Jeffers Petroglyphs

Jeffers Petroglyphs is home to roughly 5,000 sacred rock carvings made by the ancestors of today’s Native Americans. Programs incorporate history, anthropology, archaeology, and biology, connecting students with those who traveled our continent in ancient times.

All field trips include a video orientation, atlatl program, prairie walk, and tour of the carvings. Teachers choose one of the following lessons. Optional activities are also available.

Field Trip Options

Exploring Culture Through Picture Writing

Students learn about life on the prairie through hands-on exploration of items that Native Americans used in daily life and packed on a travois (drag sled) for travel. Students also discover how Native Americans kept track of history by recording symbols on hides called “winter counts.”

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Cost: $6 per student


7,000 years of Native American History

Students work in teams exploring cultural items from the four major time periods (Paleo-Indian, Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian). The program ends with a game in which the teams compete against each other by answering questions correctly about how the people lived and survived for thousands of years.

Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Cost: $6 per student