Kids Dig Archaeology: K-12 Educational Programs

Our program uses archaeological inquiry to foster understanding of past and present cultures, and enhance science and citizenship education. We offer virtual connections, outreach programs at your location, and field trips to the Center that support current NGSS and HSS content standards.


Virtual & On-Site Field Trips NOW AVAILABLE!




Step into the fascinating field of archaeology! Learn what archaeology actually is, where we work, the variety of tools we use, and how we study the past here and all over the world. Think like an archaeologist – practice critical thinking skills to determine how tools were used in the past.


Did you know that pottery was the first synthetic material made by humans? Learn the history and traditional methods in preparing clay and creating pottery. Then create your own clay pinch pot to decorate and keep. This program works great on its own or as an add-on to ALL ABOUT ARCHAEOLOGY.

Supplies can be provided by the school, or arrangements can be made for pick-up at SDAC or delivery to your school for an additional fee.


Over 30,000 archaeological sites have been discovered in San Diego County. These sites contain the material culture of people who have lived in the region for over 10,000 years! Explore this local history and learn how archaeology is a tool for understanding the past, here and around the world.

Looking for something else… Archaeology lessons can be created for your specific curriculum needs.

Check-out Dr. Arty Fax’s Archy Facts blog for kids, introducing them to the wonderful world of archaeology!

Amazingly knowledgeable staff. Fun experience for our students. Thank you! – Lilly Wageman


We host your group for a memorable and unique learning experience. Field Trips to the Center include up to 4 exciting archaeology programs, lasting about 3 hours with time and space for lunch.

Stephanie held all of the kids’ attention the whole time-had a great feeling for flow of activities, [and] how to speak to kids without dumbing things down or going over their heads. – Jenn Valenti

Sample Field Trip Programs:
Museum Activities: Archaeology Quest through 10,000 years of local history and multiple interactive exhibits such as Shipwreck: Underwater Excavation, Ceramic Reconstruction, and Artifact Junction. Field lab exhibit coming soon!

Experimental Archaeology: Learn about a specific artifact class or feature, then make your own to take home. Examples include pottery, rock art, beads and cordage.

Unit Mapping and Analysis: Students map and record an excavation unit layer while learning how to infer about what activities have taken place, who lived there, and during which time period.

We thought it was a FANTASTIC program! – Stacey Wright

Home School

The Education Department will customize a field trip program to fit the needs of your home school group.  Please contact us to discuss your visit.


For more information, rates and scheduling, please email


We are happy to partner with Arts Bus Xpress who help fund transportation and virtual program costs. For funding your Field Trip Xperience, please visit to apply for a grant today.


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Our interactive programs bring the fascinating world of archaeology to your school or organization. Each program runs 45-60 minutes and can be customized to fit your needs.

The kids loved the ability to touch actual artifacts…This program reinforces social sciences standards, and ties in science as well. Teachers are always looking for quality, hands on experiments for their classes, and this would absolutely qualify. – Jackie Smyers

Outreach Programs Include:

  • All About Archaeology
  • Rock Art Exploration
  • Pottery & Pinch Pots
  • Ancient Investigators
  • 10,000 Years and Counting!
Featured Programs
Artifact Junction

Elementary school students become Jr. Archaeologists in this hands-on program, which provides the rare opportunity to learn from actual artifacts. Using skills of observation and inference, students examine ancient and historic artifacts in order to determine their function and modern-day counterparts. Additional unfamiliar objects will also be presented, and students will be challenged to make identifications using contextual clues, just like a real archaeologist investigating in the field!


In this interactive and intriguing program, Middle and High School students are shown how archaeologists put together the puzzle of the past once an excavation is complete. The multi-disciplinary approach of archaeology is emphasized as students analyze collections of real ancient and historic artifacts in order to identify evidence of activities, inhabitants, time period, and other site characteristics.

Please contact the center for more information or assistance in choosing the right program for your group.

Check-out Dr. Arty Fax’s Archy Facts blog for kids, introducing them to the wonderful world of archaeology!