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Dinner in the Gorge - What plants & animals did Lewis & Clark eat in the Gorge?

from Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum

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What did Lewis and Clark eat as they passed through the Columbia River Gorge? This program uses the Lewis and Clark journey to explore the ecosystems of grassland-shrub, pine-oak woodland, riparian, and Douglas-fir by sampling the plants and animals hunted or traded for to feed the Corps and maintain equipment while in the Columbia River Gorge near present-day The Dalles, Oregon. Journal entrees from Lewis and Clark reveal nutritious foods forgotten by most inhabitants today. Students will think like a plant, or cope like a critter as dinner at The Dalles is set on the table as Lewis and Clark and native peoples would have dined in 1805.

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About This Program


Multipoint: $125.00
By Request: $125.00


45 to 60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

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

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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. This program begins with a student generated list of what student's think Lewis and Clark ate while in the region of the Columbia River Gorge.
2. Students are invited to guess at what some of the obscure names for plants and animals in the Journals were using today's names (candlefish, prairie wolf, ibex, cous, Indian potato, etc.)
3. Foods of grassland-steppe, riparian, river, and pine-oak-savanna are explored, and their use as foods by the Corps is shared, relying on quotes from the Journals
4. Think Like A Plant- what would you have to do to survive as a plant in the harsh environment around present-day The Dalles?
5. Think like a critter- what would you have to do to survive as a critter in the harsh environment around present-day The Dalles?
6. Changes to the land and river since the Lewis and Clark Expedition are drawn out of the students and discussed


The participant will:
•Recognize ecosystems of the Eastern Gorge and the plants and animals that survive here
•Identify 3 plants and 3 animals vital to Lewis and Clark?s passage through The Gorge
•Describe how plants adapted to the growing conditions in the dry and harsh East side of The Gorge
•Describe how plant, mammal and fish populations have changed since Lewis and Clark, and why
•Explain ways the Native Tribal members contributed to the welfare of the Corps of Discovery as they passed through the Columbia River Gorge

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Life Sciences:
Develop understanding of structure and function of living organisms

Develop understanding of ecosystems

Develop understanding of diversity and adaptations of organisms

History: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, historic 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

Understand the relationships
among living
things and between
living things and their

Understand structure, functions, and interactions of living organisms and the environment.

Use interrelated processes to pose questions and investigate the physical and living world.

Relate significant events and eras in United States and world history to past and present issues and developments.