Field & Learning Center Trip

Event Description:

*Reserve your May 2024 field trips now! 2023 season is fully booked.*

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

For students aged 5-11, we have a special Junior Field Experience during our busy season. In this program, young archaeologists will have the opportunity to engage in a simulated excavation at the Smith Site, an historic homestead. Guided by our expert public archaeologists, students will learn essential excavation techniques, how to map an archaeological site, and the different stages of excavation. It’s a hands-on adventure that fosters curiosity and teaches the basics of archaeological fieldwork.

Older students, aged 11-18, can partake in an Experimental Archaeology Experience during our off season or engage in captivating field experiences during our busy season. In the off season, students will delve into the fascinating world of experimental archaeology. They will have the chance 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 art of pottery-making.

During our busy season, students will focus on archaeological excavation techniques, cultural preservation, stratigraphy, and the historical and prehistorical context of the region. Led by our knowledgeable staff, students will gain a deeper understanding of the intricacies of excavating archaeological sites, the importance of preserving cultural heritage, and the significance of different layers of soil (stratigraphy) in uncovering the past.

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, including our Director of Programming, Samy, will work closely with you to create a field 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 424 Walnut Street Lawrenceburg, IN

Age Requirement:

Students ages 5-19

Activity Level:

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


1-3 Hours

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