Clubs and Camps

Have an interest in archaeology? Want to learn about the people that lived in our area and how our land has changed over the years? Have you ever wanted to throw a spear using an atlatl? Clubs and camps at ARI will give you an inside look at what archaeologists do and how archaeologists explore the people and cultures of the past. You can take an inside look at how people lived in our area in pre-historic times, learn about how to preserve these historic and natural sites and why they are worth protecting. 
  • Danger Camp
  • Youth Archaeology Club
  • Archaeology Immersion Experience
  • Can You Dig it? Youth Archaeology Camp

We are excited to be offering a week-long camp for scouts in July 2022! ARI’s Danger Camp will provide experiences in archery, bow making, atlatl throwing, pottery, kayaking, hiking, basketmaking, leather working, and more. Scouts will also have an opportunity to do some excavation, work in our lab, and see what archaeologists do behind the scenes. Danger Camp is open to all Scouts ages 9-11. Registration is open now!

The Danger Camp fee includes:

Five days of guided experiences and learning

  • Camp t-shirt
  • Transportation to the archaeological site and field trip
  • Materials
  • Daily lunch

Important Information
Monday-Friday
9am-4pm

What to bring:
Water bottle, snacks, small backpack with sunscreen, bug spray, light weight raincoat

What to wear:
Scouts should come wearing clothes they can get dirty. Sturdy shoes or hiking boots are recommended

Sign-up Now! Only 10 spots per session. 

Waitlist after the first 10 spots are filled, may open a second session if waitlist fills up. 

Pricing

$280

When:

July 11th-15th
9am-4pm

Location:

ARI Base Camp
424 Walnut Street
Lawrenceburg IN

Age Requirement:

12 +

Activity Level:

Active (kneeling, standing for long periods of time, etc.)

Length:

July 11-15
9am-4pm

*Become an ARI Member to receive discounted pricing on all ARI events and experiences. 

BECOME AN ARI MEMBER

Students in the Youth Archaeology Club will have an exciting opportunity to learn about and experience archaeology hands-on. At regularly scheduled meetings on the second Thursday and last Saturday of each month, students will alternate between learning activities, archaeological fieldwork and lab work, and field trips. Members of the Youth Archaeology Club are the only young students able to excavate side-by-side with ARI archaeologists in the field. Thanks to Lawrenceburg Kiwanis, we have several fully funded memberships open for this club!

Members of the Youth Archaeology Club may have some of the following experiences:

  • Extended archaeological experiences guided by archaeologists in the excavation unit
  • Extended archaeological experiences guided by archaeologists in the lab
  • Field trips to local archaeological sites
  • Designing and testing experimental archaeology hypothesis
  • How far can you throw an atlatl with your right arm vs. your left arm?
  • What does cooked chenopodium taste like?
  • How did Fort Ancient peoples make rope?
  • Gardening with plants like corn, squash, and chenopodium
  • Hands-on learning activities focused on various aspects of archaeology including mapping, ethnobotany, pottery, lithics, ancient art, faunal remains, etc.
  • Opportunities to socialize with peers with similar interests through learning and club social events

The Youth Archaeology Club Membership Fee includes:

  • Archaeological experiences
  • Club T-shirt
  • Transportation to the archaeological site and field trips
  • Refreshments at club social events

Pricing

$350

When:

Wednesdays OR Saturdays
10am, 11am, & 2pm

Location:

ARI Base Camp
424 Walnut Street
Lawrenceburg IN

Age Requirement:

10– 14

Activity Level:

1 – 2 Hours

Length:

1 – 2 Hours

*Become an ARI Member to receive discounted pricing on all ARI events and experiences. 

BECOME AN ARI MEMBER

Join us in our upcoming High School Archaeology Immersion Camp, where students ages 14-18 can learn about archaeology through various hands-on opportunities. This camp is perfect for students who want to know more about archaeology as a science and as a career, as well as having fun digging in the dirt and exploring local archaeological sites with other students. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with ARI archaeologists in excavation, activities, and field trips. Explore archaeology with us through the archaeology immersion camp! 

Members of the High School Archaeology Immersion Camp may have some of the following experiences: 

  • Extended archaeological experiences guided by archaeologists in the excavation unit 
  • Extended archaeological experiences guided by archaeologists in the lab 
  • Field trips to local archaeological sites 
  • Designing and testing experimental archaeology hypothesis 
  • Gardening with plants like corn, squash, and chenopodium 
  • Hands-on learning activities focused on various aspects of archaeology including mapping, ethnobotany, pottery, lithics, ancient art, faunal remains, etc. 
  • Conducting and presenting archaeological research projects 
  • Access to education help and career advice from professional archaeologists 

 

The High School Archaeology Immersion Camp Fee includes: 

  • Five days of guided archaeological experiences 
  • Camp T-shirt and workbook 
  • Transportation to the archaeological site and field trips 
  • Daily lunch 

 

Pricing

$280

When:

Session 4
Ages 14-19
July 25th -29th
9am-4pm

Location:

ARI Base Camp
424 Walnut Street
Lawrenceburg IN

Age Requirement:

14 – 19

Activity Level:

Active (kneeling, standing for long periods of time, etc.)

Length:

July 25th -29th 9am-4pm

*Become an ARI Member to receive discounted pricing on all ARI events and experiences. 

BECOME AN ARI MEMBER

We have four exciting summer day camp sessions in 2022! For students who cannot be regular members of an archaeology club, who want condensed experience, or who are simply interested in archaeology, the Summer Day Camp is a perfect adventure with activities, learning, and field trips. Four sessions cater to (three) different ages, allowing students to develop friendships with their peers during their time at ARI. They will enjoy a fun-filled week packed with excavations, lab work, and field trips focused on a central theme of the scientific method. Registration begins in January 2022.

During the Summer Day Camp, students will experience:

  • Extended archaeological experiences guided by archaeologists in the Junior Excavation Area (Sessions 1-2) or in the archaeological units (Sessions 3-4)
  • Extended Archaeology Indoors experiences guided by archaeologists in the lab
  • Guided archaeological hike at Shawnee Lookout, with a possibility to visit Fort Ancient and/or Sunwatch as well
  • Gardening with native plants
  • Experimental archaeology projects
  • Developing, researching, and understanding archaeological questions

The Summer Day Camp fee includes:

  • Four days of guided archaeological experiences
  • Camp workbook
  • Camp T-shirt
  • Transportation to the archaeological site and field trip
  • Pizza party on the last day of camp

Wear hiking clothes that can get dirty. Bring plenty of water & snacks. Sunscreen, hats, bug spray, sturdy shoes or hiking boots are recommended.

Pricing

$280

When:

Session 1
Ages 8 & 9 -June 6th -10th, 9am-4pm

Session 2
Ages 10 & 11 -June 13th -17th, 9am-4pm

Session 3
Ages 12 & 13 July 18th -22nd, 9am-4pm

Location:

ARI Base Camp
424 Walnut Street
Lawrenceburg IN

Age Requirement:

8-9 / 10-11 / 12-13

Activity Level:

Active (kneeling, standing for long periods of time, etc.)

Length:

Monday – Friday

*Become an ARI Member to receive discounted pricing on all ARI events and experiences. 

BECOME AN ARI MEMBER

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT STATEMENT:

The Archaeological Research Institute (ARI) recognizes that the land we study and steward is the homeland of many peoples. We acknowledge the myaamia (Miami), Shawanwa (Shawnee), Peewaalia (Peoria), Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo) and the multitude of nations who call this their homelands.  

ARI recognizes the violence inflicted upon the indigenous Nations of the Ohio Valley, including their forced removal following treaties such as Fort Finney and Greenville. ARI condemns the intentional destruction of their languages and cultures. ARI condemns the continuous discrimination against the living Native peoples throughout the United States.  

ARI recognizes that these peoples are not of the past, but are vibrant living nations. ARI recognizes that Native Americans are a diverse, resilient people with a deep enduring history worth knowing.  In that light ARI extends our respect to all Native peoples both past and present.  

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