Canoeing with Lewis & Clark: A Geologic Excursion along the Missouri in Montana

Experience an exciting six day journey through Montana by discovering the complex geology along the upper Missouri River. Explore the sights of this geologic landscape just as Lewis and Clark did over two centuries ago. This field seminar will be lead by William Hansen, an Independent Oil & Gas Geological Consultant. Hansen will discuss many tales of their expedition, along with specific accounts of descriptive notes and drawings taken by both Lewis and Clark. Participants will have a first hand look into these numerous detailed accounts of the geological terrain that are still recognizable over 200 years later. Don’t miss this opportunity see Montana through the eyes of Lewis and Clark. Join us, July 14-19, 2014 in Great Falls Montana. For more information: Field Seminar: Canoeing with Lewis & Clark

*Space for this field trip is limited and spots are filling fast. Register before June 13 to take advantage of Early Bird pricing.*

Who Should Attend

Geologists and spouses, educators, and fans of Lewis and Clark who desire to become more familiar with the varied and complex geology along the Upper Missouri River in Montana that influenced the Lewis & Clark expedition. Many of the river landscapes seen by canoe are unchanged from the way Lewis & Clark saw them 210 years ago.

Objectives

See Montana through the eyes of Lewis and Clark. Although geology as a science was in its infancy when this expedition was commissioned, the progress of the “voyage of discovery” was heavily influenced by the geology encountered along the way. Participants will journey with these two explorers experientially as well as through journals and museums.

Course Content

Participants will explore a number of classic geological sites that affected the Lewis and Clark expedition in Montana on this six day excursion, including the Gates of the Mountains canyon within the Montana Thrust Belt, Lewis’ “Tower Rock” atop late Cretaceous volcanics, hikes to the Great Falls of the Missouri through Lower Cretaceous deltaic sediments, and the Marias/Missouri River “decision point.” Although geology as a science was in its infancy when President Thomas Jefferson commissioned this expedition in the early 1800s, the progress of the “voyage of discovery” was heavily influenced by the geology encountered along the way. Lewis, schooled as a Naturalist, described the geological landscapes he saw in vivid detail throughout his daily journals. This excursion will also include visits to the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, First People’s Buffalo Jump, and the famous C. M. Russell western art museum.

Field Seminar Location
Begins and ends in Great Falls, MT.

Most days will be spent on short hikes and outfitted canoe/float trips on the Missouri River, within a day’s drive of accommodations in Great Falls. Two of the days will be spent on the river on an outfitted canoe/camping trip, and conclude with a paddle into historic Fort Benton, the oldest city in Montana, where a luxurious stay at the newly-remodeled 1881 Grand Union hotel awaits us. The Missouri is a good river for canoeing, whether you are just beginning or experienced.

* For registration and full course details please visit: HERE!

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