Onsite Field Trip Opportunities
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Looking to take your class on an unforgettable adventure?
Contact us to build a learning experience that fits perfectly into your teaching goals.
The Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural & Educational Center offers a variety of activities and experiences.
Our programs are immersive and experiential. They make history come alive as students see, hear, taste, touch and recreate the past. We work to weave science and language arts topics into each program to provide well rounded lessons.
One-day field trips are offered at the Sacajawea Center from April through October. A typical group would arrive onsite around 10:00 am and depart by 4:00 pm. Teachers have several options for activities to create their ideal experience.
Each group visits our small Interpretive Center to learn about the local history of Sacajawea and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Then teachers can choose from several activities to complete their day.
Choose one program:
(These are examples and subject to change)
- Animal Tracking with Lewis and Clark
- Archaeological Dig
- Storytelling and Native American Sign Language
- Making Cordage and Rope
- Culture Shock (learning about stereotypes and more)
- Flint and Steel Fires
- Gifts of the Deer (includes making buckskin bags)
- Lewis and Clark 101
- Patterns in Plants
- Stone and Bone Tools
- Weaving with Cattails
Students typically will have something they have made to take home with them.
All our programs includes hands-on activities as well as instruction to put the activities into context. Programs for grades 4 through 6 have been aligned to Idaho State Standards. Program descriptions and standards can be shared upon request. We hold school visits in May and September each year. Cost varies but is on average $20-$35 per student for a full day program. Please contact us with plenty of time to formalize your plan: 208.756.1188
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Our overnight programs are an immersive experience that create lifelong memories!
Students sleep in brush lodges, cook over a campfire, and explore what life was like in the 1800s, while learning a variety topics. We work with each teacher to develop the perfect program for their class. Below is a tab to an example of our Village Life program that has been used by multiple groups.
- Group Camp is available for Modern Camping
- Primitive Shelters are available in 1805 Camp
- Modern camping with hookups within a mile of center.
- City of Salmon 1 mile from site – all services available.
- 2 included daily – Simple Time Period Breakfast and dinner
- Please Call for Details
NOTE: for overnight programs we require a 1:6 adult to student ratio
Some of the Policies:
- The Center can accommodate up to 80 students with advanced notice.
- We do not provide lunch but can point you in the direction of local caterers who can if you so choose.
- We require two adult chaperons per field group. Field groups can include no more than 15 students
- To reserve your dates a $100 non-refundable fee is required.
- First deposit (half of total balance) is due two months prior to arrival.
- Remaining balance is due upon arrival.
Village Life Overnight Program Overview
3 Day Program
Two simple primitive meals will be provided as outlined. Supplemental meals may be needed for children who may not be familiar or comfortable with wild or primitive foods. Other foods may be brought into the eating area afterwards to supplement the primitive meals, or we may break to provide children with the opportunity to go eat in group camp.
Camping is provided in the Primitive Camp Area, or in the Group Camp Area. Children, parents and teachers are welcome to camp in either location. It is not required for this program for children or adults to be in primitive clothing or to use primitive supplies or bedding while in the primitive camp. Modern gear and clothing is allowed. Children are welcome to wear Early American Style Clothing if they would like during the program. The Center does not provide period clothing.
TEACHERS AND CHAPERONS:
Teachers, parents and other individuals acting as chaperons may accompany students free of charge. We encourage this participation and interaction. They may camp with students in either camp area provided, and participate in the program with the children; however, additional food and supplies will not be provided for them.
- Awareness of the story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, their role in exploring the west, and their experiences with the indigenous cultures.
- History of the Fur Trade and the Rendezvous in relationship to meeting the needs of the different groups of people living in early America.
- Participants and parents/teachers can bring several items to trade on the Frontier Trade Blanket. Items (at least 3 items is best) can be anything you think someone may like. People have brought toys, crafts and other home-made items, baked goods, clothing, tools, games, etc. Use your imagination!
Village Life Typical Schedule
Orientation to Camp.
- Intro to the “Basic 3”
- Site selection criteria
- arrangement of structures within the camp
- observations relative to these concepts
Challenge course. Learn cooperation, communication skills, and teamwork through games and activities on the challenge course! Solve problems and build confidence. Increase awareness of the importance of group dynamics in early cultures and today.
Dinner in Camp. A Meal from the menu of Lewis and Clark – Students will help prepare and enjoy a Meal made from recipes provided in the Journals of Lewis and Clark.
Entering a Primitive World – Naming Ceremony, Dance and Storytelling around the fire! (Native American Guest Speaker- Dallas Dupree)
A Primitive Breakfast provided of grains, fruit, and wild tea.
Fire and Shelter and Water: The basic three (Intro – group together)
Group #1 – Fire:
- Preparation and fire lay;
- Bow drill fire making demo;
- Flint and Steel fire making
Group #2 – Food and Water:
- Making Jerky – Constructing a primitive drying rack;
- Preparing and drying wild game jerky;
- Making Pemmican, a Native American Treat: Children will learn to make pemmican from wild game jerky and local berries
*Break for snacks
Switch Groups for above activities
Tools and Shelter:
Group #1 – Making Arrowheads: Flint knapping
Group #2 – Shelter, Clothing, Beads and bags;
- Shelter, primitive clothing;
- Gifts of the Deer, gratitude and wise use of resources;
- Beads and Bags;
- Survival and Material Culture;
- Making Buckskin Bags
Break for primitive hunting games
Switch groups for above activities
Wild Foods: gather wild foods, and prepare a primitive meal just like your ancestors would have done hundreds of years ago. This meal may include “mudding” a fish or a rabbit, baking bread in our mud oven, and preparing local wild edible plants.
*Supplemental meal or additions to primitive meal may be necessary for children who are unaccustomed to new or unusually prepared foods.
7:00–8:00: Frontier Trade Blanket. Bring Trade Goods! (Each child should bring more than one thing to trade)
A Primitive Breakfast provided of grains, fruit, and wild tea.
Reentering our Modern World
Village Life Typical Menu
Mandan Vegetable Soup.
- 2 cups squash
- 1 cup corn
- 1 cup dried berries
- 1 cup dried beans
- 1 lb. buffalo, elk or deer
- Herbs to taste
Cattail Serviceberry Cake
- 2 cups serviceberries
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons honey
- ½ cup cattail flour
- ½ cup amaranth flour
- ½ cup wheat flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 cup water
- 2 eggs
- 6 tbsp. olive oil or melted butter
Wild Mint and Rosehip Tea
- Flour – any kind
- Berry or chokecherry syrup
Whole Grain Cereal cooked in clay pots.
Dried Fruits and Nuts
- Chicory Root
- Beet Root
- Dandelion Root
- 2 cups pounded Buffalo, Deer or Elk jerky
- 1 cup dried chokecherries, service berries or currants
- Pine Nuts
- 3 tablespoons fat
Smoked Salmon and assorted cheeses
Assorted Sliced Fresh Vegetables
Whole grain crackers and bread
Elder Flower Iced Tea
Elk, Onions and Sweet Potatoes
Wild Greens Salad with honey vinegar dressing
Dandelion and Clover Flower Fritters
Wild Herb Tea