Through hands-on educational programs and outdoor exhibits, students can examine life in the upper Ohio Valley and explore the cultural changes of Western Pennsylvania from prehistory to the 19th century.
- In the 19th-century village, families can visit historic houses, a blacksmith’s shop, and a one-room schoolhouse while learning what life was like before modern conveniences.
- In the recreated 16th-century Indian Village, students can delve into the complex relationship between nature and man during a program emphasizing the region’s late prehistoric agriculturalists, the Monongahela culture, and the products made from plants and animals. While there, they can also try their hand at using an atlatl, a prehistoric spear thrower.
- Tours of the Meadowcroft Rockshelter will also be available throughout the day. During the tours, students will learn about the hunter-gatherer lifestyles of the people who camped here over its 19,000-year history, the science of archaeology, and how evidence recovered at the site affected North American peopling theory.