Trip Itinerary

Parkers Prairie High School

South Dakota Field Investigations Trip

May 13-17, 2013



Day 1 - Monday, May 13, 2013

6:15 a.m.                               Buses arrive in Parkers Prairie - load students, parent chaperones,
                                             staff and gear

6:45 a.m.                               Buses leave Parkers Prairie for Lake Benton

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.         Stop l.1: Wind energy & electric power generation. Lake Benton

              Visit to wind towers - Discussion with Heather Ulrich and Jim Nichols

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.          Travel to Pipestone National Monument (approximately 20 miles)

11:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.           Stop l.2: Geology and cultural history of Pipestone National  
                                            Monument.  
Trail geology and Native American culture

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.             Travel to Devils Gulch, SD (approximately 30 miles)  

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.             Stop 1.3 Devils Gulch Recreation Area - Jesse James history
                                            and area geology

4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.             Travel to Mitchell KOA.

6:00 p.m.                              Camp: Mitchell KOA, dinner

Day 2 - Tuesday, May 14, 2013
6:30 a.m.                               First wake-up call

6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.             Strike tent, eat breakfast, pack bus

8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.           Leave for Badlands National Park (approximately 210 miles) (Note: We gain 1 hour!)

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.           Stop 2.1 Badlands National Park, overlooks (lunch)

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.            Stop 2.2 Collecting activity and investigation: Agates & fossils, Buffalo
                                            National Grasslands

4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.            Travel to Hot Springs KOA

6:30 p.m.                             Camp: Hot Springs KOA, dinner

Day 3 - Wednesday, May 15, 2013

6:00 a.m.                             First wake-up call

6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.           Breakfast

7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.         Travel to Devil’s Tower, Wyoming

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.         Stop 3.1: Devil’s Tower: Igneous rock and area plate tectonics

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.           Travel through Spearfish Canyon to Lead (90 miles)

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.           Stop 3.2: Homestake Museum, Lead, SD

4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.           Stop 3.3: Mount Rushmore

5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.            Camp: Hot Springs, KOA

Day 4 - Thursday, May 16, 2013

6:30 a.m.                            First wake-up call

6:30 - 7:30  a.m.                 Breakfast, tidy camp

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.                  Depart for Wind Cave National Park

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.       Stop 4.1:Wind Cave National Park

                                        Environmental Assay  Investigation (our staff and students)/Group Presentations 

                                        Ranger Tours: We need to be in front of the visitor center at 10:00 a.m. sharp!

                                           Tour 1: 10:30

                                           Tour 2: 10:45

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.     Lunch - Picnic Area, Wind Cave (Group presentations may happen here,
                                        depending on time.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.       Travel to Hill City

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.         Stop 4.2: Black Hill Geology Research Institute.  Black Hills Geology
                                         Institute Staff - Emphasis:  Fossils and Exploration

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.                  Camp: Hot Springs, KOA

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.                  Swimming at Cascade Falls - Weather permitting

Day 5 Friday, May 17, 2013

6:30 a.m.                            First wake-up call

6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.          Breakfast, strike tent, pack bus

8:00 a.m.                            Leave camp for Parkers Prairie

7:00-8:00 p.m.                    Arrive back in Parkers Prairie (Note: We lose one hour enroute!)
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