Heritage Monitoring Scouts (HMS Florida) is a public engagement program focused on tracking changes to archaeological sites at risk, particularly those impacted by climate change in the form of erosion and sea level rise.

If you are already a Heritage Monitoring Scout, sign in. Otherwise, why not join us!

How does it work?

  • Citizens sign up as Heritage Monitoring Scouts, and can begin monitoring Historic Cemeteries and Historic Structures right away!
  • To monitor Archaeological Sites, Scouts must first choose a region of interest, and then wait until an administrator assigns a site to them.
  • Once an Archaeological Site has been assigned to a Scout, that Scout can view the site's location, and log a Scout Visit!
Would you like a monitoring form to take with you in the field?

How do I log a visit?

  1. To log a scout visit for a Cemetery or Historic Structure, click “Explore the Database”, then in the Menu Pane on the far left of the main map page, hover over the building icon and click on “Scout Report” under the “Add New Resource” heading. Then, follow the detailed instructions to log a visit.
  2. To monitor an Archaeological Site, you must first request access to that site. Please email us at hmsflorida@fpan.us to request access or get suggestions on sites you can monitor in your area.
  3. Once an Archaeological Site has been assigned, you can view the site's location and log a Scout Visit by following the detailed instructions.