Guard Archaeological Preserve Grand Opening for Public Field Season is June 1st, 2024

Field & Learning Center Trip

Event Description:

*Reserve your May 2024 field trips now!*

Join us at the Archaeological Research Institute for an exciting and educational field trip! We offer a range of field trip options tailored to different age groups and seasons, ensuring an immersive and enriching experience for all participants.

Our field trip activities vary based on the needs of your group but will include techniques and methods in excavation and survey as well as experimental archaeology. All the activities your students will participate in will be guided by our expert public archaeologists.

Your group can explore our simulated excavation at the Smith Site, a historic homestead. Students will learn the essential techniques archaeologists use to research our region’s history. Students may even be able to visit our open research sites and take part in our ongoing research projects!

Experimental Archaeology happens all the time at ARI. This is where we learn to replicate or approximate ancient cultural practices and tasks, testing archaeological hypotheses. Students can try their hand at using an atlatl to throw a seven-foot dart, learn the ancient art of flint knapping to create stone tools, explore indigenous gardening methods and native plants, or even learn the arts of pottery-making and cordage.

We understand that each class has unique learning objectives and state standards to meet. That’s why we offer customized experiences and are open to tailoring the field trip to your specific needs. Our dedicated staff will work closely with you to create a trip that aligns with your class’s goals and ensures a meaningful and engaging experience for your students.

Join us at the Archaeological Research Institute for an unforgettable journey into the past, where history comes alive through exploration, discovery, and hands-on activities. Contact us today to begin planning your customized field trip!

How To Prepare:

All necessary equipment will be provided for the field trips, but please wear attire that you don’t mind getting dirty, as we will be engaging in activities that can cause clothes to get dirty or stained. It is also appreciated if you wear closed-toed shoes and long pants, as the some activities take place outdoors.

Attention, teachers! Don’t forget to inquire about our field trip grants and determine the eligibility of your students/school for potential benefits!

Thanks to the generous support of the United Way of Southeast Indiana and the Home City Ice Family Foundation, ARI Field trip grants are now available. These grants specifically cater to the transportation needs and lunch expenses of students residing in Southeast Indiana, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Ohio. By utilizing these funds, ARI is able to offer field trip experiences on a donation basis, ensuring that all students have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning about the historical cultures of our region. We extend our gratitude to the United Way and the Home City Ice Family Foundation for making this possible!


Special thanks to the United Way for their generous donation, providing the funds necessary to offer this experience free of charge.


10am-4pm (Seasonally)


ARI Base Camp 126 W High Street Lawrenceburg, IN

Age Requirement:

Students ages 5-19

Activity Level:

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


2-3 Hours

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