Engaging the community to promote and protect our heritage.
Are you a librarian interested in providing unique programs for kids in your community? SCDNR’s Archaeology for Kids program is free to libraries across South Carolina. An SCDNR Archaeology team member begins each program with a brief introduction to archaeology, and a short film or book related to an archaeology topic you choose. The introduction is then followed by a hands-on activity such as Pottery Re-Fit, Dig Into Reading, or Make Your Own Pottery. Archaeology for Kids programs are for kids ages 6 – 12 years old. Please contact SCDNR Heritage Trust historian Alyssa Jones (JonesA@dnr.sc.gov) with questions and to schedule an Archaeology for Kids program for your library.
Are you a Boy Scout interested in earning your Archaeology Merit Badge? Are you a troop leader looking for local merit badge opportunities for your Scouts? The SCDNR Cultural Heritage Trust team of professional archaeologists hosts BSA Archaeology Merit badge programs throughout the year. Want to schedule an Archaeology Merit Badge program for your Scouts? Please contact SCDNR Heritage Trust public information coordinator Jacob Hamill (HamillJ@dnr.sc.gov) with questions. For more information about the BSA Archaeology Merit Badge please view this document from the BSA.
Does your group, school or club have an interest in archaeology? Do you want to learn more about the SCDNR Heritage Trust Program? Are you planning a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) event? What about a Science Education Enrichment Day (SEED)? SCDNR Heritage Trust archaeologists travel around South Carolina to take part in diverse educational events, give public talks, and provide guided group tours of some of SCDNR's Cultural Heritage Preserves. Contact SCDNR Heritage Trust archaeologist Meg Gaillard (GaillardM@dnr.sc.gov) to schedule SCDNR's Cultural Heritage Trust to be a part of your next event.
Are you a Girl Scout interested in archaeology? Are you a troop leader looking for citizen science projects in your community? The SCDNR Archaeology team provides free opportunities to Girl Scouts throughout the year. Please contact SCDNR Heritage Trust historian Alyssa Jones (JonesA@dnr.sc.gov) with questions and to schedule a Girl Scout program with the SCDNR Archaeology team.
Once a year, the SCDNR Archaeology team open the doors of Parker Annex Archaeology Center to the public for a free, family-friendly open house event. Come meet the SCDNR Archaeology team, watch experimental archaeology demonstrations, participate in hands-on activities, and tour the archaeology laboratory. More information about this year’s open house.
Is your school or district looking for professional development opportunities? Have you considered incorporating archaeology into your curriculum? Project Archaeology workshops are provided for free in South Carolina by the SCDNR Archaeology team. We can host your group at Parker Annex Archaeology Center or travel to your facility to provide a workshop.
Project Archaeology uses archaeological inquiry to foster understanding of past and present cultures, improve social studies and science education, and enhance citizenship education to help preserve our archaeological legacy. Project Archaeology information.
Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter is the primary curriculum used for workshops. However, there are many other curriculum options available. Information about all Project Archaeology materials.
Please contact SCDNR Heritage Trust archaeologist and Project Archaeology Master Teacher/S.C. State Coordinator Meg Gaillard (GaillardM@dnr.sc.gov)with questions and to schedule a Project Archaeology workshop for your group.
The SCDNR Archaeology team is a proud partner of the VA NPWE program. Through this program, the SCDNR Archaeology team provides eligible Veterans and Servicemembers with training and practical job experience in the field of archaeology. This program is ideal for Veterans and Servicemembers who have clear career goals. It’s also beneficial for those who learn well in a hands-on setting. More information about the VA NPWE program. Please contact SCDNR Heritage Trust archaeologist Meg Gaillard (GaillardM@dnr.sc.gov) with questions.