21st Century
Mining for
K-12 Educators

Field Trip Component

Directly following the three-day in-class component is the five-day field trip component that provides you with a first-hand view of the mining industry in action. 
In this component you will observe much of what you learned in the online and in-class components in a real-world setting. You will see how minerals are removed from the ground and made into what we use in our everyday lives.
The field trips often include surface and underground metal and non-metal mines and processing facilities, a solution mine, a museum, a wallboard plant and a steel mill. Destinations may include a selection from the following list.
  • Henderson Mine – large underground mine; uses “block caving” method to mine molybdenum
  • Craig Power Plant – large coal-burning power plant adjacent to the Trapper Mine
  • Trapper Mine – open-pit coal mine using draglines to remove overburden
  • Underground coal mine using a longwall mining method
  • Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine – open pit, heap leach mine
  • Mahogany Oil Shale Project
  • Natural soda in-situ mine – extracts baking soda by dissolving it in-situ
  • American Gypsum mine and wallboard plant
  • Climax open-pit molybdenum mine and mill
  • National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel Mill
The In-Class and Field Trip portions of the course scheduled for Thursday, June 18, through Friday June 26, 2020 have been cancelled due to the Covid19 outbreak.