Summer Field Projects

2020 Schedule Update (6/24/2020)

To our valued partners:

Since the pandemic began in March we have closely monitored the situation in Colorado and across the nation and have kept up-to-date on public health recommendations designed to limit the spread of the disease. Earlier this spring we had decided to postpone multiple projects until 2021 but have remained hopeful that we could hold one or two projects later in the summer. However, it is clear that the virus still poses a significant risk, especially to those over the age of 65, even though case numbers in Colorado appear to be leveling off. After much consideration, and in consultation with partners and members, we have decided we cannot safely conduct a project this summer that would maintain our high safety standards while also offering an enjoyable learning experience.

During our 23-year history we have never canceled an entire field season. Doing so now is not a decision we take lightly. However, we pride ourselves on putting the health and safety of our volunteers above all else. Based on the available state and national guidance it has become clear we cannot conduct field projects that meet the standards we, and more importantly you, have come to expect. As we have said many times, we are nothing without our amazing volunteers. You have become our “summer families,” and potentially jeopardizing your health and safety and that of our staff is not acceptable.

We have a financial plan to see us through to next summer and to ensure the continued success and health of our organization. But your support has always been, and continues to be, critical to our shared success. If you have not already done so, please consider renewing your membership for 2020.

Additionally, PCRG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the passage of the 2020 CARES Act makes some one-time changes to charitable giving in 2020. Individuals taking the standard deduction can take an “above-the-line” deduction of up to $300. Individuals who itemize their deductions can elect to deduct charitable donations up to 100% of their 2020 Adjusted Gross Income, while corporations can deduct donations up to 25% of taxable income. (As always, we suggest you consult a tax or financial advisor when making any charitable gifts.)

Your donation to PCRG will provide much needed support to help ensure our continued success for years to come. We know there are many worthy organizations currently in need and we appreciate you considering donating to PCRG. Membership and donation information can be found here.

Know that we will be back in 2021. We recognize that many of you look forward to our summer projects—to see old friends and make new ones, to recreate and see new places, and of course, to learn about archaeology. We want nothing more than for you to join us when we can safely and effectively conduct projects again. In the meantime, keep an eye on our website for new content on our Interpretive Media and Research Projects pages. We wish you all good health and look forward to seeing you next year.


Mike Metcalf, President
Carl Falk, Vice President
Dr. Craig Lee, Secretary
Kimberly Spurr, Director
David Purcell, Director
Dr. Mark Mitchell, Research Director
Chris Johnston, Operations Director
Dr. Chris Davis, Project Archaeologist

While we are not holding any summer projects, check out some opportunities with our friends at HistoriCorps. Click here to see their opportunities and learn more about their great work!

PCRG membership is not required to participate in field projects but members do receive priority in the selection process. If you are not already a member and would like to be notified about project announcements please consider joining PCRG here. There is no cost to participate in a PCRG project.

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