Archaeology of Shelter and Migration in Western Kansas @ Historic Lake Scott State Park
Jun 12 @ 8:00 am – Jun 13 @ 4:30 pm

Archaeology of Shelter and Migration in Western Kansas
Project Archaeology Workshop
Historic Lake Scott State Park, Scott County, Kansas
June 12 and 13, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Archaeology of Shelter and Migration in Western Kansas is a workshop designed for in-service teachers, pre-service teachers, informal educators (e.g., museum personnel, park employees, Scout leaders, etc.), avocational archaeologists, and archaeologists, particularly those in an under-served region of Kansas. Instructors Virginia Wulfkuhle and Gail Lundeen will model national and Kansas-specific Project Archaeology materials that are multidisciplinary, inquiry-based, and designed for, but not limited to, grades 3-8. Project Archaeology uses archaeology to foster understanding of past and present cultures; improve social studies, science, and literacy education; and enhance citizenship education to help preserve our archaeological legacy. A wide variety of curriculum materials will be provided.

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The workshop is scheduled for June 12-13, 2023, in conjunction with the Kansas Archeology Training Program (KATP) field school, June 1-18, 2023, in Scott County, Kansas. Participants will register for the class through online KATP registration (https://www.kshs.org/p/kansas-archeology-training-program-field-school/14623). A stipend of $75 for each of 12 people is offered, allowing participants to purchase an annual membership in the KAA ($27 for an individual adult) and pay the KATP field school registration fee at the membership rate ($35). Participants who desire laboratory, field survey, and excavation experience can take part in those KATP field school activities prior to or following the two-day workshop. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the field school, food, and lodging.

The event will be hosted at the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) headquarters at Historic Lake Scott State Park west of Scott City, Kansas. Within this park are an archaeological site (Scott County Pueblo, 14SC1) and a National Register of Historic Places property (Herbert and Eliza Steele House) that are pertinent to the curriculum being presented.

For more information, contact Virginia Wulfkuhle at virginia.wulfkuhle@gmail.com.

Great Basin Archaeology Teacher Workshop @ California Trail Center
Jun 13 @ 9:00 am – Jun 15 @ 4:00 pm

The course includes an experiential learning trip to a local archaeological site, presentations by indigenous educators, a classroom investigation of a Great Basin Wickiup, and modeled instruction of the lessons in Investigating Shelter from professional archaeology educators. Participants that attend this workshop will be able to transform their classroom into a community of student archaeologists who ask questions, make observations, support their inferences with evidence, analyze primary sources, understand and appreciate diversity and culture, and become caring citizens and stewards.

This course will introduce participants to the Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter curriculum guide, a supplementary science and social studies curriculum unit for grades 3 through 5 (adaptable to upper grades). The unit supports Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in literacy and mathematics, especially through modeling the investigation process. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of archaeology, students can seamlessly integrate science (STEM) with literacy, mathematics, social studies, and history.

Participants will receive a $150 stipend, paid museum fees, lunches, transportation for the field trip, curriculum guides, and certification of 24 contact hours. College credit available for $23/credit.

Registration Deadline: May 8, 2023 – Only 16 spots are available, register today!

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This teacher workshop is sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management, the Institute for Heritage Education, Nevada Gold Mines, and Southern Utah University.

Archaeology of a Little House on the Prairie @ Blue Earth County History Center
Jul 14 @ 9:00 am – Jul 15 @ 8:00 pm

“GOING WEST—A LONG time ago, when all the grandfathers and grandmothers of today were little boys and little girls or very small babies, or perhaps not even born, Pa and Ma and Mary and Laura and Baby Carrie left their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin.” This two-day workshop for teachers of grades 3-8 will connect you to the past through a Project Archaeology shelter investigation of an historic farmhouse in the prairie setting of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book series: Mankato and Walnut Grove, MN.

The first day of the workshop will take place at the Blue Earth County History Center in Mankato, MN with lessons and exhibits to enhance our learning of archaeology, historic photographs, and culture. On the second day we will “uncover” a farmhouse archaeological site exploring the geography, history, and artifacts of a real house on the prairie. Our investigation will conclude with a field trip to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and Ingalls Dugout archaeological site. Teachers will also have the option to stay that evening in Walnut Grove to watch the famous Wilder Pageant.

The cost of this once-in-a-lifetime teacher workshop is $129 which includes lunches, a sack dinner, curriculum guides, and field trip to Walnut Grove museum.

Only 8 spots still available! Registration deadline has been extended to July 1, 2023.

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One college credit is offered for an additional $23.00 paid to Southern Utah University. BONUS – you can attend the Wilder Pageant Saturday night, July 15th 7-11pm with a variety of seating options ranging from $18 – $25.

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Meet the instructors:

Courtney Agenten

Courtney Agenten, Network Director, Leadership Team Chair, Minnesota Coordinator

Dr. Samantha Kirkley

Samantha Kirkley, Professional Development Director, Utah Coordinator

Investigate the Puzzle House Pueblo at Canyons of the Ancients @ Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center
Jul 18 – Jul 20 all-day
Investigate the Puzzle House Pueblo at Canyons of the Ancients @ Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center

Investigating the Puzzle House Pueblo incorporates authentic archaeological and historical research paired with oral histories to teach students about the use and importance of the Pueblo in the past and present lives of Hopi people.

This workshop will be held at the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center in Dolores, CO. The workshop includes lunches, a site tour, and CEUs (2 college credits optional). For more information and to apply, please contact Anna Arsic at aarsic@blm.gov or 970-882-5627.

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