Our culturally enriched school field trip program offers our students a chance to connect what they learn in textbooks with the outside world. Following their curriculum, these students are given the opportunity to experience “Hands on the Land” interpretation of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in a real, authentic setting.
*During each school group or home school group visit, there are two main programs given throughout the tour, taught by our well experienced Interpretation Rangers and Volunteers.
*Pillar and Visitor Center programs will always be included in the tour. Nature Walk and Animal Talk programs are dependent on staff. Black Powder & Firearm program needs to be scheduled in advance.
Pillar – Explore the trails that lead past a replica of Captain Clark’s canoes and hike the boardwalk to view Captain Clark’s signature – the last remaining physical evidence of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and climb all the way to the top of the Pillar for an amazing view of the Yellowstone River.
Visitor Center – Explore the Exhibits in the Interpretive Center that cover Captain Clark and his detachment’s journey, including Sacagawea and her son Jean Baptiste Charbonneau (Baby Pomp). Explore other Exhibits that focus on native culture, flora and fauna, the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the history of Pompeys Pillar. There is also a short film featured called “About the Expedition” available.
Nature Walk – Enjoy bird watching and wildlife viewing, plant and tree identification, and the geological features of the site.
Animal Talk – Explore the cabin at the base of the Pillar and discover the “Animals of the Expedition.”
Black Powder & Firearms – Historical black powder weapons demonstrations.
*For school group and home school group visits, there are no entry fees*
To schedule a tour, please contact the Pompeys Pillar National Monument office at (406)-875-2400, or email BLM_MT_PPNM_pillarschoolgroups@blm.gov.
For financial assistance in busing transportation costs, please contact the Friends of Pompeys Pillar office through the contact information here:
Mail: PO Box 23535 Billings, MT 59104
Friends of Pompeys Pillar Phone: (406)-969-5380
Note: Assistance is limited and paid on a first come, first serve basis.