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Plan Your School Visit

The LAW Steering Committee reserves the Friday program from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm EST for school groups to attend the 2024 event. Attendance by school groups on Friday requires pre-registration as space is limited. 

Our goal is to provide educators and students with an extended learning environment integrating with the core curriculum. In an outdoor setting, Native and Pioneer cultures are brought to life by expert demonstrators and tradition bearers. Students engage with past lifeways and technologies, connect past to present, and learn about the importance of protecting archaeological sites and other irreplaceable cultural resources that represent their own heritage and inform our story.

Target Audience: Fifth Grade

Target Counties: Bath, Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Menifee, Morgan, Powell, Rowan, and Wolfe. School groups in these target counties around Red River Gorge have priority registration. Groups from outside the target counties are welcome to attend, pending space. Following this tiered system, we accept registrations on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached.

Curriculum Alignment: Cultures & Societies, SS-05-2.11 and SS-05-2.31 (Kentucky Department of Education, Core Content for Social Studies Assessment, Elementary Version 4.1, August 2006).

Students and teachers touring the Living Archaelogy Weekend event venue

Fees: There is no charge for admission to the event; however, a $1.00 donation per student is encouraged if possible. For schools desiring to contribute by check, please make checks payable to KyOPA and write "Living Archaeology Weekend 2024" in the memo. Donation receipts are provided and invoices are available by request.

Scholarship: With the support of our sponsors, in 2024 we will again offer a transportation scholarship opportunity for school groups attending the event on Friday. Funding requests up to $600 may include transportation-related expenses only, such as busses and drivers, fuel, and vehicle rental.


Deadlines: The deadline to submit a reservation request, as well as an optional scholarship application, is Fri, Aug 30, 2024 (or until capacity is reached or funds are exhausted).


LAW 2024 School Group Registration Request

Deadline to submit a registration request is Aug 30, 2024 (or until capacity is reached)

School registration requests for LAW 2024 closed on August 30. Those who do not get registered for the Friday program are welcome to attend the event on Saturday, when the event is open to the public and pre-registration is not required.

Thanks for submitting your school registration request. We will follow-up with you by email.


School Transportation Scholarship Application

Deadline to submit an application is Aug 30, 2024 (or until funds are exhausted)

The window to submit applications for LAW 2024 transportation scholarships closed on August 30. Applicants will be notified by September 3.

Thanks for submitting your scholarship application. We will follow-up with you by email.


Hey educators, want special resources to help in preparing your students for the event? Visit our Before You Go page to see highlighted content, lessons, and online materials that we recommend for teachers and students to watch, read, do, or review before you go! These are special selections from among our vast array of educational support content, intended to provide background about the place, the time periods, and the technologies and lifeways featured at the LAW event.


School Busses at LAW event

Only pre-registered schools will be admitted on Friday. Please be considerate of other schools – arrive at your scheduled time. Late arrivals may be held and miss out on activities.

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