Kids to get hands dirty at mock archaeology dig

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, announces Kids Digs programs for children ages 8 to 12 this summer.
Photo courtesy National Parks Service

Kids Digs introduces youth to archaeology through a hands-on mock archaeology dig

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, announces Kids Digs programs for children ages 8 to 12 this summer. Kids Dig programs will take place on three Saturdays in July: July 9, July 16, and July 23, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

Kids Digs introduces youth to archaeology through a hands-on mock archaeology dig. Kids Digs programs are free with paid regular admission for accompanying adults. Reservations are required; call (360) 816-6230 to reserve a spot.

During these fun and educational programs, National Park Service staff and volunteers will provide children with hands-on opportunities to learn archaeological techniques like excavation, screening, recording, and interpreting findings. Each child will receive a Junior Archaeologist certificate upon completion of the program. 

Kids Digs programs this year will take place within view of the Public Archaeology Field School, where Portland State University and Washington State University students will be conducting active archaeological excavations of the historic schoolhouses sites at Fort Vancouver. Learn more about the Field School excavation here.

“Kids Digs give children an immersive experience with archaeology, said Paula Hale, Park Guide at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. “This national park is a tremendous resource for our community. Children who participate in the Kids Dig leave inspired to learn more about history and archaeology.”

Space is limited to 20 children per program. To ensure participant safety, youth must come prepared for active, outdoor play in the dirt; long pants, light long-sleeved shirts, close-toed shoes, sun hats and sunscreen are strongly recommended.

What: Kids Digs at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Who: The Kids Dig program is designed for participants ages 8-12

When: July 9, July 16, and July 23. Programs take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Where: Participants will meet inside the reconstructed Fort Vancouver, located at 1001 E Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA 98661

Reservations: Reservations are required. Call (360) 816-6230 to reserve your spot(s).

Fee: There is no additional cost for this program. Regular entrance fees to Fort Vancouver apply. Learn more about entrance fees here.

Information provided by Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.


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