School Field Trips

School Field Trips

School field trips are available at our Colfax, LoDo and Aspen Grove locations.

Bring students to experience Tattered Cover Book Store and learn what it's all about. Get a behind-the-scenes tour at our Colfax location, too! Kids love learning about how businesses work in the real world. Bring your class to Tattered Cover and we'll discuss how new and used books make their way to the shelves. Your class can learn about the value of independent bookstore. Possible activities include a storytime and/or tour. *Please note that we can accommodate dates through the first week in December only, due to the holidays. 

If you're interested in scheduling a School Field Trip, please email Kristen Gilligan with the following information:

  • The date(s) you'd like to visit Tattered Cover (Please include multiple days if schedule is flexible)
  • The store location you’d like to visit (Colfax, LoDo or Aspen Grove)
  • If visiting our Colfax location, would you like a bookstore tour (see details below)?
  • Are you interested in the Tattered Cover Staff Presentation (see details below)?
  • The number of students and grade(s) you’ll be bringing
  • How many chaperones/teachers will be attending?
  • Any expectations/focus you have?
  • Will students be bringing food/lunch in with them? Yes? No?
  • I have read and agree to the School Field Trip Contract Yes? No?

Sample Schedule (it’s flexible!):

  • 9:30am: Arrival 
  • 9:35am - 10:05am: Presentation from Tattered Cover staff
  • 10:10am - 11am: Bookstore Tour(s) of Colfax (Only available at our Colfax location. Schedule will be shorter for smaller groups, or at different locations.) 
  • 11am - 12 Noon: School Presentation/Activity (This can be anything you would like to do with your students while you are at the store. We will set up the space for you and let you plan the rest).
  • 12 Noon - 12:30pm: Browse/purchase books
  • 12:30pm: Departure

PLEASE NOTE: Tours are only available at our Colfax location. 

Tattered Cover Staff Presentation

Learn about Tattered Cover Book Store, a little bit about it's history, learn how new and used books make their way to the shelves, the value of independent bookstore, how books are shelved and how to navigate the bookstore.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Tattered Cover Colfax

PLEASE NOTE: Tours are only available at our Colfax location. 

For groups of 25 or less (we can do a maximum of THREE tours per Field Trip, for a total of 75 people.) 

Don't miss the behind-the-scenes tour of Tattered Cover's business operations... Housed in the historic Bonfils-Lowenstein Theatre, you view the retail space, visit the old Orchestra Pit, stand on the former stage, eye the iconic book-filled nooks and crannies of Tattered Cover. Then, you'll descend into the sub-level of the basement. The exposed interior of the building is so reinforced, you'll wonder if it had plans to become a nuclear fallout shelter when it was built in the 1950s. It's cavernous and rabbit warren-like, filled with all aspects of operating a large retail business, including central receiving, financial offices, customer shipping, marketing and events, buying, management offices, and much more.

School Field Trip Contract

All schools must agree to and sign our School Field Trip Contract. You can agree to this in an email by simplying saying, "I agree to the School Field Trip Contract." Please click here to view the School Field Trip Contract.