School group working at the Public Archaeology site at JPPM.Public Programs

Public Archaeology

Help investigate sites on the museum grounds by learning how to excavate and recover artifacts alongside JPPMarchaeologists! Volunteer opportunities in the field and laboratory are available during our Public Archaeology session, May to end of June or beginning of July, every year. Please contact Ed Chaney at 410-586-8554 or to plan your visit.  Click here for a flyer!

Speaker Series - April thru October

JPPM has a series of interesting talks on topics of history and archaeology, on Thursday evenings - click here to see schedule of this years topics.

Summer Camp

Are you looking for something exciting to do this summer?  Explore life in the past by learning the skills that Native Americans and Maryland’s colonists used to survive centuries ago or investigate an archaeology site with JPPM staff. Join us for camp in June and July and a part of August! Click on links below for our registration and camp policy information.

Camp Policies            Camp Registrations

Scout Programs

Visit JPPM for exciting hands-on programs specifically designed for Scout groups!  Join park staff to complete badge or patch requirements in archaeology and Southern Maryland history.  Please note that the scout programs will only be available during the Public Archaeology season which runs from May to June. Programs are available for Brownies, Juniors, Seniors/Cadettes, and Boy Scouts. Contact the Director of Education (, or call Julie Hall at 410-586-8504 to shedule a program for your specific group, or check out our calendar of events for upcoming public scout programs.


Our hands-on workshops range from making baskets from collected plant materials, carving soapstone figures, making a fire without matches, tanning animal hides, making soap or candles, creating a clay pot and firing it in the village, or sewing clothing you could have worn in 1812. Each season offers different opportunities to learn new skills so click here to see what we’re doing this year.  

Workshop being given by Tim Thoman, the Indian Village manager. Seal of Approval from the Home School Resource Directory, click and it will take you to their home page. Looking for something different to do this month? Check out our season’s schedule to see what’s happening in the Village or take a tour of the Park or Patterson House. Help in the Colonial Revival garden or plant corn in the Native American garden. Learn how to use natural dyes or spin yarn from a wool fleece or find out more about the War of 1812. All these and more are possible, so come see what we’re doing this year.