Parkers Prairie High School

South Dakota Field Investigations Trip

May 15-19, 2006

devils tower

Final Itinerary and Schedule

Day 1 - Monday, May 15, 2006

6:15 a.m.

Buses arrive in Parkers Prairie - load students, parent chaperones, staff and gear

 

 

6:45 a.m.

Buses leave ParkerŐs Prairie for Lake Benton

 

 

 

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  

Stop 1.1: Wind energy & electric power generation in southwestern Minnesota.

Visit to construction yard & 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.

VisitorŐs 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 16, 2006

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)

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 & 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 17, 2006

6:00 a.m.

First wake-up call

 

 

 

 

6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.

Strike tents, eat breakfast, pack bus

 

 

7:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Travel to DevilŐs Tower, Wyoming

 

 

10:30 a.m.– 2:30 a.m. 

Stop 3.1: DevilŐs 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 Hot Springs, KOA

 

 

6:00 p.m.

Camp: Hot Springs, KOA

 

 

 

 

Day 4 - Thursday, May 18, 2006

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

 

 

 

 

8:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Stop 4.1: Wind Cave National Park – Hydrology presentation & tour by Park Service staff

 

 

 

 

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Travel to Black Hills Geology Institute, Lunch on the bus

 

 

 

 

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.     

Stop 4.2: Black Hills Geology Research Institute.  Presentation by museum staff.

Emphasis:  Fossils (Dinosaurs / 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, Hot Springs, KOA.

 

 

 

 

Day 5 - Friday, May 19, 2006

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!)