Department of Parks
Family Fun Archaeology Day at Wickliffe Mounds
WICKLIFFE, Ky. – Family-friendly, hands-on activities related to archaeology, prehistoric technology and park history will be presented at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site during its annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors can walk around the mounds, take a tour of the archaeological museum and experience what life was like for the Mississippian people. Explore the wildlife and flora on the Woods Walk Trail. Try your skills with Native American tools such as pump drills, blow gun, spears and atlatls.
Make your own pottery creation and necklace at the crafts table. Play Native American games. Watch and learn how stone tools are crafted by flint-knapping and how bows and arrows are made. Discover the techniques of archaeology with displays of artifact analysis, survey and grids, a simulated excavation box, and free educational materials for kids. Try grinding corn with stone tools at the Mississippian foods display.
Ballard County’s Healthy New Direction Coalition, in cooperation with Ballard County Cooperative Extension, will have a healthy snacks exhibit.
Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for kids, for the site and museum and includes access to the event and activities. Groups of 10 or more may call the park office for discount rates.
Wickliffe Mounds is an archaeological site of a Native American village of the Mississippian culture. The park features a museum, mounds, walking trail, picnic area, visitor center with tourism information and a gift shop. Open Wednesday through Sunday. The park is located along the Mississippi river’s Great River Road National Scenic Byway at 94 Green St., Highway 51-60-62, Wickliffe, Ky. For more information call 270-335-3681, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.parks.ky.gov.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 50 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov