Kids' 'Eggs-pedition' Hunt
1 pm Saturday, April 13

Kids will “hop” with excitement during an expedition egg hunt at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at the Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. Admission and treats will be free.

Participants will search for colored eggs hidden on the Center’s grounds. Each colored egg will contain a prize inspired by the Corps of Discovery’s search for the Northwest Passage.

“Participants will imagine the Corps of Discovery on its own kind of ‘egg hunt,’” says Sara Olson, the Center’s Education Coordinator. “But instead of looking for candy-filled eggs, they were searching for a water route known as the Northwest Passage.”

The Corps of Discovery did not celebrate Easter during its 1804-06 expedition. In early April 1805, the explorers were preparing to leave winter camp at Fort Mandan in present-day North Dakota. “The party are in excellent health and spirits, zealously attached to the enterprise,” Capt. Meriwether Lewis wrote on April 7, 1805.

The captains hoped to find a water passage to the Pacific Ocean to promote fur trade. However, they soon learned that the Rocky Mountains were an obstacle to that goal.