National Archeology Month Events for Sams House in Pine Island
Take advantage of some comfortable outdoor weather and explore the upcoming events planned for Sams House in Merritt Island. This popular naturalist destination in Brevard County provides visitors the chance to not only appreciate nature, but learn a little while they are at it.
The following article is provided by Brevard County’s Parks and Recreation department and gives an outline of the March events.
|Sams House at Pine Island holds month-long Celebration of ArchaeologyBREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Throughout the month of March, Sams House at Pine Island presents a series of free programs in recognition of National Archaeology Month.
“Little Pioneers” Homeschool Program – Thursday, March 7, and Friday, March 22, 10 a.m. to noon: Discover pioneer life in this fun, hands-on program for homeschoolers ages 5 to 12. Students will explore the 1875 Sams cabin, engage in pioneer “chores,” learn the historical uses of plants, and go on a nature hike. Reservations required by calling (321) 449-4720.
Forensic Anthropology: How the Dead Died – Friday, March 8, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Florida Public Archeology Network East Central Region Director, Rachel Wentz, will explain how forensic anthropology helps solve crimes and determine “cause of death” through the analysis of human skeletal remains.
Taste of the Wild – Prehistoric Native Floridian Foodways – Saturday, March 9, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: This presentation by Indian River Anthropological Society President Elaine Williams will focus on the food of prehistoric native peoples of Florida, how these foods were obtained, and how they were prepared. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample native foods such as hickory nuts, yaupon tea, smoked fish, and more!
Florida History Expedition – Saturday, March 16, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Perfect for elementary school-aged children and their families. We’ll travel back in time to Florida’s beginnings, sift for Ice Age fossils, learn how to throw a spear, and discover what pioneer life was like. Reservations required by calling (321) 449-4720.
From Ice Age Megafauna to Ancient Peoples of Pine Island – Saturday, March 23, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Did you know that mastodons and giant ground sloths once called Pine Island home? See a presentation on Ice Age Megafauna and then take a short walk to the Indian Burial Mound on site where we’ll discuss the ancient people who lived here.
Orienteering/Scavenger Hunt – Saturday, March 30, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Back by popular demand! Use a map and compass to find hidden objects on this family-fun adventure. Reservations required by calling (321) 449-4720.
John Sams was a citrus grower, businessman, and the first Superintendent of Brevard County Schools. The Sams House is at 6195 North Tropical Trail in Merritt Island, a half-mile west of State Road 3. It is open Thursdays to Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours of the 1875 cabin and 1888 house are given every Thursday at 3 p.m. For more information, call (321) 449-4720.