Dig into Reading! Public Library Collaborative Summer Reading Program

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As the kids are finishing up school and the summer heat starts to set in, parents everywhere are trying to find fun and educational summer entertainment for their kids. Well, have no worries and look no further! Every summer the  public library system hosts a summer reading program and this year’s theme is “Dig into Reading”. As you can imagine FPAN staff across Florida are very excited and very busy partnering with libraries all over the state to offer public archaeology programs at public libraries in their regions. The North Central Regional Center is no exception. We have been working with libraries all across our region to schedule various youth programs. All of our activities will have a hands-on component and will be geared towards educating the kids on what exactly it is that archaeologists do and why it is so important to protect our state’s cultural and archaeological resources. Some of the activities we have schedules include chocolate chip cookie excavations, ancient graffiti, peanut butter and jelly archaeology, atlatl antics and so much more! For a complete schedule of all our summer programs you can check out our events page. If you are a program coordinator at a library outside of Florida, you can visit our website and check out all of FPAN’s resources available to you at no cost. Now here is the kicker! We are so busy with summer programs that there are ample volunteer opportunities for those wanting to help out and learn all about archaeology in the process. We are looking for a few good folks to help us with these programs. If you enjoy working with children, are a reliable volunteer, don’t mind talking to large groups and are looking for something fun to do this summer, then contact Barbara Hines at bhines@uwf.edu. We will work with your schedule and will be offering training so that you are comfortable  conducting all the fun activities we have planned for this summer. Whether you want to volunteer or you know of some children looking for some summer fun, we hope you will take full advantage of the opportunities that this summer reading program provides. For a reading list, multimedia resources and much more you can visit this website as well. So take a break from the summer heat and visit your local library!

Mark Your Calendars Now: October 20th is National Archaeology Day!

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National Archaeology Day is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery. Every October the AIA and archaeological organizations across the United States, Canada, and abroad present archaeological programs and activities for people of all ages and interests. This year it will take place on Saturday, October 20th. These programs, on National Archaeology Day, provide the chance  for the public to interact with archaeologists and learn about their local history and prehistory. In the North Central Region there will be several events. FPAN and the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research will have an educational booth at the St. Marks Stone Crab Festival that will include hands-on activities for children and adults and will be providing free information on history and archaeology in the region. Also, the Southeast Archaeological Center/National Park Service will have a family-friendly event at Lake Jackson Mounds State  Archaeological Park in Tallahassee.

Bring a picnic lunch, and learn about Archaeology by joining the Southeast Archeological Center and the Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida State Parks in celebrating National Archaeology Day! The Southeast Archeological Center (SEAC) is proud to be co-hosting National Archaeology Day events at Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park in conjunction with Florida State Parks, on Saturday, Oct. 20. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the park which is located at 3600 Indian Mounds Road, Tallahassee. The event will include activities for children and adults. A park admission fee of $3.00 per car applies.
Kid activities include Native American pottery making, archaeological mapping, an on-site archaeology lab, and spear throwing. Speakers include Dr. David Morgan, director of SEAC, and Joe Knetsch, Tallahassee-based historian, and others. Other booths and activities include Native American brass plate demonstrations, tours of the Florida State Parks central museum collection facility, artifact identification, Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, US Forest Service and more. Additionally, Florida State Parks staff including archaeological and biological professionals will be on-hand to discuss interpretation and management of the site. Speakers will begin at 10:30 a.m. and tours will begin at 11:00 a.m.

National Archaeology Day on October 20 is sure to be a fun-filled day, with something for everyone this year! So head down to St. Marks for some delicious stone crab and archaeological fun, or pack a picnic and head to Lake Jackson Mounds to try your hand at the atlatl spear thrower! Hey, why not do both?!?! So mark your calendar now, because you won’t want to miss it!



Beat the Summertime Blues!: FPAN and the Girl Scouts Team Up for Another Archaeology Summer Camp!

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As you may recall, last summer FPAN worked with the Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle to offer a week-long archaeology summer camp at Camp for All Seasons in Tallahassee. The girls had a chance to experience what  it is like to be an archaeologist and learned about Florida’s very unique past. Well, it was such a success, that it is being offered again this summer. This session, called “Scouting the Past” will be offered from June 10 through 15.  During the course of this session the campers will meet all the requirements for the Scribe, Geocacher and Playing the Past awards. The camp is geared towards girls in the 4th and 5th grades.

Camp for All Seasons is situated on Lake Talquin. The camp also has a swimming pool, beautiful rustic lodge, cabins, and other wonderful facilities. In addition to archaeology activities, the girls will have time for swimming, arts and crafts, canoeing and other amazing activities. It is going to be a fun-filled week, I can assure you! Last year the campers had an opportunity to learn about and try their hand at throwing darts with an atlatl. The atlatl, also known as a spear thrower, is a very early tool that was used to hunt. They also had the opportunity to try their hand at creating coil pots and decorating them the same way that Native Americans in this area did. This year we are planning on incorporating even more amazing activities into the week. It is going to be a blast! The cost for this week-long summer camp is $300, and includes all activities and meals. For more information interested parents can visit www.gscfp.org to download the camp brochure. You can also contact Carmen Murray, Camp Director, at cmurray@gscfp.org for information on how to register. As a life-long girl scout and past camp counselor at Camp for All Seasons I personally cannot wait for this summer! Camp for All Seasons has provided me with so many wonderful memories, and I know that this summer will provide me and the campers with many more!