Institute For American Indian Studies

 
Explore the past and engage with the present at the Institute for American Indian Studies! Our interactive programs are tailored to students, scouts, and homeschoolers of all ages, allowing them to experience Native American life before European contact in our replicated Algonquian village and our indoor longhouse room, before bridging the gap to discuss contemporary Native issues. Each exhibit room introduces a unique focus, such as cultural development over time, efficient use of resources, and the effect Europeans and climate had on Native Americans across the country. 
 
 
Contact Info
Address: 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT 06793. Litchfield County. 
 
Tel: 860-868-0518. 
 
 
Website: www.iaismuseum.org
 
Hrs: Mon.-Sat. 10AM-5PM, Sun. 12PM-5PM (last admission at 4:30PM). 
 
SCHOOLS
Field trips to the Institute for American Indian Studies allow students to learn about and experience Native American culture. During educational programs, students will discuss European-Native American interactions, play Native American musical instruments, and more. Add activities including traditional storytelling, games, or crafts such as beading and clay pottery to your program for a more immersive experience. Archaeological and historical presentations by the institute’s Director of Research and Collections, Dr. Lucianne Lavin, are also available. Learn more about school programs
 
Contact Info
Contact: Education Department, 860-868-0518 ext. 103. 
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades.
 
Group Size: Varies.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities, Performances.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-3 hours.
 
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: Varies.
 
Registration: Online, Phone, Email.
 
Food Options: N/A.
 
Cost: Fee.
 
Accessible To: PD.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies.
Topics Covered: Native Americans, American history, art, crafts, music, culture. 
 
SCOUTS
Programs for Cub, Boy, and Girl Scouts are available at the Institute for American Indian Studies. Scouts can work on Indian Lore and Archaeology badges (archaeology only available from March to November) through activities such as shelter building, mock excavations, and more. Craft activities such as making corn husk dolls, beading, and clay pottery can also be used for Art badges. Scout Days coming soon! Learn more about scout programs
 
Contact Info
Contact: Education Department, 860-868-0518 ext. 103. 
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades.
 
Group Size: Varies.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5-2 hours.
 
Recomm. Ratio of Scouts to Staff: Varies.
 
Registration: Online, Phone, Email.
 
 
Food Options: N/A.
 
Cost: Fee.
 
Accessible To: PD.
 
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies.
Topics Covered: Indian lore, archaeology, Native Americans, American history, art, crafts, music, culture. 
 
HOMESCHOOL
Homeschool groups can participate in the Institute for American Indian Studies’ Native Ingenuity program. The program allows homeschoolers to learn about Native American culture and history while handling replica tools, clothing, and instruments. Activities such as traditional storytelling, games, or crafts such can be added to your field trip experience. Learn more about Native Ingenuity
 
Contact Info
Contact: Education Department, 860-868-0518 ext. 103. 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades.
 
Group Size: Varies.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities, Performances.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-2.5 hours.
 
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: 10:1.
 
Registration: Online, Phone, Email.
 
Food Options: N/A.
 
Cost: Fee.
 
Accessible To: PD.
 
Topics Covered: Native Americans, American history, art, crafts, music, culture. 
 

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Living History Lesson Plan

Two hundred thousand Civil War soldiers were boys no older than 16, and an estimated 300 women were brave enough to disguise themselves as men and fight in the war. The average soldier weighed only 145 pounds due to poor diet, long marches, disease, and tough living, and earned about $15 per month more. ... Continue