Students learn about Lowry ruins

Crow Canyon educators Molly Harpel, Kathy Stemmler and Rebecca Hammond pose in front of student artwork on Lowry Pueblo at the Anasazi Heritage Center. Enlargephoto

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Crow Canyon educators Molly Harpel, Kathy Stemmler and Rebecca Hammond pose in front of student artwork on Lowry Pueblo at the Anasazi Heritage Center.

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center has partnered with the Anasazi Heritage Center to get local school children interested in learning about ancient cultures and preserving ruins.

The "Museum on the Ground" field trips funded in part by Crow Canyon, allowed fourth-grade students from area schools to tour Lowry Pueblo with professional archaeologists.

Some 220 students participated in the program last September. They created artwork of their experience that is on display at the Anasazi Heritage Center.

During the tours students learned about Lowry Pueblo, were given instruction on how to throw an Atlatl, learned about Ute culture, and identified local plants and animals.

"The poster artwork is in their words, it is really fun to see the enthusiasm of the students," said Marietta Eaton, manager of Canyons of the Ancients. "It is the only field trip for some of these kids."

Student Joshua Baker was at the art opening with his parents on Saturday. He recited what he knew about Lowry Pueblo.

"It is 800 years old and has problems with erosion," Baker said. "It is fun to look at the geography and you are not supposed to sit on the walls."

Molly Harpel, a Crow Canyon Educator, explained the purpose was to reach out to local students and give them an opportunity to explore their own backyard.

"The students are superstars! They are very receptive to archaeology and are proud of this area's unique history," she said. "We look forward to doing this again next year."