Discover Archaeology! is a program taught by Martha Otto, who has been the Curator of Archaeology at the Ohio Historical Society since 1974. Learn more details at: http://ohsweb.ohiohistory.org/archaeology/outreach/.
SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park underwent 17 years of excavation and research by the Dayton Society of Natural History in order for them to understand the site’s original inhabitants. Now, the village works to continue archaeological research and exhibits many of the artifacts recovered from the site. Visitors can explore the ancient home of Native American Indians who occupied the land between A.D. 1000 and 1650. For more information, visit: www.sunwatch.org/.
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Chillicothe offers scheduled mound tours as well as special events with Native American and archaeological themes, such as the Robert L. Harness Lecture Series in June and July 2013 and Hopewell Discovery Day on October 12th, 2013. The park also has a Junior Ranger program for children ages 6 through 12. For more information, call (740) 774-1126, or visit the website at: www.nps.gov/hocu/.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History provides a number of activities for children, including summer camps and one-time classes, in addition to offering a wide variety of paleontological exhibits. For more information, call (216) 231-4600, or go to: www.cmnh.org/.
Heidelberg University in Toledo offers several opportunities for students in grades 5 through 12 to experience archaeology. During most of the school year, classes can visit Johnson's Island and learn about the American Civil War and how archaeology helps to interpret the past. For more information, visit: http://johnsonsisland.heidelberg.edu/ or contact David R. Bush, Ph.D., at (419) 448-2327.
The Ohio Historical Center has interesting exhibits that explore Ohio's past, such as "The First Ohioans." This virtual exhibit features one of the most significant archaeological collections in the United States, with articles from all known prehistoric cultures of the Midwest region. The Ohio Historical Society has also developed a variety of resource programs for teachers to tap into a wide range of subject-focused field trips. Dozens of programs based on important Ohio and national historical themes are offered at many of the Society's 57 sites, which include museums, military forts, nature preserves, and living-history villages. For more information, call (614) 297-2300, or visit the website at: www.ohiohistory.org/.