Outreach in the Classroom

When a field trip to the Museum just isn’t possible, consider our newly revised and expanded Outreach Programs. At a minimal cost, your students can benefit from an on-site presentation enhanced by both authentic and facsimile artifacts. These up to one-hour presentations include artifacts and hands-on activities. They are available Monday through Friday during school hours, and the cost is $1.00 per student.

The staff of Heritage Park and Cultural Center has expertise in a wide range of topics, from archaeology to local history. Our programs can be given at your school and most programs can be tailored to meet the interest and subject areas of the class. Programs available at this time include Ceramic Artifacts, Hands-On History and specialized subjects as requested. Please call the museum at 850-833-9595 to schedule your outreach at least one month in advance.

* Due to the increased costs of travel, the City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park and Cultural Center has been forced to add a travel fees for school visits.· The fees are assessed from the physical location of the Indian Temple Mound Museum in Fort Walton Beach.· For schools located 30 or more miles from the Indian Temple Mound Museum, the cost is an additional $.50 per student.· Total program cost would be $1.50 per student.

Local business partners have agreed to meet the needs of community students by assisting schools in covering costs for outreach programs. Teachers with needs must fill out an application a minimum of one month in advance of their desired program date. Grants are available for programs conducted from January to May each school year.

Grants are awarded on a needs basis. Grants are first come, first serve and are available for as long as funds are available.

Okaloosa County Schools are given priority, but all schools within a reasonable distance are welcome to apply.

Grants are designed to defray outreach expenses and should not be relied upon to replace a field trip to the museums. Please click here to download the Outreach Grant Application.

Outreach in the Community

Museum staff participates or hosts several local outreach and community events events throughout the year:

  • February: Winter Guest Fest in Fort Walton Beach
  • March: Construction Junction in Fort Walton Beach; Eglin Archaeology Day in Niceville
  • April: Earth Day in Fort Walton Beach; Pottery Expo Youth Art Competition on our museum grounds.
  • June: Kids’ Day at the Fort Walton Beach Landing
  • July: Archaeology Kids Museum Summer Camp on our museum grounds and throughout downtown Fort Walton Beach (annual program not being offered in 2014)
  • October: Haunted History Tours
  • November: Thunderbird Intertribal Powwow in Niceville

If you would like the museum to be a part of your event, please call us at 850-833-9595 at least one month in advance.