The Outreach Trunks hold a variety of unique artifacts, tools, books and other materials that your students can touch, explore, and engage with. The teacher’s manual includes thorough background information and numerous optional activities.

Rental Schedule: Trunks may be rented for up to as many weeks as your school has tracks. (IE: If there are three 4th grade classes, you may rent a trunk for a maximum of three consecutive weeks.) Please let us know when you prefer to pick up your trunk(s) from the museum.

Cost: $15 per trunk per week

Teachers must arrange for pick-up and drop-off of trunks. Call the Education Department at (970) 416-2705 or email Beth Unger.

Learn more about each one below:

Age: Grade K-5

Homesteaders came out to Colorado in the late 1800s and early 1900s and many of them began farming. Take a trip back in time to experience Northern Colorado’s history of farming sugar beets and sheep.

Age: Grade K-5

Learn about the history of mining in the state of Colorado. Try your hand at mining, and look at different minerals that were and are still mined in the state.

Age: Grade K-5

Climb aboard with the conductor’s cap, trolley coins, and dozens of other objects and photographs to learn about the Fort Collins electric trolley cars, which provided transportation for Fort Collins residents from 1919 to 1951.

Age: Grade K-5

Take a step back into the lives of the Plains American Indians by playing authentic games and exploring their unique history and culture.

Age: Grade K-5

Explore the history of the railroads in Fort Collins. Play railroad games and learn about what trains have transported through the years.

Age: Grade K-5

Play the trader game to learn about trapping and trading in Colorado in the mid-1800s. Get familiar with the tracks, scat, and fur of Rocky Mountain animals that were trapped and traded over the years.

Age: Grade K-5

Feel and identify the furs of several native Colorado animals and observe realistic rubber molds of scat and tracks.

Age: Grade K-5

Designed by the US Army Corps of Engineers, this trunk contains posters, books, music selections, and dozens of replica artifacts to recreate the spirit of the expedition in your classroom.

Age: Grade K-5

Take a trip back in time and explore how a one-room schoolhouse ran at the beginning of the 20th century. Take up the school schedule and write with old-fashioned pen and ink to get a feel for how life was in 1905 schoolhouses. The trunk includes a binder, slates, pen and ink, McGuffey reader books and other supplies and activities for your classroom use.

Age: Grades K-5

Make the connection between music and science by exploring how sound is measured and how it travels. Also included are local case studies about the Bohemian Nights at New West Fest and the CSU Marching Band.