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

planning
Itinerary

Day 1 - Monday, May 16, 2011

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 l.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 l.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, 2011

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. – 4:00 p.m

Stop 2.2 Collecting activity and investigation: Agates & fossils, Buffalo National Grasslands

4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Travel to Hot Springs, KOA

6:30 p.m.

Camp: Hot Springs, KOA, dinner

Day 3 - Wednesday,
May 18, 2011

5:00 a.m.

First wake-up call (Sorry! It is going t be an early day!)

5:00 a.m. – 5:45 a.m.

Breakfast, tidy camp

6:00 a.m. Load bus, travel to Wind Cave (It is a long drive. Be loaded at 6:00 a.m. sharp!)

8:30 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. to 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

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.     

Stop 4.2: Black Hill Geology Research Institute.  Presentation by Neal Larson
Emphasis:  Fossils and Exploration

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Set-up 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 (Dependent on weather!)

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Camp: Hot Springs, KOA

Day 4 - Thursday,
May 19, 2011

6:00 a.m.

First wake-up call

6:00 – 7:00 a.m.

Breakfast. (We will be staying at the same camp tonight, so no need to pack up! :) )

7:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Travel to Devil’s Tower, Wyoming

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Stop 3.1: Devil’s Tower: Igneous rock and area plate tectonics

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Travel through Spearfish Canyon to Lead, SD (90 miles)

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Stop 3.2: Homestake Museum, Lead, SD

4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Stop 3.3: Mount Rushmore

5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Travel to Hot Springs, KOA

6:45 p.m.

Camp: Hot Springs, KOA

Day 5 - Friday,
May 20, 2011

6:30 a.m.

First wake-up call

6:30 – 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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