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Skills & Cargo of Lewis and Clark

from Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum

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This program first familiarizes students with the Lewis
& Clark expedition before asking them to question what skills might be required
for the Corps members to be successful on their journey as well as what they would
need to take with them. Students and the instructor then explore the skills of
various members of the expedition that contributed to its success as well as technology
of the time by examining specific equipment and supplies that the Corps of Discovery
used over 200 years ago. Topics include medicine, scientific instruments, goods
intended for trade with indigenous tribes, camping equipment, arms, clothing,
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About This Program


By Request: $125.00


45 to 60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Public Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Sciences, Problem Solving

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

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Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum

The Dalles, OR
United States

We are the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the Historical Museum for Wasco County. We offer a wide variety of natural and cultural programs. We are accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Rebekah Rafferty
5412968600 ext209

Program Details


1. Introduction
2. Show student where we are located in relation to the Expedition of Lewis and Clark.
3. Using presentation students will brainstorm what they would take with them on a trip across the country.
4. Using pictures, artifacts, and video presentations students will learn about what Lewis and Clark took with them on their expedition 200 years ago to exlore and map the Louisiana Purchase.
5. Conclusion


The students will be able to:

Describe the Cargo of Lewis and Clark.
Tell why certain items were selected for the expedition.
Describe the technology of 1804.
Explore training required to prepare Corps of Discovery members.
Explain 3 experimental items that were taken by Lewis and Clark.
Analyze the challenges of packing for the expedition.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

The student understands the international background and consequences of the Louisiana Purchase, the War of 1812, and the Monroe Doctrine.

The student engages in historical analysis and interpretation.

Formulate historical questions from encounters with historical documents, eyewitness accounts, letters, diaries, artifacts, photos, historical sites, art, architecture, and other records from the past.

Obtain historical data from a variety of sources, including: library and museum collections, historic sites, historical photos, journals, diaries, eyewitness accounts, newspapers, and the like; documentary films; and so on.

Interrogate historical data by determining by whom and when it was created; testing the data source for its credibility, authority and authenticity; and detecting and evaluating bias, distortion, and propaganda by omission, suppression, or invention of facts.

State Standards

Trace the route and understand the significance of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Identify and understand significant events, developments, groups, and people in the history of Oregon from post-American Revolution until 1900.
Examine an event, issue, or problem through inquiry and research.
Clarify key aspects of an event, issue, or problem through inquiry and research.
Summarize, analyze, and interpret data from investigations.
Summarize and analyze data including possible sources of error. Explain results and offer reasonable and accurate interpretations and implications.