Digital Explorers

A Virtual Summer Camp
Wednesdays, June 24 to August 19, 2020
10:00-11:00 a.m.

Summer History Camps come to the digital sphere this year! Camps designed for 1st to 3rd graders are offered through WebEx connections for one-hour Wednesdays, June 24-July 22, at Jamestown Settlement and July 29-August 19 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Scroll down for virtual programs, rates and how to register.


Jamestown Digital Explorers

yehakin interiorJoin museum educators as your family explores the history of the Powhatan Indians and English colonists! Jump into the fun with crafts, activities, stories and interactions with costumed historical interpreters in this one-hour experience. Enjoy summer fun from the comfort of your home through live WebEx connections each Wednesday, June 24 to July 22.

June 24:  What Makes a House? – Learn more about the ways houses were constructed 400 years ago. Examine the different natural resources used to make homes in all three cultures, and compare it to materials used to make homes today.

July 1: Waterways – Rivers and waterways were important to all three cultures of early Jamestown. Explore the variety of boats used by the different cultures and how they used the waterways for transportation, fishing and more. Test your skills of boat building, and challenge your family members to see who can construct the sturdiest boat!

July 8: Powhatan Pottery – What do containers look like in other cultures? Examine pots and containers found throughout the Powhatan Indian Village as we talk about what resources were used to make these pots. Compare Powhatan pottery with the containers used by the other two cultures that came together at Jamestown.

July 22: Science on the James – Dive into science this week as explorers search for the answers to some of history’s mysteries! Test experiments and hypotheses with educators as you discover what causes the water quality of the James River to change throughout the year and how it impacted the early English colonists.


Yorktown Digital Explorers

Join museum educators as your family explores life in the military and at home during the American Revolution! Jump into the excitement of Yorktown through a variety of crafts, activities, stories and more during these one-hour sessions. Experience the history of the Revolution from the comforts of home through live WebEx presentations each Wednesday, July 29-August 19.

garden at American Revolution Museum at YorktownJuly 29: Spies of the Revolution – James, Benjamin Talmadge and Anna Strong are just a few of the men and women in Washington’s network of spies. Learn more about those who secretly passed information and the methods they used during this camp. Crack codes and write some of your own with new skills you learn!

August 5: Children of the Revolution – What would it be like to be a child in the late 1700s? Discover what children your age would have experienced during this phase of American history.

August 12: Road to Victory – How did Washington’s Continental Army get from New York to the showdown at Yorktown? Explore how he planned to get men and supplies down the 400-mile march to Virginia.

August 19: Virginia Planters – There are two gardens at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – one is behind the kitchen and the other is around the enslaved people’s cabin. Explore the different crops that were grown and discuss how food from multiple cultures came together to make a unique American cuisine.


Cost

$25.00 for 4 weeks of virtual summer camp fun at Jamestown Settlement or the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

$45.00 for Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Members of Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc. Annual Fund gift clubs (donors of $100 or more) receive a 10% discount.

Virtual Camper Capacity

Vitural Summer Camps offer space for 30 unique connections. Families with multiple children can register as one unit. Registrants will receive a WebEx access code and a virtual camp supply list before the camps begin.

How to Register

Contact Felicia Abrams in On-Site Education at felicia.abrams@jyf.virginia.gov.


The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is an educational agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. 

June 2020