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Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 AM - 5 PM
Due to COVID-19, masks are still required in the museum and at all events and tours.
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800 Oak St. Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Resources for Students and Teachers

The staff of the Tread of Pioneers Museum would like to introduce you to our new museum tours and programs for your students. We can tailor our programs and tours to coordinate with state curriculum standards, with your ideas, or with what your students are learning in school, such as local and Colorado history, pioneer life, ski history, etc. Everything listed below can be done in-person, virtually, in a hybrid form or outdoors. Most programs can occur at the museum or in the classroom.

  • Museum Tours (all grades): Your students can experience the 1901 Queen Anne-style Zimmerman House where turn-of-the-century period-furnished rooms take students back in time to imagine the daily life of our town’s first residents using hands-on elements such as an old-fashioned butter churn to make butter, wool carders, an antique wash board, and replica historic toys.

  • Museum Exhibits (all grades): In our exhibits, students can explore the significant historical themes of our region.

  • Each One Teach One Tour (3rd-5th grades): Interactive tours provide a museum experience that is fun and educational. Each One Teach One is a hands-on exhibit tour where students learn about our local history and teach their classmates.

  • Colorado History Take Out (K-5th grades): Tread of Pioneers Museum staff received training from Denver’s History Colorado Center to implement three Colorado history programs for elementary students. “Western Work”, “Moving Day” and “Ute Knowledge” are extensive hands-on learning kits meeting state standards, that include large floor maps, artifacts, historical photographs and fact sheets, and interactive learning activities that we can bring to you.

    • Western Work: Colorado Industries of the Past - Through objects, photographs and role-playing activities, students become “entrepreneurs” in some of Colorado’s most important industries. The program meets economic, history and geography state standards and explores natural, capital and human resources in state history.

    • Moving Day: Colorado’s Migration Story - Students explore the movement of people across Colorado from prehistory to 1870 and these cultural groups: Puebloans, Mountain Men, Miners, Utes, Plains Indians and Hispanos. This program includes a large floor map that kids can move on.

    • Ute Knowledge: Colorado’s Original Scientists - Students investigate how the Ute Indians used science, technology, engineering and math to survive and thrive in the Rocky Mountains. By testing materials, they’ll see how Ute people solved problems in the past and still do today. The program meets history, math and science standards.

  • Pioneer Life Interactive Tour (2nd-5th grades): This is a fun, hands-on way for students to live the life of a real Routt County pioneer and includes activities such as ranching, homesteading, mining, blacksmithing, and farming, with an authentic General Store where students can take their merchandise to sell or trade and buy products at 1910 prices. It’s a great way to teach history as well as economics, both past and present.

  • How Steamboat Became the County Seat (2nd-4th grades): Based on 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade civics and social studies standards, this program was created based on teacher requests to combine civics standards while learning about local history. Using playground equipment and copies of historic Routt County land deeds and marriage licenses, students discover quickly why the location of the County Seat was such an important topic amongst Routt County citizens for so many years!

  • Wagon Trail Game (2nd grade and up): On a large 3’x3’ map of Colorado, this interactive game traces the wagon trail route the Crawford family took from Denver to Steamboat Springs. Along the wagon trail, players are faced with series of actual trials and tribulations that require group problem solving and decision-making. Players’ choices determine if they will make it to Steamboat Springs successfully, or if their journey ends.

  • Discovery Kits (K-5th grades): We have recently updated our Discovery Kits to meet state curriculum standards. These are hands-on learning trunks that teachers can check out for use in the classroom on the following subjects: mining, Utes, Native Americans, mountain man, homesteading, and archaeology. Full of artifacts, photos, videos, books, and complete lesson plans, you’ll love teaching history with these tools. See the attached brochure for more details.

  • Ute and Ancestral Puebloan Programs: Our Ute program includes information about the Ute Bear Dance, Ute facts, and other Native American activities and crafts, such as beadwork, clay pottery, and basket weaving. Our Ancestral Puebloan program includes detailed pictures of petroglyphs, facts about these ancient people, and rock art and petroglyphs.

  • Storytime (K-2nd grade): A staff person dressed in pioneer clothing tells a story to your class about: traveling West in a wagon train; life as one of the first pioneers in Routt County; toys and games of pioneer children (with real replica toys to play with!), and more!

  • Go Behind-the-Scenes (3rd grade and up): Go behind the scenes with our museum Curator to learn about artifact preservation, the role of museums, and see collections not on display.

  • Lulie’s Wildflowers and Watercolors (all grades): As a tribute to local pioneer artist Lulie Crawford, a staff person shares the story of Lulie and her pioneering family, followed by watercolor instruction. Then the program participants paint their own wildflower watercolor masterpieces, just like Lulie!

  • Other Activities: Ask us about our scavenger hunt for kids, the Lulie Crawford’s Diary program, and artifact study.

  • New Ideas: What are your ideas? How can we best serve you and your students? Let us know, and we are more than happy to work with you! We can also combine any of the activities above. More programs are continually being developed, so just ask!

Entrance to the museum and all programs are FREE to all Routt County residents and students. Please call me at (303) 349-4164 or email me at to discuss how the museum can serve you and your students. Also let us know if you need our financial assistance with transportation funding/buses to the museum. We look forward to seeing you and your students soon!

Click here to view the Academic Standards met by Tread of Pioneers Museum programming.
Click here for details on all of our available school programs, tours and activities.
Click here for Discovery Kit Information.doc
Click here for School Tours and Programs.
Click here for Colorado History Take Out Kits: Moving Day (Colorado’s Migration Story) and Western Work.
Click here to download the Scavenger Hunt for kids.
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Tribal Lands Acknowledgement
The Board and Staff of the Tread of Pioneers Museum respectfully acknowledge the Ute people, the original inhabitants of Northwest Colorado, and other Indigenous Nations of this area where we now reside. We recognize that the establishment of this region impacted the lifeways of Native peoples and their communities. In accepting this, we are called to utilize this educational institution to teach stewardship of the land and continuing commitment to the inclusion and respect of these Nations and their traditional values for their homelands.