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

Call 1-800-752-2757, or email serpentmound@arcofappalachia.org. A minimum of one month’s notice is requested to help ensure enough time to schedule staff and volunteers for your event. 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. There is no additional cost for our onsite education program, as long as the students are allowed to visit our gift shop.

Maximum Size Served

75 children (three groups of 25 children with one or two adult chaperons for each group). With teacher participation, slightly larger groups may be possible. Please inquire.

Frequently Asked Questions

School groups can request an educational program given by Serpent Mound’s staff and trained volunteers, or opt to provide their own program as desired. Bathrooms with flush toilets are available at the parking lot. Water is available at the bathrooms. Picnic tables are scattered through the park. The picnic shelter can be reserved for your school group’s lunch without extra charge, and can seat 100 children. There are no food concessions at the park. The park has an interesting gift shop where children can opt to purchase memorabilia, books, and crafts.

Recommended Schedule

Arrive at 10:00 am Morning Activities 10:15-11:30 am (2 activities) Lunch from 11:30 to noon Afternoon Activities from 12:15 – 1:30 (2 activities)

Education Programs Offered

Educational Mound Tour A guided walking tour around Serpent Mound. Learn what cultures lived here, how Serpent Mound was constructed. Climb a two story tower to get a “birds-eye view” of the effigy. Learn about the impact Crater and its affects on local geography.
Native American 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.

  •  Atlatl Throwing – Students are taught how to properly throw a spear using a tool handle called an Atlatl. Safety guidelines are of utmost importance to use and this is discussed in detail with each group!!!
  • Corn tossA hand/eye coordination developing game where children are tossing a corn cob affixed with a feather, through a ringed target.
  • Double bag – A skill game of endurance and accuracy. This involves lots of movement and upper body coordination. Very competitive and a lot of fun!
    (NOTE: In increment weather, we do offer variances of simple games that can be played under our shelter house. IE: Predator and prey- a sensory game, and for younger children we have a egg guarding game)

Native American Music Culture – Introduction to Native drumming along with explanation and exploration of most instruments. We talk about native culture, heartbeat of the drum, ceremonial dances. The students get to play different instruments, and learn simple dances that Native Americans conducted.
Nature Hike – Students are led along a ½ mile nature trail on site, and introduced to some basic ideals and biodiversity, tree identification, living from the land, wildlife habitat investigation.
Artifacts – Real Native American artifacts will be discussed with your group, as students get to pass and inspect pump drills, fire bows, spear points, and many more! We discuss in great detail as to the Native culture, creativity, hunting, farming, cooking, tools, and how the Adena natives lived here on site.
Reptile Science – Explore the world of reptiles, and learn why Native Americans valued “Serpents” Children are taught why we should not fear these creatures. This is a hands on activity as well, we have two snakes that are used in this class and the kids can pet and hold them to learn about their characteristics.