Kansas Archaeology Month takes place in April. For more information, go to http://www.ksarchaeo.info/KAM/KAM/intro.html.
The Kansas Archeology Training Program, sponsored by the Kansas State Historical Society and the Kansas Anthropological Association, is a field school for kids. It takes place in June each year; the 2013 site was at the Billy Dixon trading post, Whisky Ranch, in Ellis County. Children must be at least 10 years old to participate, and children under 14 must work alongside a parent or sponsoring adult. For more information, visit http://www.kshs.org/p/kansas-archeology-training-program-katp-field-school/14623.
The University of Kansas Natural History Museum offers a variety of programs for children, including summer camps. The museum also has a large fossil collection. Children can touch the fossilized femur of Camarasaurus, learn about the evolution of ancient plants and trees, and discover invertebrate fossils, including ammonites, trilobites and giant squid. For more information, call (785) 864-4450, or go to the website at http://www.nhm.ku.edu/.
The Kansas Historical Society provides Project Archaeology, units for Kansas classrooms that include the student magazine, student journal, and teacher guide: The Archaeology of Wichita Indian Shelter, The Archaeology of Early Agriculture, or Migration of the Pueblo People. Teachers can also borrow traveling trunks, which include documents, photographs, and high-quality reproductions of artifacts, on specific topics such as Cowboys and Cattle Trails or Kansas Symbols. For more information, go to http://www.kshs.org/portal_educate.
The Sternberg Museum of Natural History, located in the world-famous cretaceous chalk beds of the Niobrara Formation, features fossils of amazing animals. A huge walk-through diorama of both land and sea environments allows visitors to experience the plants and animals of this exciting time. The exhibit is complete with sounds and moving replicas, including a Tyrannosaurus rex.
Many of the educational offerings focus on paleontology, especially the paleontology of dinosaurs and the famous chalk beds nearby. Whenever possible, the Demonstration Laboratory is staffed with student and volunteer workers. While they are there, you can see fossil preparation and other tasks that are an on-going part of the museum's research programs. In addition to fossils, you can see many other exciting traveling and temporary exhibitions. And don't forget to visit the Discovery Room for hands-on learning and fun! For more information, call (877) 332-1165, or visit http://sternberg.fhsu.edu.
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