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We Call Them Conference Educational Experiences

MPMA’s Host Committee has organized half and full-day experiences so attendees can see how Montana sites apply history, art and science to their interpretation. These experiences are educationally oriented and designed to enhance your session and workshop training.  Walking shoes are recommended; dress in layers for evening and altitude excursions.

Pre-registration is required, must show ticket to board bus.

Tours are scheduled for Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Wednesday, September 12, 2018, and Saturday, September 15, 2018.  Come early or stay later and take one of the many Tour options available!

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018: Special Yellowstone National Park Tour

NEVER BEEN TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK? NOW’S YOUR CHANCE!

Montana Fun Adventures is offering a special one-day tour of Yellowstone to MPMA conference attendees on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

This guided tour enters Yellowstone National Park through the Roosevelt Arch, dedicated by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903. The next stop will be the park headquarters at Mammoth Hot Springs. View (and smell!) this amazing natural feature and stop by the Albright Visitor Center located within the historic Bachelor Officers Quarters of Fort Yellowstone. The tour will move along towards the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with stops at Artists point, Canyon Village (with gift shops), and the Canyon Visitor Education Center and Yellowstone Volcano center. Continue through the active and colorful mud pots and geysers and take a fascinating walk in the Norris Geyer Basin. Of course, there will be opportunities to view the Old Faithful Geyser, Old Faithful Inn, the Grand Prismatic Springs, and Yellowstone Lake. Keep your eyes peeled, as the trip will meander through some of our nation’s iconic wildlife viewing areas!

A picnic box lunch will be provided and there will be a stop for dinner on your own.

The tour will enter Yellowstone at the north entrance and will return to Billings by way of the east entrance and Cody, Wyoming.

COST: $220 PER PERSON PLUS TAX AND FEES

TIMING:
6:00 am Bus arrive at Billings Hotel and Convention Center

6:30 am depart for YNP

11:00pm return time

WHAT TO BRING
Snacks, your favorite non - alcoholic beverages (a cooler will be on board with water), camera, binoculars, light to medium weight jacket, comfortable shoes (walking will be on boardwalks or sidewalks). Walkers, canes and light weight wheel chairs are welcome.

HOW TO REGISTER
Register through Montana Fun Adventures Tours at: www.montanafunadventures.com or call 406-254-7180.

Select Yellowstone Park tour and the date September 11: you will find custom YNP tour. Click and you will be guided though the steps. Once you have completed your registration, you will be emailed a confirmation number with your receipt.

Due to weather or road conditions some of the routes may change for safety reasons.

REGISTER BY JULY 15TH

CANCELLATION POLICY
Full refund minus a $20 handing fee for cancellations before August 10. Cancellations after August 10 will not be refunded. Montana Fun Adventures reserves the right to cancel this tour due to lack of interest and registrants will be notified by August 10 and will be issued a full refund.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

All Day Tours

Pre-registration required.  $55 registrants / $65 guests

T1: MUSEUMS, ART, AND NATURE TOUR
Bus loads at 7:30. Departs hotel at 7:45. Returning to Conference hotel at 4:15.

Limited to 25 people.

Enjoy a one hour and 30-minute drive to the Tippet Rise Art Center, set amid the rolling foothills of the spectacular Beartooth-Absaroka Mountains, in Fishtail, Montana. The Tippet Rise Art Center features classical music and large-scale contemporary sculptures fixed among a 10,000-acre working ranch. Selected as “Best Museum of the Year, North America” by Leading Cultural Destinations Awards in 2017, Tippet Rise links nature, architecture, art, and music in a dramatic landscape.

After a scenic drive and lunch in the Grizzly Bar in Roscoe, the tour will continue to Columbus and the Museum of the Beartooths (MOB), which explores local history at the confluence of the Stillwater and Yellowstone Rivers. Guide Penny Redli will provide Crow Indian history, featuring the second Crow Agency, on the drive to Columbus.

Leaving the MOB, the tour will head back to Billings and the Montana Audubon Center. Located within walking distance of the Yellowstone River, the Montana Audubon Center is a conservation education facility, working in partnership with the regional Yellowstone River Parks Association, providing a variety of programs and outdoor educational experiences.

Guides: Carolyn Sevier, Director, Montana Audubon Center & Penny Pedli, Director, Museum of the Beartooths.
PHOTO: Rowene Weems

T2: POMPEYS PILLAR (LEWIS & CLARK NATIONAL MONUMENT) AND LITTLE BIGHORN BATTLEFIELD
Bus loads at 8:00. Bus departs hotel at 8:15. Returning to Conference hotel at 4:45

Limited to 54 people.

A full day tour of two of Montana’s most significant historic sites. The tour begins with a 30 minute drive to Pompeys Pillar National Monument where, on July 25, 1806, William Clark of the Lewis & Clark expedition left the only known on-site evidence of the Corps of Discovery’s search for the Northwest Passage—his signature—carved in stone. Captain Clark named the Pillar “Pompy’s Tower” in honor of Sacagawea’s son Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, whom he had nicknamed “Pomp.” Spend the morning exploring this famous site along the Yellowstone River and enjoy the exhibits at the Pompeys Pillar Interpretive Center, a 5,700-square foot museum interpreting Clark’s return down the Yellowstone in 1806.

The tour then heads to Hardin and the Big Horn County Museum for a picnic lunch. After lunch, the tour moves to the Little Bighorn Battlefield, the site where George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry were defeated by a combined force of Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho. The area memorializes the U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry and also the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho in one of their last armed efforts to preserve their way of life. The national monument has an interpretive center, driving tour, national cemetery and memorial.

Guide: Shane Doyle, Ed.D. is a Crow tribal member with an extensive background in education, history, and cultural programming and projects. Dr. Doyle is a lead actor and consultant for the History Channel’s “Lost Treasures of the Little Bighorn Battle, set to premiere this summer.

Sponsored by James R. and Christine M. Scott

T3: BILLINGS MUSEUM TRIPPER
Bus loads at 8:00. Bus departs hotel at 8:15. Returning to Conference hotel at 4:00

Limited to 32 people.

Come see what Billings has to offer! The morning will allow us to stretch our legs and be outdoors as we visit the historic Billings Railroad Depot and the outdoor history exhibit, Pictograph Cave State Park, and the Luther Sage “Yellowstone” Kelly Interpretive Site. Pictograph Cave State Park, just 15-minutes from downtown Billings, is a National Historic Landmark dedicated to interpreting and preserving pictographs and artifacts found in three sandstone caves. At the Yellowstone Kelly site, you’ll visit his grave and view interpretive panels to learn the story of the famous fur trader, scout, and war veteran.

A picnic lunch on the observation deck of the nearby Yellowstone County Museum, will give you a great view of Billings and the Yellowstone River Valley, and allow you to explore one of the region’s best collections relating to life in the Yellowstone River Valley. The tour moves on to the Moss Mansion Historic House Museum. The palatial mansion, designed by architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh (New York’s Waldorf Astoria and Plaza Hotel), offers unrivaled craftsmanship, exquisite décor, and revitalized programming.

The final stop will be Wise Wonders Children’s Museum, the newest museum to grace the Billings’ landscape. The educational center provides a playful learning environment for children and families. At each stop, staff will introduce their facilities.

Guide: Matthew Fesmire, Director, Yellowstone County Museum

T4: HISTORIC RED LODGE & THE BEARTOOTH PASS
Bus loads at 7:45. Bus departs hotel at 8:00. Returning to Conference hotel at 4:45.

Limited to 32 people.

This full day trip takes you to the historic mining town of Red Lodge, at the base of the Beartooth-Absaroka Mountains, and to the top of Beartooth Highway, above the tree-line at over 9,000 feet.

Enjoy an early morning drive on beautiful highway 212 to Red Lodge. At Red Lodge you’ll have plenty of time to roam the historic downtown and visit the Red Lodge Clay Center, Carbon County Arts Guild, and Carbon County Historical Society and museum. We’ll enjoy a catered Italian buffet by Robert Carrington, chef and co-owner of the Red Lodge’s Pom Italian, hosted by The Carbon County Historical Society. After lunch, experience an exhilarating drive up the Beartooth Pass “the most beautiful drive in America,” stopping at the Observation Point with an elevation of 9,190’ ASL. This scenic mountain road, which leads to the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park, often closes by early October. Look for Yellowbellied Marmots, Pika, and Mountain Goats on the Pass - also bring a jacket!

The return to Billings will feature a stop by the Gallery of Charles Ringer, famous for his kinetic and structural sculpture, to meet Charles and view some of his work.

Guide: Sarah TV Russell, Director, Carbon County Historical Society.

Half Day Tour in the Afternoon

T5: HISTORIC DOWNTOWN BILLINGS WALKING TOUR AND A BEER
Shuttle loads at 2:30. Departs hotel at 2:45. Returning to Conference hotel at 5:00.

Pre-registration required.  No fee.  Limited to 20 people.

The tour starts at 3PM at the historic Parmly Billings Library, now home to the Western Heritage Center, in downtown Billings. In 1882, the Northern Pacific Railway created Billings. Spend an hour walking the streets with Kevin Kooistra, director of the Western Heritage Center, to learn why the railroad placed its tracks through the middle of downtown and how this continues to shape our history today. We finish by sampling some of Montana’s best micro-brews at Angry Hanks—an old-time service station turned brewpub. They serve eight delicious ales on tap including Anger Management Belgian-style Wheat & Street Fight Imperial Red.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Half Day Tours in the Afternoon

Pre-registration required. $35 registrants/$45 guests

T6: HUNTLEY PROJECT MUSEUM OF IRRIGATED AGRICULTURE & POMPEYS PILLAR (LEWIS & CLARK NATIONAL MONUMENT)
Bus loads at 1:30. Bus departs hotel at 1:45. Returning to Conference hotel at 5:15pm

Limited to 32 people.

Head east of Billings to Pompeys Pillar National Monument where, on July 25, 1806, William Clark of the Lewis & Clark expedition left the only known on-site evidence of the Corps of Discovery’s search for the Northwest Passage—his signature—carved in stone. Captain Clark named the Pillar “Pompy’s Tower” in honor of Sacagawea’s son Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, whom he had nicknamed “Pomp.” Spend the morning exploring this famous site along the Yellowstone River and enjoy the exhibits at the Pompeys Pillar Interpretive Center, a 5,700-square foot museum interpreting Clark’s return down the Yellowstone in 1806.

The tour moves to the neighboring Huntley Museum of Irrigated Agriculture. The Huntley Irrigation Project began operations in 1907 as one of the first large scale federally sponsored irrigation projects in the United States. A collection of homestead buildings, turn of the century farm implements, and artifacts interpret local and agricultural history.

Guide: Kelli Maxwell, Director, Huntley Museum of Irrigated Agriculture
Sponsored by the Montana History Foundation

T7: CREATING A HERITAGE TRAIL
Bus loads at 1:30. Bus departs hotel at 1:45. Returning to Conference hotel by 4:45

Limited to 32 people.

Through the combined efforts of the City of Billings, the Billings Chamber of Commerce, and several community organizations, an effort to surround Billings with a network of walking trails with historical interpretation is now underway. Join Mayor Bill Cole and cartographer Ralph Saunders as they introduce you to the trail system and the recently completed Luther Sage “Yellowstone” Kelly grave and interpretive site along the rimrocks. You’ll also visit an undeveloped site along the trail to hear the plans for future development and interpretation of the William Clark crossing site on the Yellowstone River. A great trip for those wanting to improve your community by including historical interpretation along a system of walking trails.

Guide: Billings Mayor Bill Cole

T8: CHIEF PLENTY COUPS STATE PARK (CROW INDIAN RESERVATION)
Bus loads at 1:30. Bus departs hotel at 1:45. Returning to Conference hotel at 5:15pm

Limited to 32 people.

This afternoon excursion will take you to Chief Plenty Coups State Park, situated within the Crow Indian Reservation in south-central Montana, 35 minutes south of Billings. This day-use park preserves the log home, sacred spring, and farmstead of Chief Plenty Coups. Plenty Coups (Aleek-chea-ahoosh, meaning “many achievements”) was a man of war—and then a man of peace—whose vision helped lead his people from the arduous transition of nomadism to settlement on a reservation. The on-site museum introduces visitors to Crow culture and Plenty Coups far-reaching impact. The state park is a National Historic Landmark.

Guide: Aaron Kind, Park Manager, Chief Plenty Coups State Park

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