Great Sand Dunes Archaeology Camps

Funding Archaeology Camps for Underserved Youth

NPF partnered with the Haas Fund to send disadvantaged children to archaeology camp.

A five-day Junior Archaeologist Camp cosponsored with the Haas Fund included three fields studies at Fort Garland and Great Sand Dunes, one day exploring collections at Great Sand Dunes, digitally exploring collections at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, and one day for presentations to parents and park staff.

At the camp, local youth learned the discipline of archeology, studying how it can provide meaning and insight to history and culture. With hands-on activities and conducting fieldwork alongside archaeologists, students walked away understanding the various applications of archeology. Program graduates have an instilled awareness for the need to protect and preserve archeological sites.