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Fort Mandan offers full-day outdoor adventure

Posted on 6/26/2014

WASHBURN - On Sat. June 28, the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation is offering a rare, day-long outdoor adventure, "Of Field and Stream." Participants will do some canoeing, bison watching, nature walking and virtual birding during the program, which begins at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn.

This event is in partnership with the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Cross Ranch State Park and the Nature Conservancy's Cross Ranch Preserve, each of which will be visited during the day's activities. Registration is required for the program and limited to 15 participants. Participation in the program costs $25 and includes canoe rental, transportation between sites and lunch.

Participants will gather at 8:30 a.m. at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center to prepare for a canoe trip from Washburn to Cross Ranch State Park. At the park, the group will enjoy lunch under the cottonwoods and a guided nature walk. Next, the group will travel to nearby Cross Ranch Preserve for views of bison in their native range and lessons on grassland ecology. The day will wrap up back in Washburn with a visit to Fort Mandan and an entertaining look at the 28 bird species mentioned by Lewis and Clark in North Dakota.

"During this event, visitors will be treated to experiences on land and water that will help them better understand North Dakota's past by gaining a new perspective on what they see around them," said the Foundation's interpretive program coordinator Jeff Carlson. "There's much to be learned about our area's unique history by getting outdoors where landscape, geography and nature can open our eyes to what's special about the place we call home."

There are still slots available. For more information, or to register for the program, click here or call 877-462-8535.

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