Support Grandad Archaeological Field School!

Raised toward our $3,000 Goal
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Project ends on October 31, at 11:59 PM PDT
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I am so grateful for all your support.

October 14, 2021

Sending out such a big thank you to all those that have supported Grandad. We have met and surpassed our initial goal! Grandad actually costs $5000 each year to run and I know with the time left in this drive we will hit this ultimate Goal! Again, a heartfelt thank you to all who generously contributed!

Wow a Big Thank You to Soar Consulting

October 12, 2021

Just want to publicly send a shout out to Soar Consulting! It is heartening that this firm understands the important role that CRM firms can play in supporting field schools, particularly because field schools are crucial in training archeology students that are in high demand by these firms. Thank you so much for your generous support!

Grandad Is Such rich learning Environment

October 07, 2021

Grandad is a wonderful rich learning opportunity for our Fresno State Students. It is just the best way to learn how to do archeology. This has directly lead to students getting jobs in the field after they graduate. Please help provide this opportunity to future students with your tax-deductible contribution.  

Wow! More than Halfway There!

October 06, 2021

Wow, we have 25 days left and we are more than halfway there. Your Grandad support is just so heart warming and I am so truly grateful! It reminds me of why I continue to do what I do.

Day 3 and we are at 39%

October 03, 2021

WOW this is only Day 3 of our month long crowdfunding and we are at 39%. I wonder whooooo will make us to 40%. My heart is so warmed by the level of support for Grandad. Thank You SO MUCH.


October 02, 2021

Over the last 23 years students from Fresno State have taken the Anthropology department’s Archeological Field School (Grandad). So, what has the Grandad Experience meant to these students? What follows is, in their own words, what Grandad has meant to some of these students.

I participated in the Grandad Field School in 2013, and it was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.  After taking courses in archaeology, I was finally able to put my theoretical knowledge out to practice in the field.  This field school is crucial for future anthropology students, like myself, who wish to pursue archaeology.  There is simply no way to understand and grasp archaeology without having a course that teaches you how it is practiced in the real world.  Not only will this course help me pursue future opportunities in archaeology, but the experience I gained during the field school has made me a more competitive applicant for graduate school.  This class also provided the experience I also need to apply to other jobs relating to archaeology.  I also was able to network with other people in archaeology leading to potential job opportunities here in the Central Valley.  This field class was such a wonderful experience.  

Deanna Arsala  


October 01, 2021

One of my favorite stories that I tell up at Grandad is the Hummingbird story. It tells of the time when there was a giant fire and all the animals were running away. But little hummingbird flew back and forth between the lake and the fire over and over. Finally, Coyote asked him what are you doing. Hummingbird replied the “The best I can.” Often the best you can will be enough. You may think that giving just $20 to support Grandad can’t make a difference! But let me tell you that those $20 add up. I sure understand that for my alumni and students those $20 are not easily parted with, but know that they are crucial to making sure that future students and Native Americans can continue to have this valuable experience.

In Their Own Words

September 25, 2021

Over the last 23 years students from Fresno State have taken the Anthropology department’s Archeological Field School (Grandad). So, what has the Grandad Experience meant to these students? What follows is, in their own words, what Grandad has meant to some of these students.

The Grandad field school in Boot Jack California is an essential part of the archaeological program at Fresno State. For me, doing archaeology in the field cemented the methodological concepts I learned in the classroom. Additionally, with hands on lessons, the Grandad field school was a valuable place to learn about Native American culture.

Apart from the benefits of learning methodology and culture, the experience of doing archaeological excavation also helped to form cohesion between classmates. Personally, this cohesion played a big role during the regular semester. Bonds created during field school provided a feeling of place and acceptance within the Anthropology program. I feel this sense of place is crucial to academic success.

I hope that the Grandad field school will be available to future students so that they can have the same growing and learning experiences that I had.

Alex Verdugo

2008 Grandad Alumni

Get An Early Start On Supporting Grandad - Be a Yowah!

September 21, 2021

My students who have been up at Grandad will always remember their Grandad names that they are given. My early risers, who get an early start to the day, often get the name Yowah. These are beautiful yellow flowers (Tarweed) that brighten my Grandad mornings. Those that are sleepy heads are often named Kaseen (Redmaids) that open there pink flowers only around midday. Get an early jump on supporting Grandad and give now - be a Yowah not a Kaseen LOL.

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One of my favorite Native American stories is about Hummingbird's effort to put out a raging forest fire by repeatedly spitting small amounts of water on the flames. When Coyote asks him what he is doing, he responds, just the best I can! Sometimes that is enough. $20 may seem like a small donation, but these dollars can add up!


Signed Grandad Cartoon

Most folks that have taken the Grandad Archeological Field School over the years, strongly remember being carootned by me when the class is running smoothly. If you donate $40 or above you can get your very own signed copy of a Grandad Cartoon. Please let me know if you would like to receive a cartoon.


Grandad Tarps

Did you know that the heavy duty tarps used at Grandad costs $50. DAMMMM think of how many tarps we have used over the years. Your donation of $50 can provide the field school with this crucial item.


Shirt Worthy

The unit that finds the best artifact each day are awarded the Potlach bowling shirt. Gaylen often referred to a special find as "Shirt Worthy" If you donate $100 you sure will be SHIRT WORTHY!


10 Grandad Metal Stakes

How many times have I told my students when I have seen metal stakes scattered across the site, "Hey those things don't grow on trees!!! CHA CHING" Well 10 12 inch metal stakes actually cost $160. Your donation of $160 can keep our units strung up and make sure our tarps don't blow away at Grandad.


Porta Potty

There is nothing more crucial to the smooth running of the Grandad Archeological Field School than porta potties!!!! My students often break in to a hearty HAZARRRRR when the pumper truck arrives mid way through the field class with the prospect of a fresh smelling Prota Pot. Think of how happy you can make future students with your $650 donation.


Eagle Clan

The Chiefly Lineage of California Native Americans was called the Eagle Clan. Over the years, I have had the privilege of meeting elders from the Eagle Clan. They indeed have something special about them. Some of my non-Native American students have also had those special qualities. A donation of $1000 will add you to this special high flying category.