Over a hot and humid two days at the end of the school year, the Timucuan Preserve’s Kingsley Plantation staff and the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) presented a teacher workshop. This workshop introduced the National Park Service’s first collaboration with Project Archaeology, a Bureau of Land Management and Montana State University partnership aimed at fostering archaeological inquiry. The curriculum, <em>Project Archaeology: Investigating a Tabby Slave Cabin</em> was developed by local Teacher-Ranger-Teachers with help from archaeologists at the University of Florida, FPAN, and park rangers.
Teachers from a four-county area, representing diverse populations from urban, rural, public, and private schools, completed a reverse excavation, held mock debates, and toured the slave cabin sites that inspired the curriculum.
“This is Florida’s first Project Archaeology curriculum and hopefully the beginning of even more relationships with local teachers, " Resource Education Chief Brian Loadholtz told educators. "We want to do whatever we can to bring National Parks into the class room.”
The park will host a facilitator training on July 6th and 7th to instruct others in how to host their own teacher workshop.