Fort Ancient


Fort Ancient

6123 St. Rt. 350
Oregonia, Ohio 45054
513.932.4421 or
Fax 513.932.4843



10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon–5 p.m.
Closed on Mondays




Adult: $7 
Seniors (60+): $6
Students (6–16): $6
Child (5 & under): Free

Ohio History Connection member*: Free

Outdoor Admission Only 


*Members must present their membership card at the registration desk.


Managed by 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

Fort Ancient Family Fossil Camp

Friday, June 28
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
At Caesar’s Creek State Park

Join us for a one-day outdoor adventure that is millions of years in the making! Explore the natural world with geologist Todd Stephenson, as we cover the basics of local fossils in the morning, then spend the afternoon applying our learning in a guided fossil-hunting hunting session.

This program is appropriate for children grades 3+ with an adult (no drop-offs, please!), or for individual adults. Due to the nature of this program, emergency contact information forms must be completed by all participants. Note that this camp will take place at Caesar’s Creek State Park: 8570 OH-73, Waynesville, OH. The group will meet in the Caesar’s Creek Visitor Center promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Participants should plan to wear appropriate clothing; close-toed shoes, long sleeves and pants are recommended. Participants should also bring sunblock, insect repellant, and a sketchbook (recommended). 

Questions? Call 513.932.4421. Schedule subject to change.


Camp Fees

Family Team (includes 1 adult and 1 child):
$70 members | $75 nonmembers

Add-On Child (up to 3 per Family Team):
$25 members | $30 nonmember

Adult Registration (single adult):
$50 members | $55 nonmembers


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.