Dordt College News

See the Great Plains June 6-12

October 23, 2003

A Lewis and Clark Trail tour, with all the beauty of the Great Plains and all the comforts of a motor coach tour, is being offered by Dordt College.

The June 6-12, 2004, trip begins at Dordt College, as trail guides Robb De Haan and James Schaap gather adult adventurers for this “learning vacation” from Sioux City to Pierre, S.D.

Storyteller and author, Dr. Jim Schaap, will make the history of the Great Plains both entertaining and educational as he shares insights into the Lakota Sioux and Dutch immigrant culture on the plains.

Dr. Robb De Haan will share from his extensive knowledge of prairie plants, flowers and wild life, showcasing the Missouri River where his great-great-grandfather settled. A professor of environmental studies at Dordt College, De Haan will discuss the changes in the river since Lewis and Clark’s maiden voyage and point out native mammals and birds, along with the difference between Native American and Dutch immigrant use of the prairie.

Locations visited during the six-day tour include Sioux City, Vermillion, Platte, Chamberlain and Pierre. Travelers will see the Broken Kettle Prairie Preserve, Spirit Mound, the Lakota Museum, the Oahe Dam, La Framboise Island, Fort Pierre National Grasslands, the buffalo ranch filmed in “Dances with Wolves,” the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center and go on a riverboat ride.

The cost for this “Great Plains Experience” is $250, plus three nights of hotel lodging and most meals. Host families at Platte, S.D., will treat travelers on the first night of the tour to an evening meal and free lodging.

For more information or to register for the trip, contact Dianne De Witt at 712-722-6029 or see tour details and registration at Great Plains

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