Corps of Discovery: The Lewis and Clark Expedition - FREE

by  National Museum of the U.S. Army

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Virtual Field Trips connect students to the Museum all without leaving their desks. During this field trip, students will engage with the Army’s history through artifacts, primary sources, and Soldiers’ Stories.

The Corps of Discovery was the Army’s first diplomatic mission. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark received orders from President Thomas Jefferson to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Territory and find a water passageway to the Pacific Ocean. In this virtual field trip, examine primary sources to learn more about the crew, American Indian culture, and the natural landscape. Discover the mission’s lasting impacts and consequences for the Army, the nation, and the American Indians who inhabited the land.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $0.00


This program is free.


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

This program can be reserved Monday - Sunday, 9 - 3:30 p.m. EDT.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made 48 hours prior to the start of the program.

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National Museum of the U.S. Army

Fort Belvoir, VA
United States

The National Museum of the United States Army provides the only comprehensive portrayal of Army history and traditions through the eyes of the American Soldier. Through preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting invaluable artifacts, the National Army Museum creates learning opportunities for all visitors and bonds the American people to their oldest military service.

We are America’s Army Museum.

Program Details


This program guides participants through an examination of primary resources to learn more about the Army's first diplomatic expedition into the Louisiana. Territory. Participants will be encouraged to examine primary sources and answer questions about them. Time will be allowed for questions and answers.


At the end of this lesson students, will be able to:

- Describe how the Lewis and Clark Expedition carried out its mission.
- Identify aspects of the American Indian culture in the Louisiana Territory.
- List the scientific contributions of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
- Summarize the lasting consequences of the Corps of Discovery.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Common Core Standards

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

State Standards

History and Social Science Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools

United States History to 1865
USI.8 The student will apply history and social science skills to explain westward expansion and reform in America from 1801 to 1861
A) by describing how territorial expansion affected the political map of the United States, including, but not limited to the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition and the role of Sacagawea, the acquisitions of Florida, Texas, Oregon, and California, and the results of the Mexican American War;

Virginia and United States History
VUS.7 The student will apply history and social science skills to analyze major events in Virginia and United States history during the first half of the 19th century by
e) describing the political results of territorial expansion and its impact on Indigenous peoples;