Special Events

Junior archeologists learn from a park ranger at Junior Archeology Day!
Kids will get their hands dirty, learn about archeology and earn a Junior Archeologist Badge at Junior Archeology Day!  Scroll down to learn how you can sign your child up for this popular program.

NPS/Tom Engberg

The park hosts special events throughout the year. This page features annually recurring events at the park that include lectures on cultural and natural resources, commemoration events, and special activities for children. Unless otherwise noted, programs are fee 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 visit the event's web page that is listed or Contact Us. If any event requires pre-registration it will be noted in the program description with instructions on how to pre-register.

Park Calendar

View the detailed Park Calendar of Events where you can search for events based on date ranges, descriptions or keywords.

Scroll down to see the park's annually recurring programs and events.


 

Annually Occurring Park Events:

 
A woman standing behind a podium and in front of a digital display speaks to seated visitors.
Laura Murphy address visitors during the 2013 Harness Lecture Series

NPS / Tom Engberg

Robert L. Harness Summer Lecture Series

Date: Tuesdays in June & July
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Mound City Group visitor center

For complete details on each of the programs for this year's series, please visit the Summer Lecture Series web page.

Join us and celebrate the return of the Robert L. Harness Summer Lecture Series! Whether you are a professional archeologist, or just interested in archeology the lecture series has something for everyone. Learn from experts in the many fields of archeology. Speakers and titles vary from year to year and always include visiting researchers conducting excavations in and around Ross County. This is your chance to ask questions and gain knowledge about many topics, including those pertaining to the Hopewell culture.

2018 Lecture Series Speakers:

  • June 12th: “Vikings, Villains, and Vitrified Forts: The Archeology of Spruce Hill” – Bret J. Ruby
  • June 19th: “Between Foragers and Samurai: Violence in Late Prehistoric Japan” – Brian D. Padgett
  • June 26th: “The Maize Transition in Ohio: Agriculture and Cuisine at the Guard and Turpin Sites” – Andrew Weiland
  • July 10th: “Arctic Hearths: Ancient Alaskan Firewood Selection” – Laura Crawford
  • July 17th: “Archaeology to the Rescue? The Superpowers of Community-Based Archeological Youth Programs” – Cailey Mullins
  • July 24th: “Why So Many Shapes?: Explorations of the Steel and Junction Group Sites” – Timothy Everhart

For complete details on each of the programs for this year's series, please visit the Summer Lecture Series web page.


 
Yoga participants @ Mound City Group
Visitors participating in a Yoga class at Mound City Group.

NPS / Susan Knisley

Free Yoga in the Park!

Dates: Saturdays in June & July
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Mound City Group Visitor Center

Please Note: Two additional special Yoga programs will also be offered throughout the summer, in addition to our regular Saturday classes. For complete information visit the park's Yoga program web page.

Join us at the Mound City Group visitor center on Saturday's in June & July for free yoga with a certified yoga therapist. All fitness levels welcome! Classes last approximately 60 minutes.

Yoga in the Park supports the National Park Service's "Healthy Parks, Healthy People" initiative. For complete information about the regular Saturday Yoga program and the two special Yoga programs, please visit the park's Yoga program web page or call the the park at (740) 774-1126.


 
Art supplies Arts Afire
Art supplies await the next round of students

NPS / Susan Knisley

Arts Afire - Mound City Summer Art Program

Experience Your National Park Through Art!

Dates and Times: June 13th, 20th, 27th, July 11th, 18th & 25th
Location: Mound City Group visitor center
Times: Two different class session times:
- 9:30 am - 11:30 am -- Students who have finished grades K - 2
- 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm -- Student who have finished grades 3 - 6

For complete information, please visit the park's Art in the Park web page.

Join us at Mound City Group in July for our annual summer art program. Throughout the program students will learn about famous artists, art styles, and art techniques, all while making connections to history and nature.

This year, art teacher Maryjo Flamm-Miller will be on hand to lead students through fun-filled art classes.

Please call one week in advance to make reservations. Do not email your reservation. You must call the park at 740-774-1126 to reserve a spot for your child.

All supplies will be provided. Admission is free! Please call one week in advance to make reservations at 740-774-1126.

Please Note: Students must be accompanied by an adult during the entire program. Students are not required to attend every session. Sign-up for a program according to the age of your child.


 
prehistoric paddle
A kayaker takes in Copperas Mountain in the background during the ranger-guided canoe/kayak tour.

NPS / Brandi Nunnelee

Prehistoric Paddle on Paint Creek

Dates: Unfortunately, the 2018 season has been CANCELLED - please visit the Canoe/Kayak Page for additional information
Time: TBD
Location: Meet @ Water's Edge Canoe Livery
Fees: Canoe/Kayak rental or shuttle bus fees apply *

During the summer, you can join a Park Ranger from Hopewell Culture National Historical Park for a guided paddle on Paint Creek! The tour is approximately 6 miles and will last from 3 hours to 5 hours, ending at the beautiful Copperas Mountain, where boaters will be picked up and shuttled back to Water's Edge Canoe Livery. A short hike to the central mound of Seip Earthworks is included in this tour.

Experienced paddlers only. This tour is not for beginners. For complete tour information, *visit the park's Canoe/Kayak Page for rental & shuttle bus fees info, dates and contact information.


 
Earn our Junior Archeology badge during one of our Junior Archeology Day events!

Junior Archeology

Date: TBD
Time: Ages 5 - 8, TBD
Ages 9 - 12, TBD
Location: Mound City Group visitor center

The 2018 Jr. Archeologist programs are still being scheduled. Please check back soon for the 2018 class dates.

The Junior Archeologist program is an opportunity for children to learn about the archeology at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park and have fun at the same time! Children are invited to participate in this event. Children will complete several hands-on activities, including a mock dig, to earn a Junior Archeologist badge!

ATTENTION Parents and/or Guardians: you will be required to stay with your children during the entire program. Space is limited. Call and reserve a spot for your child. *Please keep in mind that this is not a drop-in activity.*

We are unable to take emailed reservations, please call the park at (740) 774-1126 to reserve a class date and time for your child.


 
Carved pumpkins line the sidewalk leading to mounds
The sidewalk into Mound City Group lined with carved pumpkins from a previous Pumpkin Walk event.

NPS / Tom Engberg

The Great Pumpkin Walk

Date: October 2018, date TBD / TBA
Pumpkin Carving: TBD
Pumpkin Walk: TBD

Illuminate Mound City Group
with your carved pumpkin!

Pumpkins are provided free, and yours to take home after the walk. Groups larger than 5 people should call and reserve a spot. All carved pumpkins will be displayed throughout the grounds of Mound City Group that evening. The park will re-open sometime after 5pm for a public viewing of these carved creations, illuminating the ancient monuments of the Hopewell! Pumpkins are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

PLEASE NOTE: Guests must bring their own carving tools.


 
Camp cpnstruction
Camp Sherman under construction, summer of 1917

Photo courtesy of the Ohio History Connection

Remembering Camp Sherman:

A Commemoration of Chillicothe's Contribution to World War I


Date: November, week of Veteran's Day
Time: During regular visitor center hours, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Location: Mound City Group visitor center auditorium

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park invites the public to Remembering Camp Sherman, a special exhibit in honor of Veterans Day.

Remembering Camp Sherman showcases World War I memorabilia and historic footage from Camp Sherman, where 120,000 soldiers trained from 1917 until the camp's decommissioning in 1921. Camp Sherman was one of 16 regional training centers established by the United States government during WWI and the third largest in the country.

Join us to honor veterans and commemorate Chillicothe's contribution to WWI through this special exhibit. The exhibit is on display at the Mound City Group visitor center auditorium, located approximately two miles north of U.S. Route 35 on State Route 104.

Visit the Camp Sherman page to learn more about Ohio's WWI soldier factory.


Last updated: June 4, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

16062 State Route 104
Chillicothe, OH 45601

Phone:

(740) 774-1126

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