Outreach Programs

Outreach Programs

call the Education Department at (860)868-0518 ext. 103 to schedule an outreach program today!

Although nothing helps reinforce Eastern Woodland Native American concepts quite like a visit to the Institute for American Indian Studies, if your school is unable to make the trip, one of our Outreach Programs may be the next best thing! Have IAIS Educators come to your school or facility and bring the experience right to you, with authentic and replicated artifacts, traditional clothing and furs and visual materials to help students imagine what it was like to like in the Northeastern Woodlands. For groups larger than 30 students, please call for prices.

Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands- K thru 2nd Grades
In this program students will compare the lives of the Eastern Woodland Native American to life in the North East today. Students will examine images of the Eastern Woodlands and compare different artifacts in order to discuss group roles within a village. Through storytelling, students will discover how tradition and moral lessons were passed down through different generations in tribes.

1 hour
In-State: $200 for groups up to 30
Out-Of-State: $225 for groups up to 30
Mileage Rate: $0.55 per mile

Native Life in the Woodlands of Connecticut - 3rd thru 5th Grades
In this program students are introduced to the lives of the Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands. Students will examine and discuss reproductions of artifacts in small groups. They will discuss how the environmental landscape of the North East shaped the Native Americans' daily lives and how they relied on what was around them to survive. Students will also have the opportunity to play a Native American game.

1 1/4 hour
In-State: $200 for groups up to 30
Out-Of-State: $225 for groups up to 30
Mileage Rate: $0.55 per mile

Introduction to Primary Sources
Designed to introduce students to working with primary sources. During the program students will get an overview on evaluating sources and have the opportunity to work with 2 sources; an image and a document.

75 minutes
In-State: $200 for groups up to 30
Out-Of-State: $235 for groups up to 30
Mileage Rate: $0.55 per mile


Archaeological/Historical Presentations
Recommended for High School through Adult levels
Illustrated presentation by noted archaeologist and IAIS' Director of Research and Collections, Dr. Lucianne Lavin. Choose from the following topics focusing on archaeology and/or an intriguing aspect of the history and culture of American Indians both past and present, or historic non-Native persons throughout Connecticut and New England.

1 hour
In-State: $200
Out-Of-State: $225
Mileage Rate: $0.55 per mile