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Rock Art Center offers summer Petroglyph Pathfinders camps for kids

February 02, 2011

Do your kids like to explore, dig in the dirt, collect clues and create?

The Deer Valley Rock Art Center is pleased to host another season of summer camps, Petroglyph Pathfinders, beginning May 30.

DVRAC offers one-week action-packed camps for children ages 8 to 11 at a real archaeology site. The camp fosters adventure and enrichment, exploring themes such as desert animals and insects, botany and native gardening, archaeology and cultural anthropology and of course, a good dose of fun.

Campers will explore these topics through hands-on educational activities, crafts, storytelling, games, hikes and much more.

Camps are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday thorugh Friday, with a limit of 20 participants. Session I is May 30 -June 3; Session II is June 13-17.

Tuition is $120 for members of Deer Valley Rock Art Center, and $140 for non-members.

To register, mail a completed Registration Application Form (found at along with your preferred method of payment (credit card number, check or money order) to: Casandra Hernandez, Deer Valley Rock Art Center, 3711 W. Deer Valley Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85308.

The Deer Valley Rock Art Center has the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the Phoenix Valley. Visitors hike a 1/4-mile trail to view more than 1,500 petroglyphs made between 500 and 7,000 years ago. The museum aims to promote preservation, connection and respect for the site and is a destination for families to learn about archaeology in their own backyard. The Center is managed by one of the top archaeology programs in the country – the School of Human Evolution & Social Change, an academic unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – at Arizona State University. It is a Phoenix Point of Pride.

The Center is located at 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, two blocks west of 35th Avenue.

Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday and 12 p.m.-5 p.m., on Sundays.

For more information, call (623) 582-8007.