Contact us for additional information about any of our programs:

(717) 862-3948 During Business Hours

(717) 891-4828 Off Hours

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Many programs are free for your enjoyment thanks to the generosity of individuals.  Other programs require a fee as noted. You can support Indian Steps Museum - sponsor a program or speaker.

AIN “American Indians in Nature” programs are presented for all ages  A variety of topics will be presented in reference to how the Native Americans lived in tune with the natural world.  The programs are fee or a small fee to cover the costs of materials.  Be prepared to be outside and actively involved

4th Friday by the Campfire: Experience quality family time at the tranquil setting of Indian Steps Museum.  Join us on the fourth Friday of each month for inter-generational themed outdoor activities followed by a campfire.  The Campfire Activity is $5/person or $20/group of 6.  It’s always better to call ahead if you plan to participate in a group larger than 10 people.

April 16 - Opening Day

April 18 - 11:00 AM

AIN “American Indians in Nature”

Eastern Bluebirds

Learn about the Bluebird of Happiness on this spring day.  Enjoy viewing the birds and nesting boxes on the Indian Steps grounds.  Learn of the Bluebird biology and nesting habits and how we can help. Nesting box construction will conclude the activity. Advance registration is requested for groups over 10 participants. $10/person for materials if you decide to make a nesting box.

April 24

6:30 PM-8:30 PM

4th Friday by the Campfire

Sgt. Samuel Shipley

and Lou

This Friday Campfire features Sgt. Shipley and Lou presenting strategies for avoiding getting lost.  $5/person or $20/group of 6. Let us  know if you plan to participate in a group over 10 people.

April 25

11:00 AM-2:00 PM

Earth Day Clean-Up

Help Indian Steps Museum observe National Earth Day.  Enjoy time down by the Susquehanna River helping to remove debris.  Bring gloves and wear sturdy shoes.  Roast your own hot dogs for lunch.

May 2 - 11:00 AM

AIN “American Indians in Nature”

Wildflower Walk

Enjoy a guided walk on the Elmer Roots Haines Trail on the grounds of Indian Steps Museum.  Participants will explore the botanical background, folklore and medicinal uses of the earliest spring woodland flowers  All ages are welcome. Advanced registration is appreciated for groups over 10.

May 17


Music Fest

Featuring the Susquehanna Travellers as they introduce their NEW CD recorded in the Indian Steps Museum Kiva!  Many other musicians will also be be on site.

Bring your chairs and enjoy the great music down by the great Susquehanna River!

May 22

6:30 PM-8:30 PM

4th Friday by the Campfire

Kayak Fishing

Devin Winand of Shanks Mare Outfitters will be joining our campfire to showcase the new sport of kayak Fishing!

Pre registration is required.  The fee is $5/person or $20/for groups of 6.

May 30 - 11:00 AM

AIN “American Indian in Nature”

Animal Young

Not all moms in nature have the same concerns and responsibilities to their babies.  Join us to explore the relationship between animal mothers and their babies. Please let us know if you will be attending in a group larger than 10 people.

June 6 - 11:00 AM

AIN “American Indians in Nature”

Make Your Own Petroglyph

Around the world and throughout time people have left behind signs and symbols carved on rock.  How did they  do it? Learn carving techniques used 10,000 years ago. Try your hand at making your own Petroglyphs using different mediums and tools.  This activity is for ages 6-14. Advance registration for groups over 10 is appreciated.

June 13-14

10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Each Day

18th Century Encampment

Experience life in 1740’s York County as re-enactors show daily life.  See how our early neighbors lived, dressed, hunted and entertained themselves.  Cooking techniques, children’s responsibilities and gender roles of the 18th century come to life.

June 20

Museum Scout Day

Details to be announced…

June 26

6:30 PM-8:30 PM

4th Friday by the Campfire

Outdoor Cooking by the Campfire

Conservation Society of York County Member, Craig Colburn will join our Friday Campfire with an outdoor cooking demonstration in the Indian Steps Summer Kitchen.

Pre-registration is required.  The fee is $5/person, $20/group of 6.

July 4 - 11:00 AM

AIN “American Indians in Nature”

Creek Stomp

Become acquainted with the macro invertebrates and other critters that live in the creek! Wear closed toe shoes. You’ll be getting wet.  Please pre-register for groups over 10.

July 12

2:00-4:00 PM

Red Lion/Felton

Band Concert

Bring your chair and enjoy a vintage afternoon.  Relax in the shade and enjoy the music at the Susquehanna Riverside.

July 18

8:30 AM

Flatwater Challenge

This annual amateur paddle sports race starts and ends at Indian Steps Museum. The race is sponsored by the Susquehanna Heritage Gateway Area. There is an event for all skill levels.  Contact the Susquehanna Heritage Gateway Area to register and for more information.

1:00-7:00 PM

Indian Steps Stomp

Local professional musicians providing live music for all tastes.  Bring your chairs and let the Susquehanna provide ambience  for a rockin’ concert.  $5/person or $20/for groups of 6.

July 24 - 6:30-8:30 PM

4th Friday by the Campfire

We are excited to host a local rehabilator to our campfire. Meet “Iris” and learn more about the owl family! Why are they the “silent flyers?” If you are willing, you are invited to walk into the woods to find resident screech owls. Pre register; the fee is $5/person, $20/groups of 6.

July 25 - 11:00 AM

AIN “American Indians in Nature”

Native Plants

Participate in  a stroll over the Indian Steps Property and learn the importance of Native Plants in our ecosystem as well as the harm caused by the invasion of non-native plants. Presented by MA Escapes PSU Master Gardener.  All ages are welcome. Please pre-register if your group is larger than 10 people.

August 8 - 11:00 AM

AIN “American Indians in Nature”

American Shad

Study this amazing fish that were so valuable to our early native neighbors and an integral part of American history. Family fun as participants experience the American Shad migration routes.  If your groups is larger than 10 people please call in advance.

August 9

2:00-4:00 PM

Naturalist Jack Hubley

Channel  8 personality Jack Hubley will introduce us to the Native American Wildlife that we have heard of but probably haven’t had the pleasure of seeing!  Live specimens that have adapted to living in urban/suburban landscapes will be featured.  The fee is $5/person or $20/groups of 6.

August 22 - 11:00 AM

AIN “American Indians in Nature”

Learn to Make Natural Cordage

Natural cordage or rope has been an important part of life for thousands of years.  Learn how our earliest neighbors made rope for shelters, fishing baskets, snares, and everything else.  This activity requires manual dexterity and is for ages 10 and up.  Please let us know if you plan to attend as a group larger than 10.

August 28

6:30-8:30 PM

4th Friday by the Campfire

Native Flutes

Roger Bennett of Redbird Flutes will demonstrate Native American Flutes. Participants will make their own flutes to enjoy around the fire.  Bob Wilasch and other members of the Windsongs Native American Flute Circle will join the groups as our ethereal tones float on the night air. Please pre-register for this event.  The fee is $5/person or $20/group of 6.

September 12

11:00 AM

AIN “American Indians in Nature”

Dream Catcher

What do dream catchers mean to Native Americans?  Learn about the first original dream catchers.  Please let us know if you plan to visit in a group over 10 people.

September 26

10:00 AM-8:00 PM

Grand Entry at 12:00 and 6:00

September 27

10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Grand Entry at 12:00

32nd Annual Native American Festival

Great vendors and food

MC and Host Drummer - Dave White Buffalo

One Day Admission - $5/person, $20/groups of 6.

Both Day Admission - $8/person, $25/group of 6.

Check back for more details!

October 3

11:00 AM

AIN “American Indians in Nature”

Tree ID

A great activity for fall leaf collection projects.  Please let us know if you plan to attend in a group of 10 or more.

October 16

9:00 AM-3:30 PM

Project Wild

Indian Steps Museum and PA Game Commission will be hosting a professional development workshop for K-12 teachers and others who work with children. Participants will receive the Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide with over 100 activities and lesson plans.  5.5 Act 48 credits will also be awarded to participants.  Project WILD is one of the most widely used conservation and environmental education programs for K-12 educators.

… more details to follow.


October 24

Kiva Dinner Raffle

Take a chance on winning a fabulous meal in Indian Steps’ Kiva.  More information to follow.

October 31

Ghosts of Indian Steps

The spirits that inhabit Indian Step have told us that they enjoy the family and community gatherings that have taken place over the years.  More details to follow as we take in the positive energy that is Indian Steps.

The annual membership meeting will be in October.  Watch this space for more  details.

2015 Calendar of Events