Parkers Prairie High School
South Dakota Field Investigations Trip
May 16 - 20, 2005

Day 1 -- Monday, May 16, 2005
6:15 a.m. Buses arrive in Parkers Prairie - load students, parent chaperones, staff and gear  
6:45 a.m.   Buses leave Parkers Prairie High School for Morris  
8:15 a.m.   Buses arrive Morris, pick up UMM student staff and load kitchen and cooking gear  
8:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m. Travel from Morris to Lake Benton (approximately 75 miles)
10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
Stop 1.1: Wind energy and electric power generation in southwestern Minnesota.Visit to construction yard and towers, discussion  
11:15 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.  Travel to Pipestone National Monument (approximately 20 miles)
11:45 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Stop 1.2: Geology and cultural history of Pipestone National Monument.     
Visitor's center, carving of pipestone and trail geology  
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.    Travel to Devils Gulch, SD (approximately 30 miles) 
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m Stop 1.3: Devils Gulch Recreation Area - Jesse James history and area geology  
4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.   Travel to Mitchell KOA.
6:00 p.m.     

Camp: Mitchell KOA, dinner

Day 2 -- Tuesday, May 17, 2005
6:30 a.m. First wake-up call
6:30 a.m. -7:30 a.m.

Strike tent, eat breakfast, pack bus

8:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.  Leave for Badlands National Park (approximately 210 miles)                                   
(Note: We gain 1 hour!)
11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Stop 2.1 Badlands National Park, overlooks (lunch)
1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m Stop 2.2 Collecting activity and investigation: Agates and fossils, Buffalo National Grasslands
5:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Travel to Badlands KOA
6:00 p.m.   Camp: Badlands KOA, dinner
Day 3 -- Wednesday, May 18, 2005
6:00 a.m. First wake-up call
6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m.   Strike tent, eat breakfast, pack bus
7:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m Travel to Devil's Tower, Wyoming
10:30 a.m.-2:30 a.m.  Stop 3.1: Devil's Tower: Igneous rock and area plate tectonics
2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.   Travel through Spearfish Canyon to Lead (90 miles)
3:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m.  Stop 3.2: Homestake Museum, Lead, SD
4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m.   Stop 3.3: Mount Rushmore
5:45 p.m.-6:00 p.m Travel to Hill City, SD
6:00 p.m. Camp: Hill City, KOA
Day 4 -- Thursday, May 19, 2005
6:30 a.m.    First wake-up call
6:30-7:30 a.m.  Breakfast, tidy camp (We stay here again tonight!)
8:00 a.m.     Load bus, travel to Wind Cave
8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Stop 4.1: Wind Cave National Park - Presentation and tour by Park Service staff  
1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.  Travel to Black Hills Geology Research Institute, Lunch on the bus
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Stop 4.2: Black Hill Geology Research Institute.  Presentation by museum staff. Emphasis:  Fossils (Dinosaurs and T. Rex), minerals
3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.  Travel to Cascade Falls
4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Swimming at Cascade Falls, Cook-out
6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Return to camp, Hill City KOA.
Day 5 - Friday, May 20, 2005
6:30 a.m.   First wake-up call
6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m. Breakfast, strike tent, pack bus
8:00 a.m.  Leave camp for Parkers Prairie
7:00-8:00 p.m. Arrive back in Parkers Prairie (Note: We lose one hour enroute!)

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