San Dieguito River Valley ConservancySan Dieguito
River Valley Conservancy

Watershed Explorers

San Diego Archaeological Center


At the San Diego Archaeological Center, students step into the past through exhibits and hands-on activities.  Start your visit learning how archaeologists study the past, then go on your Quest through the museum exploring the region’s 10,000 year history. Make your own pinch pot as you learn about this natural resource and traditional pottery.


Students will:

  • learn how archaeologists study the past
  • learn about the cultural history of San Diego;
  • practice observation and inference skills in order to determine site activity
  • gain an understanding of the importance of cultural resource protection and preservation


Made possible by a grant from The San Diego Foundation

Material compiled by:

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy

The San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority

The Volcan Mountain Foundation

San Diego Archaeological Center

Material generously contributed by:

The San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

California Educational Standards 

Note: This program can assist with meeting the following History-Social Science  Content Standards for California Public Schools: 

Grade 5:  

  • Chronological and Spatial Thinking Standards K-5.1, K-5.2, K-5.3
  • Historical Interpretation K-5.1, K-5.2, K-5.3 
  • US History and Geography 5.1.1 

Grades 6-8:  

  • World History and Geography 6.1.1, 6.1.2 
  • Historical Interpretation 6-8.2 

Grades 9-12:  

  • Chronological and Spatial Thinking 9-12.1, 9-12.2 
  • Historical Interpretation 9-12.2, 9-12.3

Free Course

Grade Level: 5, 6-8, 9-12

Subject Areas: Science, Archaeology

Setting: San Diego Archaeological Center