy, including constellations, the night sky observations recorded at Chaco Canyon, and how changes in the night sky guide Pueblo seasons and planting. Insight will also be given into the Pueblo core value of reciprocity, and brought to fruition through crafting a birdfeeder that will offer thanks to birds for their role in our liv
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