Lewis and Clark in Washington
Shrub Steppe Habitat
The Franklin County Historical Museum is planning
many activities to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Corps
of Discovery. As you may know, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
led the expedition through this area as they traveled toward
the Pacific Ocean.
Our historical museum needs your help in gathering
information about the plants, birds and mammals currently found
in our local shrub steppe habitat. We would like your class to
help set up a unit of study which would enable other classes
of primary students to participate in a variety of hands on "in-the-field"
experiences. Our local historical society would also like museum
guests to enjoy a "Then and Now" journey of Lewis and
Clark as they traveled through our area. We would like this to
be a multimedia presentation, a virtual journey through our local
shrub steppe habitat. Questions that we are frequently asked
include: What plants and animals did the members of the Corps
see? Which plants and animals were used for food? What kind of
medicine did the men use when they got sick? How did Lewis and
Clark map the area? What tools did they use?
With the bicentennial of the Corps of Discovery
approaching, I know that people will be asking what this area
looked like then and how has it changed since the days of Lewis
and Clark. I understand that classes at Amistad Elementary are
currently doing research with the Lewis and Clark journals to
gather information from the members of the Corps of Discovery.
We suggest that you collaborate with them. They should be able
to recommend some good Websites for you to explore.
Our local historical museum would like your
habitat research investigations to be added to the network of
Lewis and Clark study sites being created for the bicentennial.
Please be ready to share your action plan with us and have your
formal presentation ready to present at a future board meeting.
Remember, a virtual trip "through the eyes" of the
Corps of Discovery team is our focus. We understand a network
of Lewis and Clark cybersites will also be developed. We encourage
you to participate in that journey by contributing to the Website
being designed by students at Amistad and Canyon View Elementary
Enjoy the journey,
Jacque Sonderman, Curator
Author: Vicki Mitchell, Southgate Elementary School, Kennewick, WA
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November 7, 1998 - Updated: October 18, 1999