February 24 – March 4, 2018

From February 24 through March 4, Historic Jamestowne will features kids’ activities perfect for home educators. Stop by the Ed Shed to help with “picking & sorting” in search of the tiniest artifacts or to try out pottery mending. Kids can also embark on a scavenger hunt around James Fort. Additional special activities, listed below, will also be offered over the course of the two weeks. And best of all, these activities are included with any Historic Jamestowne admission ticket and children 15 and under are always free!

Daily Programs and Activities

9:00am–4:30pm: The Jamestown Adventure [February 24 – March 4]
Follow clues, puzzles, and activities around Historic Jamestowne to learn more about the archaeology and history of the island. If your adventure is successful, you will earn a reward! Scavenger Hunt booklets can be picked up in the Visitor Center.

11:0am–3:00pm: Hands on the Past! [February 24 – March 2]
The Ed Shed is an interactive space where kids and families can share in the moment of discovery and examine real artifacts found at the site. Enjoy an array of hands-on activities, such as pottery mending or screening for artifacts, to learn more about the importance of archaeology and conservation. At the “sorting and picking” station, lend a hand and help the archaeological team by combing through excavated material to discover the tiniest clues to fort life in the 17th century! Location: The Ed Shed, near the Hunt Shrine

Special Programs and Activities

Monday, February 26, 2018, 11:00am–3:00pm: Conversation with a Colonist: Meet Anas Todkill
Learn firsthand about the trials of the first English settlers and their experiences exploring the Chesapeake from Anas Todkill, one of the settlers who explored the bay with Captain John Smith. Location: Inside the James Fort

Monday, February 26, 2018, 1:00pm–2:00pm & 3:00pm–4:00pm: Looking at a Collection: Gallery Tour
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery educator as they lead you through the archaeological museum, the Archaearium. Learn about the artifacts’ discovery and how each piece helps to tell the Jamestown story. Location: Voorhees Archaearium

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 2:00pm–3:00pm: Ecology at Jamestown: a Nature Tour
Join environmental scientist Kevin McCurley on a nature tour at Historic Jamestowne. He will teach guests how to identify local flora and fauna and how English settlers and Powhatan Indians utilized these resources hundreds of years ago. Location: Tour begins behind the Visitor’s Center

Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 10:00am–12:00pm & 1:00pm-3:00pm: Kids Dig Historic Jamestowne
This “field work” for children will be focused around a simulated archaeology dig. Here, kids will practice digging techniques, participate in screening activities, and develop the knowledge necessary to identify archaeological features, artifacts, and stratigraphy. Location: The Dig Box, near the Obelisk

Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 11:00am–3:00pm: Conversation with a Colonist: Meet Anas Todkill
Learn firsthand about the trials of the first English settlers and their experiences exploring the Chesapeake from Anas Todkill, one of the settlers who explored the bay with Captain John Smith. Location: Inside the James Fort

Thursday, March 1, 2018, 2:00pm–3:00pm: Ecology at Jamestown: a Nature Tour
Join environmental scientist Kevin McCurley on a nature tour at Historic Jamestowne. He will teach guests how to identify local flora and fauna and how English settlers and Powhatan Indians utilized these resources hundreds of years ago. Location: Tour begins behind the Visitor’s Center

Friday, March 2, 2018, 11:00am–3:00pm: Conversation with a Colonist: Meet Anas Todkill
Learn firsthand about the trials of the first English settlers and their experiences exploring the Chesapeake from Anas Todkill, one of the settlers who explored the bay with Captain John Smith. Location: Inside the James Fort

Friday, March 2, 2018, 1:00pm–2:00pm & 3:00pm–4:00pm: Looking at a Collection: Gallery Tour
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery educator as they lead you through the archaeological museum, the Archaearium. Learn about the artifacts’ discovery and how each piece helps to tell the Jamestown story. Location: Voorhees Archaearium

Saturday, March 3, 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm: Archaearium Artifact Adventures
Spend your day at the Jamestown Rediscovery artifact museum. Meet colonists and real archaeologists, participate in hands-on activities, and explore the world of the first permanent colony in the New World. Location: Archaearium