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Lewis & Clark Guide Website Resource List and Training Opportunity

Experienced and knowledgeable Montanans, available as Lewis and Clark guides, will have an opportunity to be included on the Montana Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission website's resource list. Tour companies and visiting groups will be encouraged to use this resource list to arrange local guides for tours traveling through the state.

To be listed, individuals complete a short form listing their experience as a local guide and describing their areas of expertise. Those listed must demonstrate at least a minimum level of experience and knowledge in five areas related to the Lewis & Clark Expedition story and customer service:

  • Lewis and Clark's Journey Through Montana
  • Lewis and Clark as Montana Naturalists
  • Montana Indian History and Culture
  • Public Speaking, Storytelling, Interpretive Techniques
  • Visitor Service and Tour Services

Experience and knowledge can be demonstrated for the above areas in many ways, but each should at least be equivalent to completion of an 8-hour course (1/2 semester credit) within the last 15 years. In addition to the five basic subjects, Lewis and Clark guides are asked to describe their knowledge of Lewis and Clark sites and other historic sites in their locality as well as references.

A "Lewis and Clark Guide Resource List" application is available from the Montana Bicentennial Commission, PO Box 201203, Helena, MT 59620-1203, or (406) 443-2109. Applications must be submitted no later than May 1, 2003 for review. Those demonstrating the minimum experience and knowledge in the areas listed above will be included on the Summer 2003 season list. Additional reviews will be announced for future evaluation and listing.

Those interested in serving as local guides, but lacking current skills in one or more subject areas can attend one or more one-day workshops, offered April 9 - 12, 2003 at the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center as part of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Training Academy.

Details for this workshop series and the Interpretive Center's Lewis and Clark Training Academy can be obtained by writing: Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, PO Box 1806, Great Falls, MT 59403 or calling (406) 727-8733, or visiting their website at



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P.O. Box 201201
225 North Roberts
Helena, MT 59620-1201
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