Onsite Field Trip Opportunities
*Due to Covid-19, programs listed below will not be available for the 2020 season.*
Please call before you make any plans!
Looking to take your class on an unforgettable adventure?
The Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural & Educational Center offers a variety of activities and experiences. Contact us to build a learning experience that fits perfectly into your teaching goals.
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 April through and October each year as weather allows. Cost varies based on lesson and craft materials involved, give us a call for details. Please contact us with plenty of time to formalize your plan: 208.756.1188
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
- Off-site modern camping with hookups within a mile of Center.
- City of Salmon 1 mile from site – all services available.
- 1 prepared meal included daily – see below for details
- Please Call for Details
NOTE: for overnight programs we require a 1:6 adult to student ratio
If you do not see what you are looking for contact us! We love to create custom programs to fit your needs.
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
One 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.
A camping site 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 camping gear or period clothing.
TEACHERS AND CHAPERONS:
We could not do it without you! Teachers, parents and other individuals acting as chaperons may accompany students free of charge. Vetting of adult volunteers must be done by the visiting school and is not the responsibility of the Center. We encourage adult participation and interaction during lessons. They may camp with students in either camp area provided, and participate in the program with the children; however, additional activity 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 Example
1:00–2:00 – Arrival
Orientation to Camp
• Intro to the “Basic 3”;
• Site selection criteria;
• Arrangement of structures within the camp;
• Observations relative to these concepts.
2:00–4:00: 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.
4:30–6:00: 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.
6:00–8:00: Entering a Primitive World – Naming Ceremony, Dance and Storytelling around the fire!
8:00–9:00: Make your own breakfast at the group camp.
Group #1 – Gifts of the Deer
• Study the parts of a deer;
• Learn Native American children’s hunting games;
• Make buckskin bags;
Group #2 – Animal Tracking with Lewis & Clark
• Learn the anatomy of an animal track;
• Study animal gaits;
• Take a walk to search for sign;
• Make a plaster cast track.
*In-lesson snack break
11:30: Break from lesson to prepare for lunch
12:00–1:30: Lunch Break – 1805 Traditional Lunch
*Supplemental meal or additions to primitive meal may be necessary for children who are unaccustomed to new or unusually prepared foods.
Groups switch topics
Group #1 – Animal Tracking with Lewis & Clark
Group #2 – Gifts of the Deer
4:00 – Free Time
4:30–5:30: Frontier Trade Blanket. Bring Trade Goods! (Each child should bring more than one thing to trade)
6:00–7:00: Dinner Break – Make your own dinner.
8:00–9:00: A Primitive Breakfast provided of grains, fruit, and wild tea.
9:00: Students are given time to complete their projects if needed.
Learn to play the Hand Game (played by tribal nations across the country
Reentering our Modern World
12:00 – Depart
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
- 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
- Flour – any kind
- Berry or chokecherry syrup
Whole Grain Cereal cooked in clay pots.
Dried Fruits and Nuts
- Chicory Root
- Beet Root
- Dandelion Root