The University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park will begin its educational “Saturday in the Park” series this month.
— On Feb. 22, Betsy Irwin, the park’s education coordinator, will discuss the world’s oldest cultivated plant — the gourd. She will demonstrate the ways that gourds have been used as utilitarian items, as well as art. Children will have an opportunity to color their own gourd.
— On March 1, Paula Nelson, of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, will discuss Mississippian lifeways. Visitors can learn about ancient Southeastern Indian clothing while listening to traditional stories.
— On March 15, artist Dan Townsend will demonstrate ancient shell carving techniques. Kids can make their own shell bead necklace.
Moundville Archeologiacal Park is 13 miles south of Tuscaloosa, off Alabama Highway 69. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 55 years and older and $6 for students. Children 5 years and younger and Moundville residents are admitted free.