School Visits


Welcome to National Western School Visits, we look forward to seeing you in January!

Pre-Register  and visit for FREE
 Click here for FREE registration
School Visits Dates: January 9-12 and January 16-19, 2018 – Registration will open August 1, 2017

Following registration, schools will be contacted to confirm date. Please have three potential dates before you register as your first selection might not be available.

Download before arriving:

Stock Show Lessons for the Classroom
School Visits Informaiton
Chaperone Letter – Please distribute prior to arrival
Plan Your Day Map

The School Visits program is open to all grades and geared toward grades 1st through 6th. Any 7th through 12th grade may still register and will be admitted FREE of charge through the School Visits program. To purchase, please contact the National Western Group Sales Department at 303.295.3959, be sure to let them know you are a school group. Due to safety precautions, no toddlers or strollers will be admitted with school visit groups.

Grounds Admission Costs:
Children 2 and under are free, Ages 3-11 are $2 -$3, 12 and older are $10 – $19

Potential Costs:
If you purchase food onsite
If you attend a rodeo in the Denver Coliseum or any other ticketed event (Discounted tickets are available for groups of 15 or more. Please contact 303.295.3959 for more information.)

Arrive at 9am on the date your school is scheduled. Have the buses drop you off on the east end of the Events Center Arena; volunteers will be there to assist.

Directions to Events Center Drop-Off [PDF]

Parking for the Buses:
Updated information will be available as Stock Show nears. 
One general admission ticket will be provided to your bus driver.

Parking for other vehicles: 

Parking is free of charge for the general public in all National Western lots. Handicapped parking is located in Lot A. Parking maps are available [click here]

Each school is responsible for their day at the Stock Show.
Tours are NOT given by our staff or volunteers, but they are available to answer any questions you may have.

Click Here to download the Plan Your Day Map!

Fun at the Stock Show:

Hutchison Western Pony Trails –15-20 minutes – Interactive displays and information on horses (#2 on Map)
CSU Ag Adventure & Scavenger Hunt – 30-45 minutes – A tour of Colorado’s Agriculture including crop and meat production, land stewardship and much more. (#3a on Map)
Petting Farm – 1 Hour (#3b on Map)
Coors Western Art Exhibit – 15 minutes – (#3c on Map)
Youth Art Show Exhibit – 10 minutes – (#3d on Map)
Beef Palace Auction Arena – 1 Hour – Urban Farms: Fabulous Farm Animals presentations can be seen at 10 and 11am – participate in a game show and learn about different animals! (#4 on Map)
The Yards – 1 Hour – See where it all started 109 years ago (#7 on Map)
Ames Activity Pavilion – 1 Hour – Thank A Farmer Magic Show at 10:30 am – (#6 on Map)
National Western Nursery – 20-30 minutes – Get an up-close look at animals and their newborns while you learn about their first days of life.

Tours are NOT given by our staff or volunteers, but they are available to answer any questions you may have.

If you bring sack lunches, you may not sit in aisles, on stairs or in concession locations. Students should carry their lunch in a back pack as there is no storage area for boxes of lunches. Food also can be purchased at the National Western. Please plan on eating in the Stadium Arena (#5 on map).

We want you to enjoy your visit and be safe while you are here. Please remember these important safety rules and continue to remind students of them:

RULE #1 – Use your INSIDE VOICE. This means no yelling or screaming.
RULE #2 – WALK with your group and stay together. This means no running.

    • Volunteers in uniform. They are black/turquoise and will have “Volunteer” on the back.
    • Uniformed Police Officers
    • Uniformed Fire Fighters

**If you get separated from your group, you should find one of these safe people to help you.

RULE #4 – Get PERMISSION to touch any of the animals. If no one is around the animal, you are NOT to touch it. If you do touch any animals, don’t forget to WASH YOUR HANDS afterwards.

Once you determine a time you will need to leave grounds and notify your bus driver of that time, be sure to arrive 15 minutes early to the East End of the Event Center *(#1 on your Map).

  • You will be directed to specific seating in the Events Center to wait for your bus. A volunteer will notify you when your bus is outside. REMAIN SEATED UNTIL THEN.
  • A sign with the name of your school will be displayed by this location.
  • Volunteers will help with the loading process.
  • If horses are in the arena, everyone must stay away from the arena rail and remain quiet.
  • Please be patient, everyone tends to leave at the same time.
Beginning in September, if you register with the National Western Stock Show School Visits program through the Adams County Website, you will have the ability to schedule a Pre-Stock Show visit at your school. The deadline to register for a pre-visit is October 31.

A 4-H County Extension Agent and a NWSS Volunteer will visit your classroom to prepare you and your students for a successful fieldtrip to the Stock Show. While your students participate in a fun educational agricultural activity, you will be learning the ins and outs of a trip to our complex.

For more ways to connect Stock Show to your classroom, download our Teacher’s Handbook!

NWSS School Visits job descriptions

School Visits: For volunteers who would like to enhance the NWSS educational mission by helping to provide students and their chaperones with a safe and orderly opportunity to visit the NWSS and all the educational things that it has to offer to them.

Liaison: Work with staff Volunteer Coordinator, Volunteer Directors, other NWSS staff, and participating Extension Agents to conduct the School Visits Program for the NWSS. Instruct volunteers on how to perform their various duties for the successful operation of the School Visits Program. Assist other volunteers however and wherever necessary to keep the program running smoothly.

Assist with curriculum for teachers and pre stock show school visits as needed.

Assistant Liaison: Fill in for and assist Liaison with his duties.

The following are various areas on the NWSS Grounds where volunteers work when helping with the NWSS School Visits Program.

Intersection of 48th ave., Baldwin ct., and G&H lot entrances (The big tree): Outside work area, dress accordingly.

  • 1-2 Volunteers to greet bus drivers, control bus traffic to unload/load area, prevent busses from blocking the intersection, instruct drivers to be sure a volunteer gets onto the bus to talk to the students before they get off, and answer any questions for them.
  • Coordinate via walkie talkie with volunteers on the unload/load area to control the flow of the busses into that area and watch for handicapped busses so that they can be directed to the handicapped unload/load area on the south side of the Events Center.
  • During bus load out, communicate with the volunteers inside the Event Center with the names of the schools that have busses coming in to load.

Bus unload/load area (Baldwin ct.): Outside work area, dress accordingly.

  • 2-3 volunteers to direct busses entering and leaving unload/load area. Communicate with bus drivers as needed. Volunteers will work this position in the morning to unload and the afternoon to load busses.
  • Coordinate with volunteer at intersection to regulate bus traffic flow.
  • Oversee and assist bus greeters as needed.
  • Up to 10 volunteers as bus greeters (depending on number of students scheduled for the day). Get onto the busses to welcome schools to the NWSS, go over NWSS rules with students and chaperones, collect information on schools (name of school, number of students & chaperones, teacher name & phone number, number of busses from the school and DEPARTURE TIME, etc.), confirm and announce departure time to the group, and instruct them to be in the Events Center in their assigned seating area 15 minutes before their departure time and to stay seated until a volunteer comes to take them to their bus. Give bus driver a grounds admission ticket and instructions to bus parking lot.

Events Center: Inside work area, may be some lifting of table, chairs, and easels (usually someone there that can help with that).

  • 2 volunteers to tabulate information collected on the busses and assign seating areas in the Event Center to the schools. This has to be done before the school groups start coming back to the Event Center (11:30-12:00).
  • Oversee the order of schools leaving the Event Center at departure time.
  • 2-3 volunteers to assist above volunteers with filling out and hanging school name signs on assigned sections of the Event Center. Also filling out large flip charts with school names and assigned sections

Become a School Visits Volunteer!

Come learn more about the National Western Stock Show volunteer program - we have information sessions throughout the year.

Learn More

School Visits registration is now open!  Make sure to schedule your FREE field trip now.
2017 School Visits closed out with another successful year!  Check back later for exciting updates for 2018.

Contact Us

  • For School Visit information and to book a School Visit call
  • 303-292-1708


  • National Western Stock Show
    Attn: School Visits
    4655 Humboldt St.
    Denver, CO 80216