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Partners in the Parks: Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail
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Be immersed in the natural and cultural history of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail/Nez Perce National Historic Trail. Students will trace the paths of Lewis & Clark’s Corps of Discovery expedition and the Nez Perce tribe from Lewiston, Idaho to the Lolo Motorway in the Rocky/Bitterroot Mountains where the Lewis & Clark/Nez Perce National Historic Trail crosses from Montana into Idaho—the most difficult part of Lewis and Clark’s westward journey.

 Export to Your Calendar 6/8/2018 to 6/15/2018
When: July 8-15, 2018
Where: Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail
United States
Contact: NCHC Office
(402) 472-9150

Online registration is available until: 6/8/2018
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With a backdrop of Idaho’s wild, untamed country and the insight of Nez Perce tribal liaisons, U.S. National Park personnel, U.S. Forest Service personnel, and WSU professors, students will interactively explore the region, following the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway (also called the Lewis & Clark Highway), traveling along five different rivers (three of which are designated Wild and Scenic), day hiking the Lewis & Clark/Nez Perce National Historic Trail, visiting several Nez Perce and Lewis & Clark National Historic Park sites, camping at original Corps of Discovery camp sites, and visiting natural hot springs, a state park, three historic Forest Service stations, the U.S.’s first designated wilderness area, a logging museum, and a Lewis & Clark Discovery Center.

Tentative Itinerary:

Students will fly into Lewiston, ID and then camp at six different locations for six nights in tents, traveling in two 4x4 vehicles from Lewiston to the Lolo Motorway and then back.

Day 1. Sunday

3:00 PM Pick-up students in Lewiston, ID & camp at Hells Gate State Park

Day 2. Monday

8:30 AM: Visit the Lewis & Clark Discovery Center, Lewiston, ID

10:30 AM: Visit the Nez Perce National Historic Park—the Spalding Site—and meet with Nez Perce tribal liaison

1:00 PM: Drive to the Heart of the Monster National Historic Site, Kamiah, ID

3:00 PM: Drive to and camp at Johnson Bar Group Site, Lowell, ID

Day 3. Tuesday

8:30 AM: Meet with Forest Service liaison and tour the historic Fenn Ranger Station

10:30 AM: Day hike in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

4:00 PM: Drive to and camp at Wilderness Gateway Campground, ID

6:00 PM: Visit natural Weir Creek hot springs

Day 4. Wednesday

8:30 AM: Drive to the Lolo Motorway

1:00 PM: Day hike on the Lewis & Clark/Nez Perce National Historic Trail

Evening: Camp near/at a Lewis & Clark historic camp site

Day 5. Thursday

8:30 AM: Drive along the Lolo Motorway

10:30 AM: Day hike on the Lewis & Clark/Nez Perce National Historic Trail

Evening: Camp near/at a Lewis & Clark historic camp site

Day 6. Friday

9:30 AM: Drive from the Lolo Motorway to the North Fork of the Clearwater River

12:00 PM: Meet with Forest Service personnel and tour historic Forest Service Kelly Creek & Canyon Work Centers.

2:00 PM: Day hike the Isabelle Creek Downriver Trail

Afternoon/evening: camp at Aquarius Campground

Day 7. Saturday

8:30 AM: Drive to Pierce, ID and tour the J. Howard Bradbury Memorial Logging Museum & Historic Idaho Courthouse

11:00 AM: Drive to Weippe, ID and tour the Lewis & Clark Weippe Prairie Site

3:00 PM Arrive back to Lewiston, ID and depart


Program Size 12 Students
NCHC Member Price $550 (does not include airfare)
NCHC Nonmember Price $1100 (does not include airfare)
Deadline to Register June 8, 2018





Trip Facilitator

Annie Lampman, Washington State University

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