Day 1 – Monday, 12 May 2003

6:30 a.m. Parker’s Prairie: buses: load students, parent chaperones, staff and gear
7:00 a.m. Buses leave Parker’s Prairie for Morris
8:30 a.m. Buses arrive Morris, pick up UMM student staff & load kitchen/cooking gear
9:00 a.m. Buses leave Morris
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Travel from Morris – Lake Benton (approximately 75 miles)
(Morning snack en route)
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Stop l.1: Wind energy & electric power generation in southwestern Minnesota. Visit to visitor center and presentation by personnel of Wind Energy Center. (Approximately 20 minutes at wind energy generation tower.)
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch, Lake Benton. Hole-in-the-Mountain County Park with shelter/tables/run-around area
1:15 p.m.– 1:45 p.m. Travel to Pipestone National Monument (approximately 20 miles)
1:45 – 4:30 p.m. Stop l.2: Geology and cultural history of Pipestone National Monument.
Visitor’s center - small museum; carving of pipestone, significance to Native Americans, cultural history of area. Geology. (Presentation by National Park Service staff and Native American carvers). Afternoon snack approximately 3:00 p.m.
4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Travel to Blue Mounds State Park.
5:00 p.m. Stop l.3 – Blue Mounds State Park, Sioux Quartzite, buffalo herd
6:00 p.m. Camp: Blue Mounds State Park - dinner and post-dinner discussion/review of day