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Partners in the Parks: Missouri River Experience
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Partners in the Parks: Missouri River Experience

 Export to Your Calendar 6/13/2020 to 6/20/2020
When: June 13-20, 2020
Where: Along Missouri River - South Dakota & Nebraska
United States
Contact: NCHC Office
(402) 472-9150

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Please read the following before registering:

Affiliating yourself with your institution

If you are not the director of your program, or you do not hold a current NCHC Institutional, Professional, or Student Membership, and/or have not attended an NCHC program in the past year, you may not be in our new software system yet!

You must sign up as a "Contact" prior to registering for any NCHC program. 

Sign up as a Contact!

Be sure to select “Contact” when creating a username for our website. If your institution has an Institutional Membership, signing up as a "Contact" will affiliate you with your institution, and you'll receive the member discount. If you sign up for any membership aside from "Contact," you will be asked to pay for that membership fee.

You'll receive an email notification, and THEN you may start registration for the intended institute.

(If your institution is not a member of NCHC, please proceed as a "Guest.")

*Members receive a 50% discount on NCHC Partners in the Parks registration pricing!

Questions? Contact the NCHC office at (402) 472-9150 or

Institution Limitation for Participants

At the maximum, only two students from any one institution will be allowed to participate on an individual trip. If you are unsure if other students from your institution are signed up for the trip, please check with your school's honors office, or send an e-mail to 


Mandatory Documentation

This year, when you register, you will be required to turn in 3 forms stating your acknowledgement of different NCHC policies while you are a participant on your potential trip. To save you some time while registering, we recommend downloading these files now, digitally or physically signing them, and have them ready to be uploaded with your application.



Tentative Schedule

Preferred Airport

Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD)

Registrants can fly in via connections thru Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Orlando.


Saturday, June 13

·          Arrive at Sioux Falls, SD airport in the late morning/early afternoon

    • (Note: students can fly from Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Orlando)

·         WH Over Museum, USD campus

·          Welcome Dinner at local Vermillion, SD, restaurant

·          Trip orientation and presentation by USD Native American Studies faculty (USD Honors Program Lounge)

·          Overnight at USD (dorms)


Sunday, June 14 (Camp at Niobrara SP)

·          Breakfast (hosted by Berninger family)

·          Spirit Mound Historic Prairie (1.5 mile hike)

·          Mulberry Bend Overlook (NPS site)

·          Ashfall Fossil Beds

·          Picnic Lunch

·          Set up camp

·          Introduction to campfire cooking

·          Campfire Presentation by Missouri River Institute (USD)


Monday, June 15 (Camp at Niobrara SP)

·          Sunrise yoga (Deborah Whitt)

·          Hike at Niobrara SP

·          Ponca Tribal Museum (Niobrara, NE)

·          Picnic Lunch

·          Kayaking at Niobrara

·          Campfire presentation on medicinal plants


Tuesday, June 16 (Camp at Niobrara SP)

·          Sunrise yoga (Deborah Whitt)

·          Canoe clinic at Lake Yankton

·          NPS Service Project: Canoe from Myron Grove to Goat Island (trail maintenance, conservation work)

·          Time for journaling and work on final presentations

·          Campfire presentation on Lewis and Clark


Wednesday, June 17 (Camp at Ponca SP)

·          Sunrise yoga (Deborah Whitt)

·          Pack up camp for move to Ponca SP)

·          Meet with NPS staff at Lewis and Clark Visitor’s Center

·          Presentation on river management : environmental and cultural issues

·          Tour of Gavins Point Dam (Army Corps of Engineers)

·          Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery (US Fish and Wildlife Service)

·          Time permitting, sites in Yankton include: Dakota Territorial Museum (check exhibit schedule), Dakota Territorial Capitol, Meridian Bridge.

·          Campfire dinner

·          Night sky presentation and hike


Thursday, June 18 (Camp at Ponca SP)

·          Sunrise yoga (Deborah Whitt)

·          Hike at Ponca SP

·          Activities at Ponca SP (e.g. hiking, archery, horseback riding)

·          Picnic lunch

·          Presentation on Missouri River travel and commerce

·          Time to prepare final presentations

·          Campfire dinner

·          Night bird hike


Friday, June 19 (Camp at Ponca SP)

·          Sunrise yoga (Deborah Whitt)

·          Service project tbd

·          Lunch and free time

·          Student Presentations

·          Farewell dinner and campfire


Saturday, June 20

·          Drive to Sioux Falls airport. Arrange for flights departing at 10:00 and after, if possible.



Program Size 12 Students
NCHC Member Price $550 (does not include airfare)
NCHC Nonmember Price $1100 (does not include airfare)
Deadline to Register May 13, 2020









If you have any questions regarding your trip specifically, please contact your trip facilitator listed below. They will be sending you more information regarding what to pack, and any supplies you may need for your trip.


Trip Facilitator

Melissa Berninger, University of South Dakota

Deb Whitt, Wayne State College




All requests for refunds MUST be submitted in writing to the national office and RECEIVED no later than thirty days in advance of the trip departure date.

  • Received prior to 30 days before trip departure:          Full refund, less a $50 per person administrative fee
  • Received within 30 days before trip departure:            No refunds granted

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