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Montana Science Institute
Lewis & Clark Programs

Listed below are several programs the Montana Science Institute is planning. Some of these are first time events that will likely expand during the next six years. For more information about these activities, visit the Montana Science Institute website.

  • The Lewis & Clark Expedition from the Eyes of Native Americans: a curriculum for middle school students with field experiences offered at the MSI. This program gives students knowledge about indigenous people along the route and teaches them about native life ways. It includes a variety of topics that include native foods, social customs, crafts and technologies of the early 1800's and story telling. Students who have participated in this program have learned to build dugout canoes, construct bullboats, make candles, make rope from natural fibers, make woven products from plants, smoke salmon, make jerky, make stone tools, dress buffalo hides using stone tools, make fire from flint and steel, do beadwork, design and erect tipis, etc.

  • Elderhostel classes, "On the Heels of Lewis & Clark," are offered throughout spring, summer and fall. Participants travel the rivers and lakes between Great Falls and Three Forks. MSI provides all transportation, including rafts, power boats, Canyon Ferry's largest pontoon boat and buses and vans. Participants visit the Interpretive Center in Great Falls and travel up to 60 miles on the Missouri River with evening discussions of the Lewis & Clark Expedition and the natural history of the area.

  • Upper Missouri River Rendevous and Knap-in: Primitive skills workshop for flintknappers and other primitive crafts during the weekend following July 4th at MSI. Public invited.

  • Lewis & Clark workshop for school teachers at St. Joseph, Missouri and faculty members from Missouri Western State College at St. Joseph, Missouri. This is a distance learning workshop (September-October 2000) combined with an on-site workshop (June-July 2000) to be held on the MSI campus. Its purpose is to design cross-curricular activities that provide authentic assessment of student work while studying the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

  • Independent student research on Lewis & Clark fauna and flora. Students assess the current ranges and distribution of fauna and flora discovered by Lewis & Clark with their historic ranges and discover the reasons for change in these home ranges.

  • Reintroduction and conservation of native species as described Lewis & Clark within the present day Helena National Forest.

  • Development of a Lewis & Clark Commemorative Meeting Facility (Chameawait Lodge) at the Institute site on Canyon Ferry Reservoir. This is within 0.5 miles of where Sacagawea recognized the landscape of her youth (July 20, 1805) when she was captured. This facility will consist of a combination meeting/eating facility and space for up to 100 participants and will feature a Lewis & Clark motif. Similarily, it will house a Lewis & Clark library consisting of many books, films, journals, etc., related to the expedition.

  • "Corps of Recovery" Missouri River Activities for students, teachers, groups and volunteers interested in the natural history and ecology of the Missouri River. This is to be one component of a larger program entitled, "Recover One American River - Project ROAR," which will hopefully become a national project. We are presently seeking funding for this project which will have its initial focus on the Missouri River and will lead to a Water Rendevous on July 20, 2005, at the MSI site.

  • Family and public tours of Canyon Ferry and Hauser Lakes with a Lewis & Clark focus. These specially arranged tours will extend the public understanding of the landscape and natural history of the area beyond the Gates of the Mountains and will contain overviews of dates, times, and comments from the Lewis & Clark Journals.

  • "How to Teach about Lewis & Clark," a teacher recertification/extended studies course to be offered at the Institute beginning summer, 2000.



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