Fort Ancient


Fort Ancient

6123 St. Rt. 350
Oregonia, Ohio 45054
513–932–4421 or
Fax 513-932-4843


10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon–5:00 p.m.
*Closed Monday–Friday, except by appointment


$7.00 Adults
$6.00 Seniors (60+)
$6.00 Students (6–17)
Children under 6 and members are free.

Outdoor admission (no Museum access)
Members are always Free!

Managed on behalf of the Ohio History Connection

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Educational Programs

Educational Programs

Childrens tourFort Ancient provides an ideal location to study Ohio prehistory, and currently offers programs to help students explore American Indian history, heritage and culture, as well as understand principles of archaeology and anthropology. Each program is designed to complement classroom and home school curriculum guidelines and Ohio Academic Testing standards.

For most tours, groups should allow 45 minutes to 1 hour (grades K – 2) and 2 hours (grades 3+). Please note that parents/chaperones will be asked to assist students with scavenger hunts through the museum, where applicable. Some programs may vary, based on the weather; alternative programs will be made available in cases of inclement weather.

Summer Camps

Geology Camp for Grown-Ups

NOTICE: These camp sessions have been CANCELLED.

Questions or concerns? Please call 513.932.4421.

 June 11-15
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Member Cost: $159/week | $35/day
Non-Member Cost: $169/week | $38/day

Want to know more about what's happening* at Geology Camp for Grown-Ups? Read on for a glimpse into what we have planned for each day!

Day #1 - Monday, June 11 - Rocks Talk!
General intro to basic geological concepts of time scale; what does a geologist do?; rock & soil types from the area; describe geological evidence of Hopewell trade (or Sphere of Interaction) in North America; describe the origin, location and importance of flint; Harold Elam, a local flint knapping expert will give a flint knapping discussion & demonstration; followed by an atlatl demonstration.

Day #2 - Tuesday, June 12 - Good Times with Fossils!
Intro to the Upper Ordovician fossils of SW Ohio (invited guest speaker from the Dry Dredgers fossil collecting club in Cincinnati); highlight the work of the early geologists in southwest Ohio; we will have a variety of fossil examples for the campers to look at with their eye - hand lens - binocular microscope; discuss how the Hopewell people used limestone & shale at Fort Ancient; scheduled afternoon field trip to nearby Caesar Creek State Park to collect fossils at the spillway cut.

Day #3 - Wednesday, June 13 - Glaciers Were Cool in Ohio!
Introduction to Glaciers; evidence for glaciers in Ohio; David Dyer, Curator of Natural History from the Ohio History Connection will give presentation on "Ice Age Animal Life in Ohio”; Ice Age mammal fossil display; scheduled afternoon field trip to see a large glacial boulder (‘erratic’) and other glacial landforms nearby Fort Ancient; discuss benefits of glaciers to Ohio but especially to the Hopewell and Fort Ancient people and to the campers themselves!

Day #4 - Thursday, June 14 - Let’s Build Fort Ancient!
Spend morning hiking Fort Ancient and discussing the origins, uses, construction and preservation of the earthworks at Fort Ancient; review geophysical technology utilized to find and discover the Moorehead Circle; use afternoon classroom time to build a scale model of Fort Ancient’ earthworks.

Day #5 - Friday, June 15 - Sustainability: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow!
Jack Blosser (Fort Ancient Manager) to give a ‘Yesterday’ view of sustainability practices by the Hopewell at Fort Ancient (visit the ‘prehistoric’ garden area); invited guest from the University of Dayton Hanley Sustainability Institute to discuss and share sustainability issues we face ‘Today' & ‘Tomorrow' and what can we learn from the Hopewell and Fort Ancient people; Do a wrap up about what ‘we' learned this week.

*schedule subject to change

About the Instructor

A retired petroleum geologist executive who spent 36 years in the oil and gas business with assignments in U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa and South America, Todd was born and raised in Kings Mills, Ohio, and earned a B.S. in Geology from Ohio University and a M.S. Geology from the University of Cincinnati.  A member of the Dry Dredgers, a local fossil collecting club affiliated with UC, as well as a member of the Dayton Society of Natural History, Todd was also a Boy Scout leader for many years and was very involved in STEM educational activities in Texas and Oklahoma. He didn’t realize until college that he lived near some of the best fossil beds, some of the best glacial geology deposits, and some the best archeological sites found anywhere in the world!

Tours, Workshops and Programs

Childrens tourFor larger groups (over 60) a maximum of 6 parents or chaperones will be asked to assist students with scavenger hunts through the museum. It is best if parent helpers can arrive 40 minutes early for proper training. For grades 4 through 12 and groups larger than 20, the students will arrive for an orientation to Ohio Valley prehistory. After the orientation the group will be divided into two separate groups. One group (A) will be divided into three separate groups and go through each of the three areas of the museum and rotate positions every 12 minutes with scavenger hunts with the parent helpers. The second group (B) will then be divided into three groups and participate in three specific activities; spear throwing, double ball and hands on area in the classroom, with parent helpers. After 36 minutes the groups will switch places. The students in the exhibit area would then have their turn doing the hands on activities and the children doing the hands on activities would then go through the museum.

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