Youth Programs


Archaeology Workshops:

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Youth Events

Egypt
Students entering grades 4-6

Learn about mummies, pyramids, and the people who lived in Egypt at the time of the pharaohs! Hands-on activities will include making a mummy case and mask, and writing a message in hieroglyphics. Cancellations prior to July 3 will receive a full refund minus a $40 cancellation fee. No refunds for cancellations after July 3.

Date: Monday, July 20, 2015
Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Location: 312 Wimberly Hall, UW-La Crosse
Fee: $80
Note: Bring a lunch, drink, snacks, water bottle

Introduction to Archaeology
Students entering grades 5-9

Explore MVAC’s Archaeology Lab and work with artifacts recovered from area excavations as an introduction to the science of archaeology. Discover how the first Native Americans in Wisconsin survived using the area’s natural resources. Students must take this class in order to attend the Middle School Field Experience. Cancellations prior to July 3 will receive a full refund minus a $40 cancellation fee. No refunds for cancellations after July 3.

Dates: Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Location: 312 Wimberly Hall, UW-La Crosse
Fee: $80
Note: Bring a lunch, drink, snacks, water bottle

Middle School Field Experience
Students entering grades 5-9

Take your excitement for archaeology into the field! Students who have taken the MVAC’s Introduction to Archaeology class in the past can join a La Crosse area project. Participants will work alongside professional archaeologists in the field. Activities may include shovel testing or small-scale excavations. Weather may require alternate activities. Cancellations prior to July 3 will receive a full refund minus an $80 cancellation fee. No refunds for cancellations after July 3.

Dates: Wednesday–Thursday, July 22–23, 2015
Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Location: 312 Wimberly Hall, UW-La Crosse
Fee: $200
Note: Bring a lunch, drink, snacks, water bottle, insect repellent, sunscreen. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes that can get dirty.
Prerequisite: MVAC’s Introduction to Archaeology class

Multi-Age Events

Public Archaeology Field Schools (3 and 5 day experiences)
High School & Adult
This multi-day field and lab experience is a well-rounded opportunity for those who want to learn about the process of archaeology. Work alongside professional archaeologists on an actual archaeological excavation and survey work. Lab work may include washing and sorting ceramics, stone tools, and other remains. An experimental archaeology component may explore making stone tools and using an atlatl (spearthrower). Optional lab hours and local field trips will be available after regular field school hours. No previous experience is necessary.

This experience is open to high-school students through adults. Fee includes a one-year MVAC membership. Supervised dorm facilities are available for high-school students at an additional cost of $225 for 3 days and $335 for 5 days. Cancellation prior to June19 will receive a full refund minus a $100 cancellation fee. No refunds for cancellations after June 19.

Three-day Experience:
Dates: Monday–Wednesday, July 20–22, 2015
Time: July 20: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; July 21–22: 7 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Location: Archaeology Center and Laboratories, UW-La Crosse
Fee: $350

Five-day Experience:
Dates: Monday–Friday, July 20–24, 2015
Time: July 20: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; July 21–24: 7 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Location: Archaeology Center and Laboratories, UW-La Crosse
Fee: $500

Picture of scholarship burst.Scholarships:

Continuing Education and Extension Scholarships are available for financially disadvantaged students (except for the Middle School Field Experience and the Public Archaeology Field Schools). Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. 2015 Scholarship applications will be accepted through May 31 or until scholarship funds have been depleted. A required payment is due at time of registration.

MVAC Scholarships Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center may be able to offer several students financial assistance to attend our youth programs. Scholarships will be awarded based on interest in archaeology, financial need and grade point average. For information about receiving youth financial assistance call 608.785.8454 or jdowiasch@uwlax.edu.

For more Information: Karen DeSchepper, 608.785.6508 or kdeschepper@uwlax.edu