--Meeting Sacagawea.

--Trading with the Shoshones, Nez Pierce, and Clatsop tribes.

--Scaling mountains and traversing passes.

--Navigating the Missouri, Ohio, Snake, and the mighty Columbia Rivers.

--Standing on the edge of the continent braced against the thundering waves of the Pacific.

 

All of these experiences are recorded in the men's voluminous journals.

 

Investigate Lewis and Clark's scientific discoveries, and get your kids excited about making their own journals. Spend an afternoon taking note of plants and animals around your home, drawing and describing the details for President Jefferson back in Washington. Learn about Native American tribes Lewis and Clark met during their trip. Study the geography of the Great Plains states to the Pacific. Practice mapping.

 

Take advantage of the "creative" spelling and grammar of that era (pre-Noah Webster's 1828 dictionary, which standardized American English). Have your children correct the spelling and grammar in assigned short sections of the journals.

 

Backpack the Lolo Trail, along the border of Montana and Idaho, near Lehmi Pass, where Lewis crossed the Continental Divide.

 

Who knows, maybe your child has a future as a historian, scientist, or anthropologist! Don't miss this opportunity to enliven your home-school program and take advantage of a unique moment in history.

 

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