International Archeology Day

Saturday, Oct 15, 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM At Presidio Officers' Club

Experience events that capture the spirit and vitality of the Presidio... past and present.

Activities for this event begin at the Archaeology Field Station across from the Presidio Officersโ€™ Club

On this International Archaeology Day, help Presidio Trust archaeologists celebrate our National Park Service partners on their centennial! Learn about archaeology by visiting the excavations of the old Spanish โ€œEl Presidioโ€ fort. See 200 year-old standing adobe in the Presidio Officersโ€™ Club and join in family fun activities indoors and out. Tours of the Presidio Archaeology Lab will also be offered.

  • Creative Family Fun: For young and aspiring archaeologists โ€“ the chance to craft a Spanish Colonial-style masterpiece in "Scratch Away Ceramics," 11 am โ€“ 4 pm at the Officers' Club
  • Guided Tours: Explore the layers of history inside the Presidio Officers' Club with a guided tour of the El Presidio Archaeology Site and the Presidio Archaeology Lab

Registration is not required.

Other Place that Dig Into the Past

There are many places around the Bay Area offer family-friendly historic and/or archaeological trails and exhibits. 

Ring Mountain Preserve between Corte Madera and Tiburon protects rare wildflowers, an Indian grinding stone and a rock with petroglyphs created by Native Americans. 

Kule Loklo Trail at Point Reyes National Seashore has a replica Miwok Village and Ranger-Guided Tours.

Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin (MAPOM) offers a diverse range of programs with groups such as the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (Coast Miwoks) and the Point Reyes National Seashore promote accurate knowledge of the Coast Miwok Indians, the first people of Marin and southern Sonoma counties.

Marin Museum of the American Indian in Novato's Miwok Park and don't miss their Full Moon Celebrations on October 15.

China Camp State Park occupies an area that was a Coast Miwok hunting ground, the growth of the Chinese fishing village, and the creation of the state park. The museum at China Camp Village helps tell the story of these hardy shrimp fishermen.

Pierce Point Ranch near Tomales Point are a group of buildings nestled within the Tule Elk Preserve. It's one of the oldest ranches on the peninsula which stopped operating in 1973. 

Explorer Days- Paleontology and Geology at New Brighton State Beach is coming up on October 30th with the Bay Area Science Festival.  The rocks forming these dramatic cliffs are part of the the Purisima Formation, which is exposed along the California Coast from Point Reyes to southern Santa Cruz County. You are guaranteed to see fossils of ancient clams, snails, and whales.

Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park in Gilroy boasts a wealth of cultural artifacts including bedrock mortars and petroglyphs left by the Amah Mutsun Tribe who occupied the area for thousands of years prior to arrival of the Spanish in the late 1700s.