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Contact: Charlie Strickfaden, Chief Ranger, 928-526-1157 x228
Contact: Wupatki Visitor Center, 928-679-2365
WANTED: Junior Archaeologists!
FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA - Have you ever wanted to spend a day as an archeologist? The National Park Service (NPS) and the United States Forest Service (USFS) are looking for students in the 4th through 6th grades to take part in a Junior Archaeologist Day Camp as part of the Flagstaff Festival of Science. The day camps will give students the opportunity to get a hands-on lesson in the science of archaeology on public lands.
The Day Camps will be: Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011: (9 AM - 12 PM) and (1 PM - 4 PM).
While students work with the archeologists, parents will have the opportunity to go on a guided walk to archeological sites nearby. "We wanted the parents and the kids to have a chance to learn together," said Superintendent Diane Chung. "While they're driving home, we want them to be able to talk about what they learned."
All of the activities will take place at an archaeological site located six miles from the Wupatki Visitor Center. Students will work in teams to find, classify, and count artifacts and create a map of the site. NPS and USFS staff will teach Leave No Trace principles and educate families in how to enjoy archaeology on public lands without damaging the fragile cultural and scientific value of those resources.
The day camps are geared towards kids in grades 4-6, and will be offered on Saturday, October 1, 2011. Two sessions will be offered, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Reservations are required as space is limited.
Parents should contact Wupatki National Monument at 928-679-2365 for detailed information and reservations. This is a free event for participants and parents.
Wupatki National Monument is 37 miles north of Flagstaff via Hwy 89, and can be reached at (928)679-2365 and www.nps.gov/wupa. Wupatki National Monument is open daily, except December 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The daily entrance fee is $5.00/person for visitors 16 and over. America the Beautiful, Senior, Access, and Flagstaff Area Monument Passes are honored and sold