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Wickliffe Mounds: Hands on History Saturdays

  • Wickliffe Mounds: Hands on History Saturdays


Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site
94 Green Street
Wickliffe, KY 42087

May 26 to September1, 2018 – Hands-on-History Saturdays

Every Saturday from Memorial to Labor Day weekend, at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site will feature family friendly hands-on activities and interactive experiences related to archaeology, Mississippian Native American culture and the natural environment of the park.  A different activity will be demonstrated by park staff for visitors of all ages, kids to seniors, and includes several make and take home items: Games, Pottery, Baskets, Bow & Arrows, Bundle Bags, Gourds, Nature and more.

Each Saturday will be something different, so call ahead, visit our website or Facebook page, to find out what activity will occur along with specific details.  Programs are included with paid museum admission of $5 adults, $4 kids & seniors, and are subject to change based on weather or unforeseen circumstances.  Some programs may require an additional materials fee or may be longer than two hours. 

For more information, call the park office at 270-335-3681 or email  or view our Facebook page at



 Saturday May 26–Games from the Past     Kick-off the summer with the Native American game of Stickball.  Suitable for all ages, can be played by individuals or teams.  Other games include Hoop N Darts, corn hole, and ring toss. 

 Saturday June 2 - Trail Walk and Talk     Guided leisurely walk on the Woods Walk Trail and talk with park staff about the natural environment while clearing the trail of sticks, litter, and vines.  Then learn about animal tracks with an interactive activity for kids.  Leave No Trace ethics will be presented. 

 Saturday June 9–River Through Time     The Mississippi River is a very important natural resource for residents of this area, past and present. Learn about geology and ecosystem of the river, it’s importance to Mississippian Native American culture and how it has changed through time with a hands-on demonstration of a river stream table. 

 Saturday June 16–Dig It! Archaeology For Kids     Mock excavation and artifact identification activity for children ages 5 to 12.  Limit 10 children per excavation so there will be 2 sessions of this program:  10:00-10:45 and 11:00-11:45.

 Saturday June 23–Native American Storytelling    Native American stories will be brought to life with this fun program featuring children’s author, Geraldine Marshall.  Program is inside Welcome Center.   

 Saturday June 30 - Primitive Technology    Try your skills with primitive technology, geared for youths, but available for all ages. 

 Saturday July 7- Gorget Necklaces   Gorgets are a Native American artifact made like a pendant worn around the neck, decorated with symbols and beads. Learn about the different symbols made by Native People of the Mississippian culture and make your own wooden gorget necklace to take home.  Great program for kids ages 4 and up.  $1.00 materials fee. 

 Saturday July 14–Basket Weaving Workshop   Skilled basket weaver, Mary Greer, will be teaching basket weaving for beginners in the Welcome Center from 10:00 to 3:00 pm.  Registration required. $15 fee.  All materials provided.  

 Saturday July 21–Birds of Wickliffe Mounds     Different types of birds, water fowl, raptors and song birds are part of the park’s habitat.  Many bird images are found in the artifacts of the Mississippian Native American culture at the site.   Learn about the birds of Wickliffe Mounds and paint your own bird house to take home. Program is suitable for ages 8 and up.  $3.00 materials fee.

 Saturday July 28–Bundle Bags     Visitors to the park will learn about Native American bundle bags and make a bundle bag to take home. For ages 8 and up.  $2.00 materials fee.

 Saturday August 4–Natural Tie Dye   Learn how to make natural dyes from plants and create a tie dyed bandana with your own creative colors.  Additional fee of $2 for this make and take home class, for all the family to do together.

 Saturday August 11 – Pottery    Discover how Native Americans of the Mississippian culture made pottery.  Make and take home a pinch pot.   Program for ages 5 and up.  $1.00 material fee.                                  

 Saturday August 18–Corn Shuck Dolls and Action Figures    Native Americans and early pioneers made toys from corn shucks (husks). Make and take your own corn shuck doll.  Not into dolls? That’s ok! Make your own action figure—Corn Man or Corn Woman! Program for ages 5 to adult. $1.00 material fee.   

Saturday August 25–Gourd Art    Program discusses the importance of gourds to Native American Mississippian culture and beautiful gourd art that be created from them. Make and take your own gourd bowl with paint and natural materials.  For ages 12 to adult. $3.00 materials fee. 

 Saturday September 1–Hunting     Topic is Native American hunting with a demonstration of spears, atlatls and blow guns.  Learn how they were made and used, and try them out for yourself.   

Carla Hildebrand
94 Green Street,
Wickliffe, KY 42087
Phone: 270-335-3681
Jun 30, 2018  /  10:00 am - 3:00 pm