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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 free or have 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


Fee:  Free, but participants may construct their own box for $10 to cover the cost of materials.

Groups of 10 or more please call (717) 862-3948 or email Joy.

April 18 - 11:00 AM

AIN “American Indians in Nature”

Eastern Bluebirds

Learn about the Bluebird of Happiness on this spring day. Become versed in their biology and nesting habits and what led to their reduced populations. During a walk on the Indian Steps property we hope to view and hear Eastern Bluebirds in action and visit new nesting boxes  Proper placement and care will entice these beautiful birds to your neighborhood. We will discuss how to avoid the competition and complete care of the nesting boxes.

Pre registration is required.

Call (717) 862-3948  or email Joy.

Fee: $5/person or $20/group of 6

Please bring your own lawn chairs.

The program will conclude around the fire circle for a marshmallow roast.

April 24

6:30 PM-8:30 PM

4th Friday by the Campfire

Sgt. Samuel Shipley

and Lou

We welcome Sgt. Samuel Shipley of the York County Sheriff’s Department. However the real guest is “Lou” of the K-9 Unit, a bloodhound. He is well trained in his field and is a valuable part of the Department. With Sgt. Shipley’s sense of humor and Lou’s gentle nature we will learn firsthand the do’s and don’ts of getting lost out of doors. We are excited to host this important program for all our outdoor enthusiasts.

April 25

11:00 AM-2:00 PM

Earth Day Clean-Up

As part of National Earth Day, enjoy some time down by the Susquehanna River!  Our Native People had a great respect for the earth. They valued and understood the Circle of Life. We will care for our little part of the earth during this clean up day on the surrounding property.

This is a great activity for community groups and families!

Bring your own gloves and wear sturdy shoes.

Roast your own hot dogs for lunch.

This is a free activity!

Groups of 10 or more, please call in advance ( 717) 862-3948 or email Joy.

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.

Also performing to the benefit of Indian Steps Museum:

Bob Basseligia, lead singer for the Fast Lane

Brahmii and Wick

Smith & Allen & Friend

Stu Huggens

May 17

1:00

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 on site.

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

Admission:

$5/person - $20/group of 6.

Pre registration is required by calling (717) 862-3948 or email Joy.

The fee is $5/person or $20/group of 6

Please bring your own lawn chairs.

The program will conclude around the fire circle for a marshmallow roast.

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!

May 24

1:00-4:00 PM

Artifact Identification Day

This is a great opportunity to learn about your ancient finds.  Is it a pre-historic tool or just a rock? Our archaeology staff will be available to evaluate your artifacts in our new Archaeology Lab located in the Indian Kitchen.

There  is no fee for Artifact Identification Day, but donations will be appreciated.

Pre registration is required for groups over 10 people.  Call (717) 862-3948 or email Joy.

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.

Pre registration is required for groups over 10 people.  Call (717) 862-3948 or email Joy.

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.  

June 7

2:00-4:00 PM

Archaeology Training Workshop

Presented by Debbie Saylor, Research Director and Sue Landis, MS, Archaeological Consultant. This is an opportunity to be part of a real excavation uncovering prehistoric and historic artifacts. Learn how to measure, excavate, identify and label all extracted specimens. Be part of the team when we uncover history!

This program is for members only. If you plan to attend please email Sue Walsh so we can assemble the necessary materials. Click to become a member.

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.

Each Scout will participate in four exciting activities and will receive an Indian Steps Museum patch at the end of the day. Individual Scouts and Scout troops are welcome.


June 20

9:45 AM-2:30 PM

Museum Scout Day

Program:  Susquehannock Indian History - Native Hunting & Fishing Skills - Museum Tour - Build a Longhouse

Cost Per Scout:  $12.00

Pre-registration required:  (717) 862-3948

Register online, email Sue

Girl Scouts - Juniors and Cadettes

Boy Scouts working towards Indian Lore Merit Badge, First Class

Bring your own lunch.

Pre registration is required. Call (717) 862-3948 or email Joy.

The Fee is $5/person, $20/group of 6.

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 for groups over 10 people.  Call (717) 862-3948 or email Joy.

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.

Members - $6/person

Non Members - $9/person

Kids Under 12 - $3

Become a Member…

July 12

1:00-4:00 PM

Red Lion/Felton

Band Concert and Picnic

Bring your chair and enjoy a vintage afternoon with a great picnic and band concert.

2:00 - Relax in the shade and enjoy the free music at the Susquehanna Riverside.

Email Alan if you are planning to attend the meal so we know how many meals to prepare.


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.

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July 19 - 2:00-4:00 PM

Hands on

“Susquehanna’s Indians”

Lecture in the Kiva

Jan Klinedinst, Owner

Down To Earth Archaeology Company

Her lecture will paint a vivid picture of four cultures of people, from 14,000 B.C. through 1680 A.D. Learn how indigenous people evolved into farmers, and numbered in the tens of thousands!

This program is for members only. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by email to Sue Walsh. Click to become a member.

Pre registration is required. Call (717) 862-3948 or email Joy.

The fee is $5/person, $20/group 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 registration is required for groups over 10 people.  Call (717) 862-3948 or email Joy.

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 MAEscapes PSU Master Gardener.  All ages are welcome.



This program is for members only. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by email to Sue Walsh. Click to become a member.

Sunday August 2

2:00-4:00 PM

Indian Steps Kiva Room

History of the Conoy Indians



Join Tina Mark, descendant of the Conoy tribe, as she recalls her childhood memories of growing up on the site of Conoytown in northwestern Lancaster County registered as site # 36La40. Her interest was sparked when her grandfather would plow up the garden and expose Indian artifacts. She watched over the archaeologists as they excavated nearby Haldeman Mansion and studied the Conoy town artifacts.


Get an inside view of her culture and experiences as seen   through her eyes. Today she is very active in preserving the Conoy history and a board member of the Haldeman Mansion on the Conoy site.  Please join us as Tina presents a slide presentation on the origins, development, artifacts and the demise of the Conoy Indians.

Pre registration is required for groups over 10 people.  Call (717) 862-3948 or email Joy.

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.

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.

Pre registration is required for groups over 10 people.  Call (717) 862-3948 or email Joy.

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.

Pre registration is required. Call (717) 862-3948 or email Joy.

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.

Pre registration is required for groups over 10 people.  Call (717) 862-3948 or email Joy.

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.

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

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


Click if you are interested in vending at our Festival.

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


Pre registration is required for groups over 10 people.  Call (717) 862-3948 or email Joy.

October 3

11:00 AM

AIN “American Indians in Nature”

Tree ID

A great activity for fall leaf collection projects.  

October 4

2:00-4:00 PM

Rock Art of the Lower Susquehanna River

Paul Nevin will present a a program on the clues left behind by the first inhabitants of the Susquehanna River Valley.

This program is for members only. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by email to Sue Walsh. Click to become a member.

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.

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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 Steps 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.

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