The following workshops, training classes, and seminars are offered by FPAN. Contact your local FPAN Regional Office to inquire about dates, schedules, and registration procedures.
Destination Archaeology! Resource Center Geo-Trail (Geocaching) A "geo-trail" is a series of caches tied together by a common topic or theme. Discover your Florida history through museums and archaeological sites open to the public in the DARC Geo-Trail. FPAN has hidden geocaches at participating sites across Northwest Florida to form a geo-trail called DARC Geo-Trail. All the sites on this geo-trail are connected to Florida archaeology and are featured in the Road Trip Through Florida Archaeology exhibit at the Destination Archaeology! Resource Center in Pensacola, FL.
Teacher In-Service Workshop: Because archaeology is a multi-disciplinary science, teachers can use the lure of the past to engage students in math, science, language arts, fine arts, and critical thinking. FPAN archaeologists provide archaeology-themed in-service workshops for K-12 teachers in all subjects. Schedules range from half-day to multi-day, and include both lecture instruction and hands-on activities that teachers can easily adapt for their classrooms. Teachers receive workbooks, lesson plans, and CDs containing PowerPoint presentations and PDF documents of additional material.
Ranger Workshop Many park rangers and land managers come from an environmental or wildlife ecology background, and yet still are required to manage cultural resources located on their property. This one-day training is designed to assist rangers and park personnel in the identification, protection, and effective management of historical and archaeological resources. Attendees receive a workbook filled with information and additional contacts, as well as hands-on practice in filling out archaeological site forms and tips on providing interpretive information about their sites for visitors.
Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar (HADS) The Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar is intended to explain the advantages of conserving shipwrecks and other submerged cultural resources, not only to preserve information about our collective past, but also to preserve the vibrant ecosystems that grow around shipwrecks. HADS focuses on providing scuba training agency Course Directors, Instructor Trainers, and Instructors with a greater knowledge of how to proactively protect shipwrecks, artificial reefs, and other underwater cultural sites as part of the marine environment. HADS consists of one day of classroom instruction and one day of open water diving; participants receive the HADS workbook and a CD with all PowerPoint presentations to use in their own classes. Upon completion of HADS, participants can teach the new Heritage Awareness Specialty Course, approved by PADI, NAUI, and SSI, as well as incorporate underwater historic preservation into other courses.
HADS Participants say: "I would like to extend my thanks to Jeff, Irina and all the other FPAN staff who put together a highly organized and interesting program. For me, the transformation of shipwrecks into artificial reefs was most enlightening and well reinforced by our dives on the Brick Wreck and Mystery Wreck. Comparing and contrasting the two sites really brought home what it is you are trying to accomplish in terms of preservation and protection. My only regret is that the seminar itself wasn't longer!"
(Contact Dr Della Scott-Ireton, email@example.com, for information on HADS. HADS is taught in partnership with the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research)
Submerged Sites Education and Archaeological Stewardship (SSEAS) This program is intended to train sport divers in the methods of non-disturbance archaeological recording and then give these trained divers a mission. SSEAS is accredited as a Part 1: Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology course through the Nautical Archaeology Society (http://www.nauticalarchaeologysociety.org/training/part1.php)
Forest Resources Environmental Policy Special Sites Workshop Professional foresters and logging company personnel frequently come into contact with cultural resources, or “special sites.” This one-day workshop helps forestry professional identify historical and archaeological resources they are likely to encounter in the course of their work, including Native American sites, cemeteries, industrial sites, and sites submerged in rivers and streams. Information also includes what to do if a site is found; laws governing sites on federal, state, and county lands; and how to proactively protect cultural sites.
Boy Scout Archaeology Merit Badge Clinic One of the most exciting merit badges a Boy Scout can earn is in archaeology! Over the required 8 hours with professional archaeologists, Boy Scouts learn about archaeological science, artifacts and conservation, experimental archaeology, and site preservation. With the exception of the research project which the Scout can finish after the clinic, all other requirements toward the Archaeology Merit Badge are completed.
Historical & Archaeological Resources Training (HART) Designed for county and municipal governmental administrators, land managers, and planners, this interesting and informative one-day seminar describes archaeological and historical resources, how best to manage these resources, and methods for promoting the resources for the benefit of counties, cities, and towns. Topics covered include archaeological and historic preservation law, the role of the Florida Division of Historical Resources, nominating sites to the National Register and designating as a State Archaeological Landmark, incorporating and promoting public access to historic sites and structures, and economic impacts of historic preservation.
(Taught in partnership with the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research)
Cemetery Workshop Historic cemeteries are direct links to our past, providing information for genealogists and researchers, serving as places for reflection, and contributing to a community’s sense of place. One-day workshops help descendant organizations and agencies responsible for management of historic cemeteries to record gravesites, properly clean headstones, and develop strategies for protection and on-going stewardship. Participants receive a workbook with information and instructions, as well as hands-on experience with cleaning and recording.
Human Remains and the Law This course focuses on Florida and national laws regulating the discovery of human remains and the management of Native American Remains within museum collections. Geared toward land managers, this course provides guidance as to how to deal with inadvertent discoveries of human remains; managing marked and unmarked cemeteries; a brief overview of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA); and how to address issues of Native American remains within collections. This course is approximately four hours in length.
The Florida Public Archaeology Network is dedicated to the protection of cultural resources, both on land and underwater, and to involving the public in the study of their past. Regional centers around Florida serve as clearinghouses for information, institutions for learning and training, and headquarters for public participation in archaeology.