Kids get to try out ancient hunting technology in our Atlatl Antics school program.

FPAN can help facilitate speakers for meetings of your civic group, community organization, youth club, or heritage society, and for lecture series and special events.

Most presentations last about 30-45 minutes with additional time for questions, although programs usually can be tailored for your needs. Specific topics are dependent on speaker availability, so book early! There is no charge for presentations, although donations are gratefully accepted to support FPAN educational programs.

Presentation topics are divided into two sections:

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Youth Programs

We have a wide variety of programming especially designed to educate kids about archaeology as well as Florida’s rich past. Whether for a classroom presentation, homeschool group, library event, school science night, or other group event we can tailor our programming to your interests and age level. Below are just a few examples of our youth programs:


Archaeology Works: How Old Is It?

In this presentation you'll get to learn about a few of the ways archaeologists date artifacts and discover how they can help us learn about people who have lived in Florida throughout time!

Archaeology Works: Materials Science

Explore ancient artifacts from stone tools to pottery under a microscope just like an archaeologist! You'll get to see what aspects of these materials we, as archaeologists, focus on to get information about past technologies, and what aspects of Native American life we can learn about by studying the materials people left behind.

Dive into Archaeology

Archaeologists don’t just work on land; they also try to learn about past people through the things they left behind underwater! In this fun and educational program, kids learn about the basics of archaeology as well as some of Florida’s important shipwrecks.

Discover Prehistoric Florida

People have lived throughout Florida for thousands of years, but the only way we know about them is through archaeology and the clues they left behind. Learn what it was like to live in prehistoric Florida long ago, complete with real artifacts and replicas of tools that ancient Floridians would have used to survive.

Atlatl Antics (for schools only)

Learn about how hunting technology changed through time in prehistoric Florida, as well as how archaeologists study these changes. In this program kids get an introduction to archaeology and the chance to try a prehistoric hunting tool, the atlatl, for themselves.

Presentations for Adults

Archaeologists from the FPAN West Central office have a wide variety of interests and expertise to share with your group. Below are just a few examples of presentations we can provide. If you have another topic related to Florida archaeology you would like to hear about please contact us. We’re coming up with new presentation ideas all the time!


Intro to Archaeology: Bringing the Past to the Present

What do archaeologists do, exactly? Learn about the science of archaeology, its role as part of the field of anthropology, where archaeologists work, and how they discover and protect our cultural heritage. Appropriate for all ages, this fun and informative show sets the stage for understanding how archaeology preserves our past for the present and future.

Tracing the First Floridians, the Paleoindians

Exciting research by archaeologists across Florida is shedding light on some of our state's earliest residents: the Paleoindians. This talk will explore what we know about Florida's first residents, as well as how archaeology can inform us about this little understood part of our past.

Cemetery Transcription and Headstone Cleaning

Learn best practices for recording and cleaning historic grave markers in this introduction to cemetery preservation and maintenance.

Using Historical Maps in your Genealogy Research

This talk covers the ways different historical maps such as Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, Plat maps, and Coastal Survey maps can be used in your research, as well as the many digital and paper sources for these maps, how to locate the map you need, and the possible information about your ancestors it might contain.

People and the Night Sky

For Native Floridians, the night sky was very important for navigational, religious, and historical reasons. Over time, the sky has changed and so has the way people relate to it. Learn about how astronomical and cultural changes have affected the importance of the night sky to people today.

The Past Contained: Florida's Prehistoric Pottery Tradition

Pottery was an important part of Native American culture and has also become a valuable artifact for archaeologists today. In this presentation learn all about the Native American process for making pottery, how and why they used it, and what information archaeologists can get from studying these small pieces of the past.

Crystal River: Culture and History

The Crystal River site was once a sprawling ceremonial center, attracting people from great distances. This complex of burial and temple mounds is one of the longest continually occupied sites in Florida. Though the Native Americans who lived there are now long gone, their impressive earthen architecture remains. The mound complex attracted early archaeologists who discovered beautifully decorated pottery, shell, and copper artifacts. The remarkable earthen structures and artifacts earned the Crystal River site a place among the most famous archaeological sites in Florida. Although the site is well known there is still much to learn about the people who once thrived on the bountiful Crystal River.

The First Thanksgiving in Florida: St Augustine, 1565

This family friendly presentation discusses the first contact between European explorers and Native Americans in what is now Florida, as well as the real story of the first Thanksgiving in St. Augustine.

Prehistoric Pottery and the Crystal River Site

The Crystal River site was once a sprawling ceremonial center with impressive earthen architecture. Though the earthworks are still visible today there is still much to learn about the people who created them and the artifacts they contain. In this presentation learn about the Crystal River mound complex and recent findings on the site's pottery collection.

Tampa Bay Shipwrecks of the Civil War

The maritime battles of the Civil War employed a greater diversity of ships than any previous sustained naval action. This presentation illustrates this aspect and highlights a few examples of Civil War-related shipwrecks in the Tampa Bay area.

The Oldest Shipwrecks of the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are rife with remains of shipwrecks and maritime disasters. This presentation explores several that you can visit today, including the vessel remains of the famous 1733 Spanish Plate fleet disaster.

Florida's Shipwreck Preserves: Living Maritime Heritage You Can Visit

Clues to Florida’s maritime history are scattered along the state’s coasts, bays, and rivers in the form of shipwrecks relating to waterborne exploration, commerce, and warfare. This lecture features Florida’s Museums in the Sea, historic shipwrecks that have been interpreted for divers and snorkelers as a way to educate citizens and visitors about the real treasure of Florida’s shipwrecks – their history.