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Aztalan State Park Field Trip
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm$45.00 – $60.00
Aztalan State Park is one of the oldest and most important archeological sites in Wisconsin.
It is a designated National Historic Landmark as it commemorates an ancient Middle – Mississippian culture and village. A once-mysterious settlement, it is believed indigenous people, or Native Americans, dwelt here for over 100 years, starting around 1050 A.D. Tom Finley, Director of Education, will guide us on an exploration of the park’s history.
The park was opened to the public in 1952 and now covers 172 acres along the Crawfish River in Jefferson County, including forested and agricultural land. Remnant conical mounds (two of an originally estimated 40), are on the site as well as a reconstructed protective stockade. What happened to these ancient people? Modern researchers and cultural experts are still actively investigating the answer. Expect to hike approximately two miles over moderate terrain as we explore these unique features. We will also watch for migrating birds.
In addition to Aztalan, we will make a stop at nearby Riverfront Park in Jefferson. This city park sits at the confluence of the Crawfish and Rock rivers.
The field trip begins at Aztalan State Park and ends at Riverfront Park in Jefferson, Wisconsin. In order to maintain social distancing, you will need to provide your own transportation. Vault toilets will be open. More specific details and directions will be emailed to registered participants prior to the trip. A vehicle admission sticker is required.
This program will take place entirely outdoors. Please read our current mask policy before participation.
Members: $45 | Non-Members: $60