For the standard $0.50 charge, you may choose from:

  • Animal Extinction Activity—Discover how it feels to hunt and depend upon animals that are rapidly disappearing. ½-1 hour, all ages
  • Totem Animals—A good craft for younger children, we make a necklace and learn how important animals were to local native people. ½ hour, all ages
  • Track Matching—A simple game in which children try to match the tracks of animals with their pictures. ½ hour, all ages
  • Track Identification Booklets—Make a booklet to help you identify animal footprints. ½ hour, ages 7+
  • Woodland Housing—Make a wigwam out of paper, or a Northwest plank house using paper and craft sticks. ½-1 hour, ages 6+
  • Rubbing Plates—Our rubbing plates make beautiful designs on paper. ½ hour, ages 4+ 
  • Story Time—Listen to some traditional Indian stories and see what you can learn from them. ½ hour, all ages
  • Lunar Calendar—The native of the Northeastern Woodlands used nature to mark the passing of time. Learn the Miami names for the months and seasons. ½-1 hour, ages 6+
  • Trail of Death Hike—How does it fee to be a Potawatomi Indian who is being removed from Indiana to Kansas? Will you make it? Will your friends? We hike around the park and imagine how they felt when they left Indiana. ½-1 hour, ages 8+
  • Tribal Extinction Activity—We take a look at tribes who no longer exist or whose numbers are greatly depleted. ½-1 hour, ages 8+
  • Coup Sticks--Warriors will admire your courage when you show them your coup stick.  1 hour, ages 6+
  • Scavenger Hunt--Look around the museum and see how many things you can find.  1/2 hour, all ages

For an additional charge of $1.00 per child, you may choose from:

  • Clay Pots—Make a handy bowl or pot to put your treasures in. ½ hour, ages 4+

For an additional charge of $2.00 per child, you may choose from:

  • Exotic Bead Necklace—Make a necklace of beautiful trade beads. ½-1 hour, ages 6+
  • Felt Pouches—Make your own pouch to carry on a hunting expedition. ½-1 hour, ages 8+
  • Mandala—A small version of the warrior’s shield, the mandala will protect you during battle. 1 hour, ages 8+
  • Picture Writing—The people of the Great Plains told stories by painting on animal skins. 1 hour, ages 6+
  • Tribal Choker—Learn about warriors of the Plains while making your own choker. 1 hour, ages 6+

We also offer guided tours, scavenger hunts, and info quests for visiting groups. The scavenger hunts are appropriate for kindergarten through third grade, while the info quests are geared toward third grade and older. We can tailor programs to a particular region or tribe if requested.

  • “Walk Throughs” (where museum staff is present, but the group is on their own) are free.

Please call us at 812-877-6007 to plan your group’s program. We reserve the right to limit the number of participants. Our fax number is 812-877-0307.

Curator, Jane Creedon