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Overview of the Itinerary
The schedule and itinerary sets out the various activities in which we are proposing to engage Parkers Prairie 8th grade students during their five days of field investigations in southwestern Minnesota, Badlands National Park, and the southern Black Hills of South Dakota. Our stops are intended to not only give the students an opportunity to gain first-hand familiarity with a wide range of topics (ranging from the Sioux Quartzite [Blue Mounds State Park] to garnets [southern Black Hills]; from sinkholes [the Mammoth Site, Hot Springs SD], to slumps [Missouri River]; from carving traditions of Native Americans [Pipestone National Park] to Jesse James epic flight by horseback through Minnesota and South Dakota [Devils Gulch, Garretson SD]; from ecology [a Nature Conservancy site in the southern Black Hills] to wind-generated electric power [Lake Benton MN]), but, more broadly, to further their sense of curiosity about and inquiry into the world in which we all live.