1523 14th St. West, Ste. 2
Billings, MT 59102

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 23535
Billings, MT 59104

Teacher Tote Program

The Teacher Tote Education Program was created in 2015 through the hard work of Americorps VISTA members to encourage low income elementary children to get outside and learn about the wondeTeacher Tote Bags 349rful history, natural resources, and cultural heritage that Montana has to offer. The program consists of tote bags that are filled with lesson plans, fun activities, extra reading materials and props. Each lesson plan was developed by a Americorps VISTA member and a Billings School District Elementary teacher. All lesson plans satisfy Billings school district, common core, and Indian Education for All standards. A volunteer can visit your classroom or totes can be checked out to use in the classroom.

If you would like to schedule a class visit to Pompeys Pillar National Monument please call us at (406) 969-5380. We schedule class visits all year.


Each Tote Bag includes a lesson plan complete with vocabulary words, student self assessment, activities, props to go with the activities, and more detailed information about each lesson.

1. In their Shoes

Content Area: Social Studies/Language Art
Objectives: The student will…

  • Construct a packing list for Lewis and Clark
  • Identify differences between modern day and past conveniences
  • Recognize the hardships of the journey of Lewis and Clark through the process of comparing and contrasting

2. The Crossing

Content Area: Language Arts/History/Social Studies
Objectives: The student will…

  • Generate a visualization of the Lewis and Clark Expedition through the medium of read aloud
  • Relate the connection between word choice and visualization
  • Develop background information on the Lewis and Clark expedition

3. Readers Theater: The Lewis and Clark Expedition

Content Area: Language Arts/Social Studies
Objectives: The student will…

  • Increase their knowledge about the Lewis and Clark expedition through the medium of readers theater
  • Engage in an activity that will develop fluency

4. Begin the Adventure: Part 1

Content Area: Science
Objective: The student will…

  • Make sense of exploration by becoming explores themselves
  • Compare and contrast two different habitats; distinguishing characteristics of
  • Identify, record, and give examples of different species of birds, animals, and plants

5. Pompeys Pillar Food Web: Part 2

Content Area: Science
Objective: The student will…

  • Break down a concept or idea into parts and show the relationship among the parts
  • Interpret and summarize the ideas in own words
  • Apply and abstract idea in a concrete situation to solve a problem or relate it to a prior experience

6. Pompeys Pillar Field Trip: Observe, Classify, Record: Part 3

Content Area: Science
Objective: The student will…

  • Observe, classify, and record the components of the ecosystem at Pompeys Pillar
  • Discuss the differences between both the ecosystem at school and the ecosystem at Pompeys Pillar
  • Consider ways in which the presence of wildlife can be seen as an indicator of environmental quality


Calling all 4th Graders!

The Every Kid in a Park program is a federal program with the goal of getting 4th graders (YOU) outside and learning about our nations public lands. By participating in the Every Kid in a Park program, each of you will receive a free entrance pass to all National Parks in the United States for one year.

What does this mean?

  • You will receive a free entrance pass to all National Parks
  • This pass works in all federal lands including National Monument, Bureau of Land Management lands, National Historic Landmarks
  • This pass is good for you and your family or the equivalent of 1 car full of people
  • Pass is good from 1 year September to September only. You have to be in 4th grade or about to go into 4th grade

How do I get the pass?

Get out and enjoy your public lands! If you live in or around Billings, Pompeys Pillar National Monument is your closest federal land! Come out and enjoy a day learning about Lewis and Clark! Hope to see you there!


Video Presentations:

Lewis and Clark Trade Goods

Baby Pomp


Summer in Montana