Lewis & Clark Continuing Education in Great Falls

The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center’s annual Continuing Education Series gets underway today. Held at the Interpretive Center at 4201 Giant Springs Road (on the east edge of Great Falls), the first program is Wildlife Discoveries of Lewis & Clark by Choteau-based naturalist David Shea. The Lewis & Clark expedition encountered hundreds of animals, nearly 150 that were new to science. Two additional offerings in the series are Adventures in Uruguay by Art Sedlack April … Read more

An Old West Afternoon

Sunday afternoon was one of those perfect summer days – temps about 90, no humidity, a light breeze, cottonball-like clouds and blue sky. I decided to attend an outdoor concert on the lawn at the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT. Music was provided by the Old West Trio, aptly named because they played songs of the old West and there were three of them! A couple seated behind me said they heard this group play … Read more

Day Two – Driving With Dixie

Hello, we are in Malta, MT now, 730 miles into our trip! We had a great day yesterday even though we were very frustrated with our technology stuff. We saw Makoshika Dinosaur Museum in Glendive. The boys liked the way the displays were set up. They are noticing that displays are made differently in different museums. Jake enjoyed the forest habitat and the t-rex fighting off the stegosaurus.     In Garfield County the stygie … Read more

A Decision Made Correctly

Over 200 years ago the Lewis & Clark Expedition traveled up the mighty Missouri River. When they approached the confluence of the Marias and Missouri Rivers, directions weren’t so clear. Some members of the expedition felt the Marias was the right river to take, others said the Missouri was the main river. A wrong decision would delay the group and use critical time.   Today it’s easy to view Decision Point from an overlook with walking … Read more

River History – The Upper Missouri River

Take a tip from the locals – a float trip on the Upper Missouri River should just be part of everyone’s summer.  Before you go, schedule a visit to the Bureau of Land Management’s Upper Missouri River Breaks Interpretive Center in Fort Benton. The BLM center is located right along the river bank and as you enter the front of the building you’ll see several rivers converging in the concrete. Gosh, a history lesson before you even enter … Read more

Living History in Fort Benton, MT

Fort Benton, MT is located on the Missouri River about 40 minutes from Great Falls. It was once dubbed the World’s Most Inland Port because of all the steamboats that landed there. You’d be hard pressed to visit Fort Benton and not know how proud this town is of it’s history. This past week I had a chance to take a guided tour of the Old Fort. Our tour guide was named Burnt Spoon and … Read more

Putting Up A Tipi

I’d like to say I know how to put up a tipi after this past week. Let’s just say I’ve got a general idea of how it needs to be done. We watched one go up at River Camp behind the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, MT. There were a few struggles but all in all, it’s pretty amazing to see it going up. There were some center poles in place when … Read more

The Bair Essentials

Central Montana’s pride, The Bair Museum near Martinsdale,  opened for the season May 1st. This coming Saturday FFA students from Plenty Coup High School will raise a tipi and then lead Crow Indian cultural events on the museum grounds.Tipi raising begins at 11am and is open to the public. Traditional Indian tacos and beverages will be available at the Martinsdale Community Center, just a mile away, after the ceremony. When you arrive at The Bair … Read more

Touring the Buffalo Jump Near Ulm, MT

I recently helped show off one of our great visitor attractions to several international folks traveling through northcentral Montana. Our plans were to visit First People’s Buffalo Jump State Park about 15 minutes from Great Falls, MT near the small town of Ulm. When this tour was planned a month ago I wondered what kind of weather we would have. Springtime in Russell Country typically guarantees a variety of weather so I knew we might … Read more

Blackfeet Painted Tipi Exhibit

I recently toured the new Blackfeet Painted Tipi exhibit installed at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, MT. The colorful and educational exhibit details different tipi designs used by the Blackfeet tribe from northwestern Montana. This exhibit will remain at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center through summer and fall so it will be a great excursion for visiting friends and family. During this same time, many demonstrations and talks are given … Read more