On Saturday Avery and her friend, Ava, participated in a Junior Archaeologist dig at Fort Vancouver National Historic Reserve. They were able to dig within the walls of the Fort with archaeologists from Washington State University and the National Parks Service. For these two dirt-loving little diggers, they were were complete heaven for two hours. The archaeologists dug holes and buried "treasures" between layers of dirt. The first items discovered were things like number 2 pencils and Legos. The second layer of items they found were older objects like mugs and coins from the 50's, 60's and 70's. The bottom layer included actual artifacts from the Fort that were found in past digs. The kids had to dig up these items, clean them, and then write down their findings while determining the age of the items and whether they belonged to the Fort. It was actually very neat. At the end they had to choose a favorite item and present it to the group, then they all received pins and awards certifying them at Junior Archaeologists.
The Fort does Kids Dig! events every July, and they are free for children 8 and older (adults pay the $5 park entrance fee). You have to reserve your space ahead of time and it's totally worth it. Such a great experience!