Linking Hispanic Heritage Through Archeology

Linking Hispanic Heritage Through Archeology (LHHTA) is a program for Hispanic youth ages 14-18 years that uses regional archeology as a bridge to connect urban Hispanic youth and their families to their own cultural history. Through visits to National Parks, local museums, and university laboratories, students engage in the study of Southwest archeology from the prehistoric to the historical periods. They also look at (and participate in) present-day activities that evolved from past cultural practices. 

Originally piloted in the summer of 2013 in Tucson, Arizona, a second LHHTA program took place during the spring of 2015 and a third LHHTA program will occur spring-summer 2016. LHHTA is a partnership between the Environmental Education Exchange, the National Park Service and the University of Arizona. Primary funding is provided by the National Park Service (NPS), with additional funding provided by the Western National Parks Association (WNPA).

As an incentive, and to deepen participants’ engagement with their experiences, iPads are given to the students and teachers to be used as tools for recording and documenting their activities. In order to successfully complete the program (and receive their iPads), each participant creates and presents a personal digital story of their experiences in LHHTA.

By forming personal and community-based dialogues through this program, the Environmental Education Exchange is helping the National Park Service develop a stronger relationship with the Hispanic community and increase their attendance and use of National Parks. 


Download Full Reports:

LHHTA 2013 Final Report

LHHTA 2015 Final Report

LHHTA 2016 Final Report


NPS Centennial Project: Linking Hispanic Heritage Through Archeology (LHHTA)


LHHTA 2017 Participant Videos Overview


LHHTA 2016 Participant Videos Overview


LHHTA 2015 Participant Videos Overview


LHHTA 2015 Participant Videos


LHHTA 2013 Participant Videos