Our Programming


Our programming is led by our highly-trained museum staff and is designed to be hands-on and fun! We have a wide variety of programs that we offer in house, in the classroom, and in the field. We are always excited to develop new content customized to your interests and needs. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or ideas!

3 locations:

JHHSM Educators conduct programming at JHHSM locations, in the classroom, and in the field.

On Campus:

The core of our programming is based out of the Mercill Archaeological Center on Mercill Avenue in downtown Jackson, Wyoming where we offer classes and activities focused on Native American and homesteader archaeology and culture. The M.A.C. features three rooms; the ‘Archaeology Room’, the ‘Trading Post’, and the ‘Living off the Land Room’. Our archaeology room features a large mock archaeological dig, a microscope lab, stratigraphy wall, and animal bone lab. The trading post is packed full of fur-trapper, Oregon Trail, and homesteader artifacts. The Living off the Land Room features a 12 foot Shoshone style tipi, petroglyph wall, mining exhibit, and an animal/plant resources exhibit. Together, the three rooms and multiple activity stations at the M.A.C. provide a comprehensive view of archaeological practice and the history and natural history of Jackson Hole. Programs that engage students directly with our exhibits are held both in the Cissy Patterson (225 N. Cache) and Indians of the Greater Yellowstone (105 Glenwood St.) Galleries. At the current time the Indians of the Greater Yellowstone museum is only open for programming from May-November.


Classroom Visits:

Learning to 'Read the Artifacts'-reconstructing stories of the past based on artifacts and context

Learning to ‘Read the Artifacts’-reconstructing stories of the past based on artifacts and context

In addition to in-house programming at the Mercill Archaeology Center, many of our classes can be brought into your classroom or facility. Our programs are multidisciplinary and can be integrated into almost any curriculum. Classroom visits can be stand-alone or part of an ongoing course that progressively builds upon a topic. If you are interested in having us visit your class, please feel free to contact us regarding any of our set programs, or to build a custom course.

Field Programs:

Matt Stirn showing students the intact fire hearth found 40cm below the surface at the Linn Site

Matt Stirn showing students the intact fire hearth found 40cm below the surface at the Linn Site

We are convinced that getting your hands dirty and experiencing the thrill of discovery firsthand is the best way to learn. We are excited to offer a variety of field-based programs including local discovery walks around town and our one-of-a-kind Outdoor Archaeology Classroom. Our community-based archaeology programs are designed to immerse students and volunteers in real archaeological excavation, or, take educational tours or archaeological sites near Jackson Hole. Visiting and working on real archaeological sites can foster a strong sense of appreciation for Jackson Hole and its past.  We are constantly working on a variety of research projects in the Greater Yellowstone area so please contact us regarding field-based learning possibilities. Depending on our most current project and the time of year, group sizes may be limited.


Outdoor Archaeology Classroom:

The Linn Site, a 10,000 year old Native American campsite located on private land, is the JHHSM’s Community Archaeology Project and main Outdoor Archaeology Classroom. By participating in active archaeological research under the supervision of professional archaeologists students, volunteers, and summer-campers have the opportunity to learn first-hand about local history while contributing to our existing understanding of the landscape. Groups interested in visiting and volunteering at the Linn Site are encouraged to visit the Mercill Archaeology Center and get a basic understanding of archaeological concepts and techniques beforehand. The goals of the Linn Site Community Archaeology Project are to provide a real-world application to subjects that are taught in school. Our hope is to foster a sense of appreciation for local history and landscape in order to create community-wide stewardship for archaeology, history, and environment.

Dual Immersion Programs: Spanish-English

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Lessons We Offer