“Snow Place Like Home: Winter on the Trail” - Free Drop-In Activity for Kids
1:00 - 3:00 pm Saturday, February 1, 2020

Snowy encounters and slime will be the focus of “Snow Place Like Home: Winter on the Trail,” a hands-on, drop-in kids’ activity from 1 to 3 pm Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. Admission, materials, and treats will be free.

Participants will explore some of the Lewis & Clark Expedition’s winter activities, including its New Years’ celebration and encounters with the Native people. Kids will also make “ice-cake slime” to take home. “There is a great journal entry about the Captains’ experience with some ice “cakes” (or icebergs) in the Missouri River,” says Sara Olson, the Center’s Education Coordinator. “During the spring thaw of March 1805, bits of ice chunks were breaking apart. Captain Clark wrote, ‘I observed extrodanary dexterity of the [Mandan] Indians in jumping from one Cake of ice to another.’ These individuals from the Mandan tribe were retrieving frozen buffalo that had gotten stuck that winter.”

The expedition spent the winter of 1804-05 in present-day North Dakota, repairing equipment, making clothing, and stocking up on food. It was also the Captains’ last chance to finish their reports and specimens to send to President Thomas Jefferson in the spring. “The Captains and their men were also able to learn about and learn from the Mandan and Hidatsa tribe during their winter encampment,” says Olson.