Lewis & Clark, Citizen Science and Geology at the Caverns -July 5, 6 and 8
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: July 2, 2019

Whitehall, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) will host interpretive programs on medicine in the time of Lewis & Clark, Citizen Science and Geology at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, offered on July 5, 6 and 8.

Do you think you could survive the rigors of a nomadic lifestyle with only early 19th century medicine? On Friday, July 5 at 8:00pm in the campground amphitheater, learn about “The Lewis and Clark Expedition: Wilderness Medicine in Early America” with Dr. Dave Peck. Over two hundred years ago, Lewis and Clark walked along the Jefferson River and explored portions of the park. Their journey was not without struggles from constantly being on the move in wild and unforgiving terrain. Dr. Peck will explain the medical personalities and beliefs prevalent during their 1804–1806 expedition, and explore the health problems encountered by the captains over their 8,000-mile journey.

Dr. Dave Peck is a retired physician and author of “Or Perish in the Attempt, Hardship and Medicine of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.” He has presented this program at many national venues and was a National Endowment for the Humanities sponsored speaker during the Expedition’s Bicentennial commemoration in 2003-2006. A video documentary of his book co-produced by Dr. Peck is currently showing daily at the Great Falls Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

On Saturday, July 6 from 6:30-8:30pm, join Park Ranger Julia Smit for an evening of citizen science in the park with the program “Not So Junior Ranger.“ Explore the different technology and resources available for the public to make a deeper connection with the outdoors. On this short talk and walk, participants will identify species of plants and animals with the iNaturalists smart phone app. Participants should meet in the campground amphitheater, and come prepared with good walking shoes, water, a smart phone and weather-appropriate clothing. Total walking will be less than two miles.

On Monday, July 8 at 8:00pm in the campground amphitheater, join AmeriCorps member Tamara Beal for a program about “Upheaval in the London Hills,” held in the campground amphitheater. Through this talk, discover the dramatic story of how the mountains around the park were made.

For more information about these or other events at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, call (406) 287-3541.

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, 25 Lewis & Clark Caverns Rd, Whitehall, MT

From the exit 274 on I-90, we are 13 miles south on Highway 287 and 5 miles west on MT 2.
From the Cardwell exit 256 on I-90 we are 7 miles east along MT 2.

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park features one of the most decorative limestone caverns in the Northwest filled with spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helictites. The park also features camping, trails to hike or bike, a state-of-the-art visitor center, interpretive displays, a gift shop, food and beverage concessions, amphitheater, and interpretive events presented during the summer months.

Visit Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.

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