Field Investigations Trip - 2008

2008 Itinerary

Day 1 - Monday, May 12, 2008
6:15 a.m.  Buses arrive in Parkers Prairie - load students, parent chaperones, staff and gear
6:45 a.m. Buses leave Parkers 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.
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 13, 2008
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 & 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 14, 2008
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 p.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 Hot Springs, KOA
6:00 p.m.    Camp: Hot Springs, KOA
   
Day 4 - Thursday, May 15, 2008
6:30 a.m.  First wake-up call
6:30 a.m. – 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. – 10:30 a.m. Stop 4.1: Wind Cave National Park – Cave tour by park rangers. (Cave tour groups: 9:00 a.m. - Groups 1-2, 9:15 a.m. - Groups 3-5)
10:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m. Hydrology Investigation (our staff and students)/Group Presentations - Wind Cave National Park
12:30 p.m. -- 1:30 p.m. Lunch – Picnic area, Wind Cave
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 and Exploration
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Return to camp and change into swimming gear
4:00 p.m. – 4:30  p.m.  Travel to Cascade Falls
4:30 p.m. -- 6:00 p.m. Swimming at Cascade Falls
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Return to camp, Hot Springs, KOA.
   
Day 5 - Friday, May 16, 2008
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 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.   Arrive back in Parkers Prairie (Note: We lose one hour enroute!)
 

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