Archaeology Adventures

Archaeology Adventures is an educational experience for kindergarten – 3rd grade students that introduces them to science and history through stories and art projects based in archaeology.

CAA educators and archaeologists work with teachers to choose activity sessions that complement teachers’ instructional goals and meet education standards. In addition to offering our standard activities, the CAA is always happy to develop new programs to meet your students’ specific educational needs. Archaeology Adventures is an educational experience your students won’t forget!

COVID-19 Update (1 April 2020)

The Center for American Archeology is actively monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has ordered all Illinois residents to stay at home and for all non-essential businesses to cease until 30 April 2020 in order to combat the coronavirus outbreak. The CAA is complying with this order.

At the time of this posting, we are accepting enrollments for our summer programs in the hope that we will be able to have them. We are not accepting deposits or tuition payments at this time.

If you would like to attend a field school or other program, simply submit your enrollment and scholarship forms. Invoices for tuition payment will be sent once we are certain programs will happen.

In the event that programs are cancelled because of the coronavirus, refunds will be issued. Until that time, our standard refund policies are in place.

Please note: The ASU Kampsville Field School, Spring Adult Field School, Flintknapping Workshop, and all Spring Past Lifeways have been cancelled. Students in those programs have been notified.

Activity Options

Archaeologists Dig for Clues: This is the core activity for this program and is highly recommended as the first activity. A CAA archaeologist-educator will read this story and share a site model and artifact samples with the students to help reinforce the plot and vocabulary. Optional extensions include timeline making, wastebasket excavation, corn/seed grinding with stone tools, or a sewing project with an awl.

Ceramics: The use of clay developed independently worldwide thousands of years ago. Students will learn where clay comes from, why ceramic technology is important, and then make their own coil or pinch pot.

Drum Making: The drum is an important and often sacred instrument to many people around the world. Native Americans have a long history of drum making. Students will learn about the importance of drums and how they hold special meaning to different people while making a drum of their own.

Native American Games: A selection of fun, easy games to choose from with options for indoor and outdoor play. Some game options offer the chance to make their own game pieces to keep. Games encourage math skills, team work, and good sportsmanship.

Pictographs: Students learn about petroglyphs, pictographs and symbolism. They then get to make their own art to keep.

Storytelling: Students hear a Native American Story and learn how stories have been used throughout history to help people remember important events and teach life lessons. Then students get to make up their own stories.

Program Options

Groups may experience Archaeology Adventures on our campus in Kampsville or at their own school.

Kampsville Field Trip

Bring your whole class to Kampsville for a day in the Illinois River Valley. Visit our museum and then travel to our education facility where students will participate in the chosen activities.

In-School Archaeology Day

A CAA archaeology educator will travel to your classroom with all the necessary materials for a day of fun and learning.

Plan Your Group’s Visit

If you are interested in attending our program, us at or 618-653-4316.

All visiting groups must complete a contract with the CAA before your trip.