May 31, 2018

Contact: Brian Quinn

Graham Cave State Park hosts Archaeology Day Kids Camp June 14

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 31, 2018 – Kids can spend a day learning how to be an archaeologist and unlocking the secrets of the past during Archaeology Day Kids Camp 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at Graham Cave State Park. The event is free and open to kids entering grades 4 through 6 this fall. 

Archaeology Day Kids Camp is designed to introduce kids to the basic concepts of archaeology through a series of hands-on programs. Participants will learn what archaeology is, how to conduct a dig, analyze and record artifacts found, and develop critical thinking skills to assess the lifestyle, culture and age of the civilization that the artifacts represent.

The day-long camp will feature several miniature digs where participants will practice their skills at excavating and deciphering clues left by the artifacts they uncover. At the end of the day, participants will have completed the requirements for becoming a member of the Graham Cave State Park Council of Young Archaeologists.

Please note that kids will not be working on real archaeological sites or digs nor in the cave. All Kids Camp digs are premade and miniaturized for the purposes of this program, and to preserve the natural resources of the park. Pre-registration is required and only 15 young archaeologists can be accommodated.

Graham Cave State Park is located on Highway TT, two miles west of Highway 161 at the 170 Exit. For more information and to pre-register, please call the park office at 573-564-3476.

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.