Homeschool Open House

Date & Time
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village 401 Meadowcroft Road
Avella PA, 15312
Ticketing $7 per person, $5 for members, free for kids 5 and under

Homeschool students are invited to experience Meadowcroft’s educational offerings on May 3.

During the Homeschool Open House, students and their families can experience Meadowcroft’s outdoor exhibits and engaging educational programming while exploring the cultural changes of the region from prehistory to the 19th century.

Discover what rural life was like in the upper Ohio Valley with a visit to Meadowcroft’s 19th century village. Families can visit historic houses, a blacksmith’s shop, a one room schoolhouse, dip a candle, and learn what life was like before modern conveniences.

Step further back in time by visiting the recreated 16th century Monongahela Indian Village where students can learn about the complex relationship between nature and man during a program emphasizing our area’s late prehistoric agriculturalists. Examine the natural resources and products made from plants and animals in the area, and try using an atlatl, a prehistoric spear thrower.

Tours of the Rockshelter will also be available throughout the day. During a lecture-based presentation, students will learn about the hunter-gatherer lifestyles of the people that camped here over its 19,000-year history. As part of the tour, homeschoolers will also learn about the science of archaeology and how evidence recovered at the site impacted North American peopling theory.


The Homeschool Open House is intended for homeschool students and their families to experience Meadowcroft’s field trip programming. The cost is $7 per person, $5 for members, and free for kids 5 and under. General admission tickets will not be sold; any individual arriving onsite who is not visiting with a homeschool student will be denied entry.

Reservations are recommended, but not required, for this event. The site will be operating educational programming between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm; pick the exhibits that suit your curriculum. We suggest planning to spend about 3 hours to see the whole of Meadowcroft. Come for a visit to take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience the development of our region!

Homeschool families please note: Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village is an outdoor facility, so make sure to dress for the weather! There is no food service on site, however picnic tables are available for your use.