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|Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail News Release|
|For Immediate Release
Release Date: June 5, 2017
Contact: Ashley Danielson, 402-661-1804
Experience the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail This June
Omaha, Nebraska – The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail invites you to #FindYourTrail along the 3,700 mile route this June. There are more than 100 sites along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Today's Trail is the product of many diverse groups: federal, tribal, state and local agencies, and public and private organizations. These groups work together to provide opportunities for visitors to experience and learn about the Lewis and Clark Expedition and its many stories.
Celebrate trails in June as we invite you to get out and experience your local hiking, biking or paddling trail along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Check out the maps page of our website to find sites near you. https://www.nps.gov/lecl/index.htm
Here are some events happening along the trail in June:
Saturday, June 10:
Bitter Root Day Celebration, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Hamilton, MT
The 37th Annual Bitter Root Day Celebration will be held this Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ravalli County Museum in Hamilton, Montana. Traditional dancers and drummers, a Salish history and cultural display, raffle, jerky competition, recycled-craft contest and free children’s educational activities will fill the day.
Saturday, June 10:
Summer Speakers Series, 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Visitor Center, Omaha, NE
The Saturday Speaker Series begins this year with Marlene Rivero on June 10, 2017. Marlene's one-woman show uses period dress and includes wonderful solo performances of period slave songs. Her original interpretation of the story of York (the slave of William Clark), is through the eyes of his slave mother.
York was a member of the Corps of Discovery. The youth program is at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm and an all ages program is at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Saturday-Sunday, June 10-11:
Fort Walla Walla Days, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Fort Walla Walla Museum, Walla Walla, WA
The Museum is holding its annual two-day event “Fort Walla Walla Days” on June 10 & 11, which celebrates history with reenactors from several time periods, special exhibits and demonstrations, and more. Lewis and Clark reenactors with a tent encampment are among the many expected to attend.
Sunday, June 11:
Living History Corps Re-Enactors, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., Missouri River Basin Lewis and Clark Visitor Center, Nebraska City, NE
This unit portrays the soldiers and engagees of the expedition and demonstrates the duties, skills and way of life during the journey in 1804-1806. Tomahawk throwing, blacksmithing, musket shooting, hide scraping and more. Kids can dress up in look-alike uniforms for our great photo opportunities.
Thursday-Sunday, June 15-18:
Fort Union Rendezvous, 10:00 am-2:00 p.m., Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, Williston, ND
19th Century Fur Trade Fair includes a variety of period arts, crafts and music. Come and participate in the upper Missouri's finest fur trade fair at one of the West's most imposing historic sites.
Saturday, June 17:
Lewis and Clark Adventure Challenge for Kids, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Great Falls, MT
The event includes an opportunity for participants to toss bean bags at near life-size cutouts of bison and grizzly bears, fish for native species at Giant Springs, flush prairie dogs from their burrows with copious amounts of water, and bead their very own necklace, complete with a Jefferson Peace Medal as a souvenir. The entire event will encompass a 1.2 mile course between the Interpretive Center and Giant Springs State Park giving families a chance to enjoy both facilities and parts of the River’s Edge trail.
Saturday, June 17:
Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge Eco-Blitz, 7:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., Washougal, WA
Get your hands dirty and contribute to the Portland-Vancouver Area Species Inventory!
At the Eco-Blitz, scientists, experts, families, and community members will work together to document the different plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
Check with your local site along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail for local activities and programs.
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail traverses over 3700 miles across the states of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. It is part of the National Park Service. Its headquarters is located at 601 Riverfront Drive in Omaha, Nebraska where there is a small Visitors Center open to the public year-round. Visitors can obtain American the Beautiful Passes, to include the Annual, Active Military, Senior, Access, and Every Kid in a Park, by stopping by the Visitor Center during open hours.
For additional information on Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, please call 402-661-1826 or visit www.nps.gov/lecl and join the conversation at www.facebook.com/lewisandclarknht and www.twitter.com/LewisClarkTrail.
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for the 412 parks in the National Park System and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.
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