The Institute for American Indian Studies | Kids Out and About Fairfield County, CT

The Institute for American Indian Studies

The Institute for American Indian Studies, in Washington, Connecticut, preserves and educates through discovery and creativity the diverse traditions, vitality, and knowledge of Native American cultures. Inside the museum, exhibits allow visitors to travel through time as they encounter exhibits and information on pre-historic to contemporary Native Americans. Nestled on 15 acres of woodlands and trails, complete with a replicated Algonkian village, visitors can also explore the seasonal world of the Eastern Woodlands. Open year round, the IAIS offers a range of events and education programs, as well as a full-day summer camp.
Open hours: 
Sunday: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
IAIS offers a range of interdisciplinary education programs for all ages and a full-day summer camp, as well as special events, many of which are geared towards children and families. Topics include Native Americans, archaeology, and ecology.

Organization learning resources

Title Description Cost
Native American Studies
PUBLISHED

The Institute for American Indian Studies is the only site in our region that provides a broad look at the many cultures and histories of indigenous peoples on our continent. In order for students to become well-rounded, critical thinkers, they need to understand history. No history of the United States is complete without at least a basic understanding of the indigenous cultures. With the more than 12,000 year history of indigenous peoples in our area it is important to remind everyone that Native people are still here, still thriving, and still have important things to teach all of us. Students will understand the broad scope of Native contributions before and after European contact, including social practices, environmental practices, and lifeways. They will understand that although there are many differences between indigenous cultures and European cultures, there are many points of confluence and a shared humanity between all groups of people. They will learn that indigenous people developed strategies for living on and with the land that sustained them for tens of thousands of years, and that their strategies could inspire ways of thinking about current issues. Contact us to discuss our virtual lesson plans for each grade with specific learning objectives tied to the core curriculum.

Academic - General
Reading
History / social studies
Science - STEM - General
Nature
Late Elementary School
Middle School
High School
$
The Institute for American Indian Studies- Inside with IAIS
PUBLISHED

The Institute for American Indian Studies weaves the science of archaeology with the culture, history, and traditions of Native Americans to create a unique museum experience. During the COVID-19 situation, the IAIS Education Department is teaching family friendly museum lessons online, so you can continue your learning from the comforts of home! All videos will be posted on Facebook (@IAISMUSEUM) at 2:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Check out our website, www.iaismuseum.org, for activities that go along with the videos, as well as other resources for parents and teachers.

Academic - General
Science - STEM - General
Nature
Early Elementary School
Late Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Adults