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Students Have Fun, Make Friends, and Change Lives at Crow Canyon's Middle School Archaeology Camp


Like most kids his age, Nicholas ("Nicco") Ludi likes basketball and hanging out with his friends. And after a week at Crow Canyon you can add archaeology to that list.

Nicco, a soon-to-be seventh grader at the Denver Language School, came to Crow Canyon's Middle School Archaeology Camp via a generous scholarship from the Anschutz Foundation, a Denver-based philanthropic organization that supports educational initiatives across the country.

Crow Canyon is able to provide a one-of-a-kind educational experience to students thanks to the support of donors and program participants like you. Click here for more information on how you can help Crow Canyon continue to give students like Nicco an experience that can change their future.

Nicco says he found out he was coming to Crow Canyon over dinner.

"My mom told me when we were in the kitchen at dinner," says Nicco. "She said I had gotten a scholarship, and she asked if I wanted to go to an archaeology camp. And I said yeah, because that sounded like fun."

Students at Crow Canyon's Middle School Archaeological Camp not only learn excavation and lab techniques, but also get the opportunity to work with archaeologists in the field at the Haynie site as part of the Northern Chaco Outliers Project. In addition, campers learn about American Indian cultures both past and present, explore the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park, and learn ancient skills like fire making and throwing a wooden spear with an atlatl.

The experience has made an impact on Nicco.

"I like digging and finding stuff from the past. It's a cool thing to dig up something that's not from 10 years ago, but, like, a thousand years ago," says Nicco. "Crow Canyon is a fun place—there are a lot of great activities. It's a lot more fun than school!"

"A week away from my parents was also pretty nice," he adds with a laugh.

Your support has made it possible for thousands of kids to experience the wonder and inspiration that archaeology has to offer. For more information on how you can help make sure young students like Nicco can continue to touch the past and change their future, please click here.

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