The park hosts special events throughout the year. This page features annual events at the park that include lectures on cultural and natural resources, commemoration events, and special activities for children. All programs are free and are open to visitors and groups of all ages. If you have any questions or would like more information than what is listed below, please call (740)774-1126.
Park Calendar of Events
Annual Park Events:
Hot Chocolate Bird Walk - Rescheduled
Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014
Our Hot Chocolate Bird Walk has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 8
This event is part of the National Audubon Society's Great Backyard Bird Count in which thousands of people across the US and Canada count and learn about the birds wintering in their communities. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome. This fun and educational event is free to the public.
Paricipants will take a short hike on easy and level terrain. However, winter weather conditions may cause snow and ice on the trail. Following the hike we will warm up with hot chocolate and bird feeding crafts, such as pine cone feeders and DIY suet cakes. If you have binoculars and bird guides bring them with you. A limited amount of binoculars will be available for loan and free Ohio bird guides will be given out. Date from the count will be sent to the Audobon Society and will help scientists gain a better understanding of the distribution and abundance of birds.If you have questions or need more information about the event, please call the park at 740-774-1126. For more information regarding the Great Backyard Bird Count, visit the event's website at
National History Day in Ohio
Date: Saturday, March 22nd
National History Day in Ohio is a year-long program where students choose a topic, tied to an annual theme, and create historical papers, dramatic performances, creative documentaries, museum-like exhibits and websites. Students first participate in a district level contest, where they compete for the opportunity to move on to the state level contest on Ohio History Day. The Ohio History Day state level contest is in the Ohio Union at The Ohio State University. Students in grades 6-12 will compete to earn scholarships, special awards and ultimately a chance to represent Ohio at the national event.
"Rights and Responsibilities"
This year's theme for the 2014 competition is "Rights and Responsibilities." District competitions run throughout March in the state of Ohio. The District 9 event will be on Saturday March, 22nd at Bennett Hall, Ohio University - Chillicothe. For complete District 9 competition information including registration forms and important deadline dates, click here to be taken to the event page.
Great American Cleanup
Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Volunteers are needed for a joint cleanup event at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park and the Tri-County Triangle Trail. This is part of the Great American Cleanup, held across the USA every spring. This, the nation's largest annual community improvement program, aims to beautify trails, roadsides, and other public places.
Junior Ranger Day and National Park Week 2014
April 19 through April 27
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park will join national parks throughout the country in celebrating National Park Week!
The Robert L. Harness Lecture Series
Date: Thursdays in June & July
The 2013 lecture series was a resounding success and we would like to thank all lecturers and all who attended for making it such a success. Please check back soon as we will announce the 2014 schedule after April.
Summer Solstice Celebration
Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014
Junior Archeology Days
Dates: April 19, June 7, 18, 25, July 16, 26, 30, and August 16
Prehistoric Paddle on Paint Creek
Date: Thursdays June: 5, 12, 19, 26 July: 10, 17, 24, 31 August: 7, 14, 21, 28
During the summer, you can join a Park Ranger from Hopewell Culture National Historical Park for a guided paddle on Paint Creek!
Boaters begin the journey at Water's Edge Canoe Livery. You may bring your own boat or rent a Kayak or Canoe from the livery. From Water's Edge Canoe Livery boaters are shuttled to just north of Seip Earthwork to the shores of Paint Creek where the program begins. The tour is approximately 8 miles and will last from 3 hours to 5 hours, ending at Jones Levee bridge where boaters will be picked up and shuttled back to Water's Edge Canoe Livery. Boaters also have the option to paddle on 11 miles to Water's Edge Canoe Livery. Things to bring along: Sack Lunch, Water, Sunscreen and Bugspray
For more information, click here to visit the park page with dates and contact information.
Arts Afire - Mound City Summer Art Program
Hopewell Discovery Day
Hopewell Discovery Day is a free day of activities dedicated to learning about the science of archeology and understanding the Hopewell Culture.
Activities and Events include:
OHS History to Go Van
Archeology Collections Building
Activities are still being planned, so check back regularly to see what will be available on the day of the event. And remember, admission is always free!
Click here for directions to the Mound City Group visitor center. Hopewell Culture National Historical Park is open year-round, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year's Day. The visitor center at Mound City Group is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm daily.
Remembering Camp Sherman:
"Camp Sherman: In Retrospect" is an audiotape and slide show presentation that was first produced in 1982 from oral history interviews that were recorded with 16 individuals who had direct experience with America's third-largest Army training base during World War I. The National Park Service production was recently converted into a digital format for new generations of viewers and listeners. The program lasts about 42 minutes and will be screened regularly on a large dedicated computer monitor throughout the event. A separate computer will be made available for visitors who wish to search a database for records of relatives who may have served at the military base. Camp Sherman artifacts and film footage will be on display each day.
Did You Know?
William Mills documented the presence of 49 enclosures and 370 mounds in Ross County in his book entitled "Archaeological Atlas of Ohio," published in 1914.