Junior Experiences and Groups
Join us at the Archaeological Research Institute for an engaging exploration of archaeology, land stewardship, and local history. Immerse yourself in hands-on experiences that will deepen your understanding of these subjects. Our Jr. Experiences are specifically designed for youth aged 5-11, providing them with a unique opportunity to discover the wonders of archaeology.
Participate in our field experiences, where you’ll become part of a simulated excavation at the historic Smith Site, a captivating homestead. Uncover buried artifacts and unravel the stories they hold as you delve into the secrets of the past. In our lab experiences, you’ll analyze and interpret real artifacts discovered during our field work, gaining valuable insights into their significance. Or participants can can explore experimental archaeology, an exciting approach that uncovers the creation and purpose of ancient artifacts.
Join us on this enlightening and educational journey, where together we’ll uncover the marvels of the past.
Junior Group Experiences
Come join the Archaeological Research Institute for a captivating adventure into the world of archaeology, land stewardship, and local history. Let your imagination soar as we take you on a journey filled with engaging activities. Immerse yourself in hands-on experiences that will deepen your understanding of these fascinating subjects. Our Jr. Group Experiences are tailored specifically for youth aged 5-11 and can accommodate groups of 12 to 25 individuals. It’s a unique opportunity for young minds to discover the wonders of archaeology.
During our field experiences, groups will have the chance to participate in simulated excavations at the historic Smith Site, an enchanting homestead. Unearth buried artifacts and unravel the stories they hold as you delve into the secrets of the past. In our lab experiences, groups will analyze and interpret real artifacts discovered during our field work, gaining valuable insights into their significance. Alternatively, groups can explore experimental archaeology, an exciting approach that uncovers the creation and purpose of ancient artifacts.
Embark on this enlightening and educational journey with us as we uncover the marvels of the past. If you have a group larger than 25, please contact Samy, our Director of Programs, who will be happy to help you customize a group experience that meets your needs.
Adult Experiences and Groups
Join us on an exciting archaeological journey as we delve into the exploration, research, and preservation of archaeological sites in our region. Our wide range of experiences caters to both enthusiastic field explorers and laboratory enthusiasts.
In the field, every adventure is a unique and thrilling experience. You’ll have the extraordinary opportunity to participate in surveys, scouting missions, and excavations. Discover the mysteries concealed beneath the surface as we unearth artifacts that hold stories from the past. In the laboratory, we carefully analyze and interpret these precious finds discovered during our fieldwork. Through meticulous experiments and examinations, we unravel the origins and purposes of these historical objects.
These captivating experiences are available for individuals aged 12 and above, ensuring that everyone can engage in the wonders of archaeology.
Let us introduce you to the fascinating world of archaeology and its crucial role in preserving local history. Through our efforts, we aim to raise awareness, promote inclusive land stewardship, and safeguard our rich cultural heritage. Embark on this enlightening and educational journey with us as we explore the marvels of the past together.
Adult Group Experiences
Embark on an exhilarating archaeological adventure with your group of at least 12 and no more than 25 participants. Join us as we delve into the exploration, research, and preservation of archaeological sites in our region. Our diverse range of experiences caters to both passionate field enthusiasts and laboratory aficionados.
In the field, every experience is unique. You’ll have the extraordinary opportunity to participate in surveys, scouting missions, or excavations. Uncover the mysteries hidden beneath the surface as we unearth artifacts that hold stories from the past. In the laboratory, we meticulously analyze and interpret these treasures discovered during our fieldwork. Through experiments and careful examination, we unravel the origins and purposes of these historical objects.
These captivating experiences are available for individuals aged 12 and above, ensuring that everyone can engage in the wonders of archaeology. For groups larger than 25, please get in touch with Samy, our Director of Programming. Samy will work with you to customize a group experience that accommodates your needs.
Let us introduce you to the captivating realm of archaeology and its vital role in preserving local history. Through our endeavors, we aim to raise awareness, promote inclusive land stewardship, and safeguard our rich cultural heritage. Join us on this enlightening and educational journey as we explore the wonders of the past together.
Clubs and Camps
Clubs and Camps
Are you fascinated by archaeology? Do you want to uncover the secrets of the past and understand how our land has transformed over time? Have you ever dreamed of wielding an atlatl to throw a spear? At ARI, our clubs, camps, and Scouts Merit Badge program provide an exciting opportunity to delve into the world of archaeology, exploring local history and the lives of people who once inhabited our area. Join us for an adventure-filled and educational experience, including field trips to local archaeological sites, hands-on field and lab activities, and even experimental archaeology.
Get an exclusive glimpse into the past and discover how our people who lived her for thousands of years spent their days in our region. Learn valuable techniques for preserving historical and natural sites and understand why they hold immense value and deserve protection. Our Youth Archaeology Club welcomes students from 6th to 8th grade and runs year-round on selected dates. Additionally, our camps cater to students aged 5 to 18, with specialized programs tailored to different age groups. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity—register today to secure your spot, as our camps fill up quickly!
ARI is dedicated to increasing awareness and safeguarding the importance of significant historical sites, ensuring the preservation of local history and cultural resources for future generations. Our primary approach involves organizing tours at the Guard Archaeological Preserve (GAP) and other notable archaeological sites in the local and regional areas. Through immersive experiences at these locations, we aim to vividly narrate the captivating story of the region’s vibrant history.
Our tour offerings encompass a diverse range of experiences. Firstly, we provide a comprehensive local and regional archaeological tour, which can be enhanced with an optional lunch. This tour allows participants to delve deep into the area’s rich archaeological heritage. Secondly, we offer the River of Time Tour, a captivating journey through history that illustrates the enduring human presence along the river for thousands of years.
Additionally, we are proud to present the Fort Ancient Augmented Reality Tour, an innovative experience that transports visitors more than 800 years into the past to witness the Guard Site as it once stood. This tour utilizes augmented reality technology and ARI iPads, and it has received partial sponsorship from Indiana Humanities, Dearborn Community Foundation, and the Louis M. Groen Foundation. To ensure accessibility for all, we also provide golf cart transportation for individuals who are unable to explore the trails on foot. By combining augmented reality and our iPads, this tour allows guests to envision the hidden wonders beneath the surface and gain a deeper appreciation for the historical significance of the site.
Class Field Trips
ARI offers exciting field trip opportunities for students to experience the world of archaeology firsthand. These field trips aim to educate students about the field of archaeology and its significance in uncovering the past. ARI is dedicated to providing standards-driven experiences that align with curriculum objectives while also being engaging and enjoyable for students.
Events and Talks
Discover the fascinating world of archaeology and join us in our passion for preserving history and local heritage. At ARI, we are dedicated to providing you with captivating events and enlightening talks that will take you on an exciting journey of exploration. Whether you’re an adult or a young enthusiast, we have a diverse range of engaging activities tailored just for you. With a calendar full of events throughout the year, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Come and join us as we delve into the wonders of archaeology together!
At ARI, we pride ourselves on offering a diverse range of experiences catered to meet everyone’s preferences. If you can’t find an experience that suits you or your group, our team is here to collaborate with you and create a personalized group experience that exceeds your expectations.