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Children’s Programs

OPEN3 Simulated Excavation for Classrooms

The “Old Pueblo Educational Neighborhood” (OPEN3) program allows children and adults to learn what archaeology is all about by excavating in “OPEN3,” a full-scale model of an archaeological site. The OPEN3 site is a “simulated dig” that archaeologists have constructed to resemble a southern Arizona Hohokam Indian village ruin. It has full-size replicas of prehistoric Read more…

Classroom Outreach – “Ancient People of Arizona”

Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s OPENOUT (Old Pueblo Education Neighborhood Outreach) program offers 45 to 60 minute presentations by a professional archaeologist. The “Ancient People of Arizona” presentation is designed to give children an idea of how the ancient Hohokam lived and how some aspects of everyday life have changed and others have stayed the same. Read more…

Classroom Outreach “What is an Archaeologist?”

What is an Archaeologist? This presentation helps people of all ages understand what archaeologists do, including how they interpret discoveries to learn about the homes of people, their food, clothing, fun, games, and ceremonial life. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s OPENOUT (Old Pueblo Education Neighborhood Outreach) program offers 45 to 60 minute presentations by a professional Read more…

Classroom Outreach “Lifestyle of the Hohokam”

“Lifestyle of the Hohokam” is about the archaeological culture that inhabited most of southern Arizona for the 1,000-year period between A.D. 450 and 1450. The Hohokam mastered their Sonoran Desert environment by utilizing its varied plant, animal, and mineral resources and by establishing hundreds of miles of irrigation canals to grow their own food. They Read more…

Site Tours for Classrooms

Old Pueblo Archaeology Center offers guided tours to real archaeological sites for classrooms and other organized children’s groups. Heritage sites that can be visited in this program include a choice of the Picture Rocks petroglyphs site, Los Morteros Hohokam Village, or Vista del Rio Hohokam Village. Picture Rocks Petroglyphs Site. Situated in the Tucson Mountains Read more…

Classroom Scholarships

Old Pueblo Archaeology Center of Tucson, a nonprofit educational resource center, has raised funds to help economically disadvantaged students attend our programs at reduced program rates. To be eligible for an Old Pueblo classroom scholarship, the requesting teacher must first schedule a program with us, then fill out and return an application form. To be Read more…


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