School Groups

Serpent Mound offers schools a special opportunity to learn more about the American Indian cultures that have existed in southern Ohio for thousands of years, as well as learn about the native forest ecosystem that richly supported these cultures.

To Schedule Your Field Trip

To schedule your field trip please click here. We do not have indoor facilities, so field trips should be scheduled during warmer months only.

Cost of Field Trip

There is a parking fee of $8/vehicle if students partake in our gift shop. If students do not visit our gift shop a fee of $50/bus will be charged.

Maximum Size Served

The maximum group size is 90. A teacher or chaperone must be present with each group at all times.

Frequently Asked Questions

School groups can request an educational program given by Serpent Mound’s staff and trained volunteers, or opt to explore the park on their own. Bathrooms with flush toilets are available at the parking lot along with drinking fountains. The picnic shelter can be reserved for your school group’s lunch without extra charge, and can seat 200 children. The park has an interesting gift shop where children can purchase memorabilia, books, jewelry, replica artifacts and snacks and water.

Recommended Schedule

Depending on the time frame of your visit, most groups participate in 2 – 3 classes with a break for lunch in the shelter house.

Education Programs Offered

Educational Mound Tour Your group will be led around the Serpent Mound by a guide and given the historical facts and discuss the construction of the giant effigy.
Atlatl Target Practice – Students are given the opportunity to throw a rubber tipped spear using an Atlatl.  Safety is discussed in detail with each group.
Nature Hike – Experience our .5 mile nature trail with a guide, focusing on natural resources and how natives lived off the land.
American Indian Games – This is a very hands-on experience for the students to become acquainted with the activities that were common to Native American children, and were skill building exercises.

  •  Corn tossA skill game wherein students toss a corn cob affixed with a turkey feather through a woven ring target.
  • Double ball – An active game of hand/eye coordination using full body movement and play.
  • Chungke – A spear throwing game played by Stone Age  people to teach about the movements of the sun as it rises and sets at the horizon.