Summer Camp @ Crystal River Preserve State Park!

Estuary Exploration

Summer Camp

@ Crystal River Preserve State Park!

CRASP Summer Camp is scheduled for July 10 – 14, 2017
Applications close by June 17th, 2017.
Follow the links below to apply today! Going to be a great time once again!

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FPAN CRC ~ Winter 2016-2017 Newsletter



FPAN CRC, Winter 2016 – 2017 Newsletter

Lots of good reading about all the interesting goings-on in the FPAN Central Region.

  •  2017 Florida Archaeology Month Poster

  •  History Bike Gainesville Recap

  •  2017 Archaeology Advocacy Day in Tallahassee

  •  Big Bend Science Symposium

  •  ”What’s In A Name?”

Follow the link below for a downloadable PDF!

Archaeological State Park visitors ask questions about the Crystal River site.


Developments for new interpretive signage for the Crystal River Archaeological State Park (CRASP) has been moving forward with help from FPAN, Florida Humanities Council, The Friends of Crystal River State Parks, Inc., and University of South Florida Department of Anthropology. On behalf of the Crystal River Archaeological State Park – Dr. Tom Pluckhahn, CRASP researcher and professor of archaeology at USF, was awarded a Florida Humanities Council “Mini Grant” for the project. With matching funding coming from The Friends of Crystal River State Parks, we are moving step-by-step on development for new and much needed interpretive panels at the park. Talented FPAN staff has been working on designing the new signage to help improve public understanding and appreciation of Native American history generally, and specifically for the Crystal River archaeological site. New signage will be placed at the entrance and throughout the park to aid visitors in understanding this unique prehistoric site.

In hopes of gaining park visitor input about what they would like to see in the new signage, FPAN staff rolled out brown newsprint inside the CRASP museum, set out some markers, and asked, “what questions to you have about the Crystal River archaeological site?” After about a week the newsprint tablecloth was covered with questions, comments, and children’s drawings. Over the weeks to come, we hope to address many of the questions and comments folks jotted down in the museum. “Why did they build houses on the mounds?” “Where did the people go?” and “When will new signage be installed?” These were just a couple of the questions folks asked during their visit to the park.

I encourage everyone to follow FPAN Central’s Facebook and Instagram  pages for the Q&A about the Crystal River Archaeological State Park. Please feel free to send any additional questions to our Facebook page. This is a great opportunity to open a dialogue about the archaeological park, and we hope to enhance the visitor’s experience with new, dynamic, and well-designed signage.




FPAN CRC Fall 2016 Newsletter

fall2016page_1FPAN Central – Fall Newsletter is up for you to peruse!

Get your good articles about all the happenings in the FPAN Central Region here! Hot fresh Central Region articles here!

Lots of good stuff in this newsletter publication. Including: Heritage Monitoring Scouts, Trouble from Hurricane Hermine, History Bike Gainesville V, and much much more! Check in out!

Follow the link below for a downloadable PDF of the Central Region Fall Newsletter -

FPAN Central – Summer 2016 Newsletter

FPAN Central Summer Newsletter is up for you to peruse! 


Get your good articles about all the happenings in the FPAN Central Region here! Hot fresh articles about FPAN’s Central Region, here! We have Crystal River Summer Camp here! History Bike Gainesville here! We have FAS Recap here, Florida Archaeology Month Poster Wins here! and much much more!

Follow the link below for a downloadable PDF of the Central Region Summer Newsletter -

USF field school tackles Sifting for Technology

digginThe Sifting for Technology program existed at the Crystal River Archaeological State Park for more than a decade, providing an introduction to students of all ages to the methods of archaeological excavation. Originally created from dredge spoil, dug from an adjacent boat slip, the pile of heavily mixed modern and prehistoric material was shaped to resemble midden Mound H. Much of the archaeological material found within the spoil pile might have originated from Mound A after it was partially bulldozed and spread to provide a foundation for a trailer park, or was displaced by other, modern land altering operations on the property. Its original context has been long destroyed.

Last year, after recommendations from FPAN archaeologists and Gulf Archaeological Research Institute (GARI), a local non-profit archaeological research center, we suspended the long-running program over multiple concerns including general confusion by park visitors about the education area. For the past year the mound has been untouched and continued to confuse park visitors.

This past week, Dr. Tom Pluckhahn, professor of archaeology at University of South Florida, brought a group of undergraduate and graduate students up to the Crystal River site to begin an archaeological field school to start fully excavating the spoil pile formerly known as the Sifting for Technology Educational Area. Dr. Pluckhahn began the Crystal River Early Village Archaeological Project (CREVAP) in 2011 as a three year National Science Foundation research grant. Though the Sifting for Technology project doesn’t fall under CREVAP – the information gleaned will certainly add to the wealth of knowledge about the site. screenin

Working with the Florida Park Service, FPAN helped acquire a 1A-32 Archaeological Research Permit for the field school and excavations from the Division of Historical Resources. FPAN’s participation in the field school is limited to assisting Dr. Pluckhahn and students and providing logistical help with tools, park access, and lots of cold water…it’s summertime in Florida as we know. Following completion of the field school, FPAN Central will begin a monthly, volunteer archaeology lab program to continue the excavations until we have worked through the spoil pile. Be sure to stay tuned to our Facebook page ( for more information about how you can participate.

Estuary Exploration! Science Discovery Summer Camp!


Estuary Exploration! A Science Discovery Summer Camp


July 11 – 15, 2016 (8:30 am – 2:30 pm)

Ages 8 – 11

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis: $80.00/camper. Limited space available.

*After-camp care is available from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm for an additional fee ($20.00)

The Friends of Crystal River State Parks, Inc. in partnership with the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN), Florida Park Service, Florida Coastal Office, Crystal River Boat Builders,  is offering exciting new archaeology and biology summer camps at Crystal River Preserve State Park designed for students who are interested in applying archaeology and biology to explore the Parks within Crystal River. All camp activities are conducted by professional archaeologists and biologists, including educators from FPAN, and allow kids to experience archaeology and biology first-hand through activities, experiments, and hikes! 

How to Register

Exploration Point – River’s Edge Summer Camp

Complete registration and liability release forms are provided on the next page. Return via U.S. Postal Service along with a check or money order made out to “Friends of Crystal River State Parks, Inc. for the appropriate amount. Once the completed paperwork and payment have been received, we will provide a confirmation email along with other important information. Please pay by cash or check. Credit cards can not be accepted.


Mailing Address

Crystal River Preserve State Park Office Attn: Summer Camp 3266 N. Sailboat Ave. Crystal River, FL 34428

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation requests must be received in writing or email and be postmarked no later than June 17th, 2016. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after that date. A $25.00 cancellation fee will be charged for all processed refunds.

For more information, or to register, please contact:

Questions or concerns? Email at or call 352.228.6032

FPAN Central ~ Winter Newsletter 2016

Winter2016_Page_1The FPAN Central, Winter Newsletter is out! 

Lots of great articles for you to peruse! Wide ranging topics including an article by Jeff Moates, FPAN Regional Director, about the proposed “Citizen Archaeology” permit, House Bill 803 and Senate Bill 1054.

Other topics include

FPAN/FCO Partnership

History Bike Gainesville III Recap

Florida Archaeology Month

Please CLICK HERE to read the newsletter

FPAN Central Fall Newsletter!

Our fall newsletter is hot off the presses for folks to check out! Lots of good stuff in this edition!


     - Crystal River Archaeological State Park – Self-Guided Tour Flipbook
- Docent tours at Crystal River Archaeological State Park
- CRASP Museum has a new display
- History Bike Gainesville II
- Moon Over the Mounds
- Digging Up Dishes: Char-Grilled Gulf Oysters! Yum!

    Click Here For the FPAN Central Fall Newsletter!

FPAN Central ~ 2015 Summer Newsletter!

 FPAN Central Region, 2015 Summer Newsletter link is below. Lots of good stuff in this edition!

  July2015_Newsletter_final_Page_1 - Summer Camp Recap
- CRC – In Focus: Summer Happenings
- History Bike Gainesville! 
- Etna Turpentine Camp!
- New Volunteer Coordinator at CRPSP
- Recipes: Pan Seared Scallops

Follow the link below for the Newsletter!

Click Here for FPAN Central 2015 Summer Newsletter