School Programs

Please contact the Director of Education at 410-586-8504 or email julie.hall@maryland.gov if you would like more information or to schedule a program.




School student learning to make a cedar shingle in the Colonial Lifeways school program offered at JPPM.Discovering Archaeology

Experience how archaeology helps unravel the mysteries of the past in this interactive learning program. Students will visit a mock archeological site to discover artifacts and our recreated Indian Village to learn what they can tell us about Maryland’s early inhabitants.   5th through 8th grades; Max. 60 participants; 3 hours.

Native American Lifeways

Native peoples were living in the Chesapeake Bay region for over 9,000 years before the European colonists arrived. Explore the rich culture Maryland’s first inhabitants created from their woodland environment. Students begin by examining historical drawings, artifacts, and replica tools. In addition they will grind corn using a stone mortar and pestle, create a clay pot, and learn to make string from natural plant fibers.  Pre-K through 5th grade; Max 30 participants; 1-2 hours.

Colonial Lifeways

The Europeans that settled in the Chesapeake Bay region during the 17th century had to learn many new skills to survive. Explore how 17th century Maryland colonists adapted to their new home. Students begin by examining historical drawings, artifacts, and replicas. In addition they will grind corn using a wooden mortar and pestle, learn how to start a fire using flint and steel, and make a cedar shingle using a beadle and froe.   Pre-K through 5th  grade; Max 30 participants; 1-2 hours.

School kids learning about archaeology at Discovering Archaeology school program offered by JPPM>Tidewater Lifeways

European colonists and American Indians lived side by side in 17th century Maryland. Explore how each culture used the natural resources of the rich woodland environment as you grind corn with a mortar and pestle, make a clay pot and try to strike a spark the 17th century way. 3rd through 5th grades; Max 50 participants; 2 hours.

Chespax

Chespax is an environmental education program designed for grades K through 7 in Calvert County Public Schools.  JPPM offers Discovering Archaeology to sixth grade students, as part of their Chespax experience.

Kids’ Work - New!

Kids’ Work is our newest program designed for upper elementary children. The program focuses on the lives of African American children after the Civil War. Based on artifacts found from the Sukeek’s Cabin site here on JPPM property and oral histories, the program explores the evidence for what we know and leads children through a series of hands-on activities that each gives a glimpse into daily life at that time.

Outreach

All on-site programming is available as outreach during our closed-season (November through March). Please contact Julie Hall at 410-586-8504 or email julie.hall@maryland.gov, if you would like more information or to schedule a program.