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Preserving the Legacy: Restoring Historic Buildings in Montana’s Clearwater Crossing

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Program #21160RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Ninemile Ranger Station sits at 3500 feet and Missoula, MT sits at 3205 feet in elevation

Equipment Requirements
Equipment will be supplied. Bring work clothes, gloves, safety glasses; comfortable, sturdy work/walking shoes or boots; water bottle (at high altitudes you are more susceptible to dehydration and altitude sickness. Carrying a water bottle with you and drinking plenty of water is of utmost importance to avoid these unpleasant and sometimes dangerous problems.) Bring your own tool belt with your favorite tools if you wish.

Itinerary for Sep 8 — Sep 14, 2013

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Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Just three miles from downtown, one can easily great restaurants and unique shops while staying at the Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn. There are many charming free time attractions nearby. These attractions include: Missoula Smokejumpers Visitor's Center, Carousel-Dragon Hollow Park, Larchmont Golf Course and Montana Snow Bowl Ski Area. Montana Rock Creek, Glacier National Park and Garnet Ghost Town are also can't miss vacation options before or after the program. The stunning scenery of the mountains or Missoula Valley surround the hotel. The hotel's complementary full breakfast includes pancakes, coffee, scrambled eggs, potatoes and more and offers a great start to the day.

Contact info:
5280 Grant Creek Road
Missoula, MT 59808 USA
phone: 406-543-0700
web: bestwesternmontana.com/hotels/best-western-plus-grant-creek-inn

Room amenities: Cable or satellite television, flat screen TV's; In-room movies, Lodgenet Pay Per View; Coffee/tea maker; Hairdryer; Iron, ironing board; High-speed Internet access, wireless; Wake-up calls; Voice mail; Microwave; Refrigerator; Adjoining rooms available

Facility amenities: Coffee Available In Lobby; Entirely Smoke-Free Property; Free Airport Transportation; In-Room Accessibility; Pet Friendly Environment; RV & Truck Parking; Steam Room & Sauna Accessibility Equipment For The Deaf; Hot Complimentary Breakfast; Free On Site Parking Handicapped Parking; Indoor Swimming Pool; Wheelchair Accessible; Free Wireless High-Speed Internet Access; Health & Fitness Center; Laundry Facilities; Spa Tub

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates call (406) 543-0700 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 08 - Check-in, welcome dinner, orientation and introdu...
Check-in, welcome dinner, orientation and introductions. Ranger Station staff briefs the group on the work project goals and the historic work site.

Afternoon: Check-in between 4 and 5 PM in the Ponderosa Room at the Grant Creek Inn.

Dinner: Catered dinner in the Ponderosa Room at the hotel.

Evening: Orientation and introductions followed by preview of work project goals and an overview of the Ninemile Ranger Station. The historic Ninemile Ranger Station offers a front row seat to view the workings of a back woods ranger station. The Ninemile Remount Depot, currently the Ninemile Ranger Station, was established in 1930 as a working Forest Service ranch, stock breeding program and training center for packers. Ninemile packers and livestock were an integral part of early firefighting efforts providing pack support to fire crews in remote areas.

Lodging: The Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Just three miles from downtown, one can easily great restaurants and unique shops while staying at the Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn. There are many charming free time attractions nearby. These attractions include: Missoula Smokejumpers Visitor's Center, Carousel-Dragon Hollow Park, Larchmont Golf Course and Montana Snow Bowl Ski Area. Montana Rock Creek, Glacier National Park and Garnet Ghost Town are also can't miss vacation options before or after the program. The stunning scenery of the mountains or Missoula Valley surround the hotel. The hotel's complementary full breakfast includes pancakes, coffee, scrambled eggs, potatoes and more and offers a great start to the day.

Contact info:
5280 Grant Creek Road
Missoula, MT 59808 USA
phone: 406-543-0700
web: bestwesternmontana.com/hotels/best-western-plus-grant-creek-inn

Room amenities: Cable or satellite television, flat screen TV's; In-room movies, Lodgenet Pay Per View; Coffee/tea maker; Hairdryer; Iron, ironing board; High-speed Internet access, wireless; Wake-up calls; Voice mail; Microwave; Refrigerator; Adjoining rooms available

Facility amenities: Coffee Available In Lobby; Entirely Smoke-Free Property; Free Airport Transportation; In-Room Accessibility; Pet Friendly Environment; RV & Truck Parking; Steam Room & Sauna Accessibility Equipment For The Deaf; Hot Complimentary Breakfast; Free On Site Parking Handicapped Parking; Indoor Swimming Pool; Wheelchair Accessible; Free Wireless High-Speed Internet Access; Health & Fitness Center; Laundry Facilities; Spa Tub

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates call (406) 543-0700 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 09 - Ranger Station project orientation, walk through ...
Ranger Station project orientation, walk through and safety meeting. Work projects begin. Ninemile Remount Depot history tour and packing demonstration.

Breakfast: Deluxe complimentary breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Travel 25 miles from lodgings to the Ninemile Ranger Station. The morning will begin with a project orientation and safety meeting. A brief history of Ninemile as they walk through and describe the projects lead by ranger station staff. The Ninemile Ranger Station is district headquarters and continues to be a working ranch as well as home to the Northern Region Pack Train and the Ninemile Wildlands Training Center. The training center focuses on teaching traditional skills and historic preservation to agency personnel and the public. The historic facilities were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and are known for their Cape Cod style of architecture. The Ninemile Remount Depot, currently the Ninemile Ranger Station, was established in 1930 as a working Forest Service ranch, stock breeding program and training center for packers. The group will divide into work projects and work will begin. Work projects will include various painting/staining projects; rebuilding fence around the ranger station that has rotted; and rebuilding the stock loading ramp, which is part of the historic stock facility at Ninemile and continues to be used by Forest Service districts bringing horses and mules in stock trucks to winter at Ninemile.

Lunch: Sack lunches on site.

Afternoon: Work projects continue through mid afternoon. Discover the significance of the Ninemile Remount Depot on a guided history tour and a packing demonstration. See first hand how the ranger station has long provided experienced packers and their animals for fighting fires and for back country work projects. Located on the Ninemile Ranger District compound, this historic site is educational, nostalgic and a visual delight, with its Cape Code architecture, beautiful pasture and mountain landscapes.

Dinner: Dutch oven dinner at work site.

Evening: Back to lodgings for free evening.

Lodging: The Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Just three miles from downtown, one can easily great restaurants and unique shops while staying at the Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn. There are many charming free time attractions nearby. These attractions include: Missoula Smokejumpers Visitor's Center, Carousel-Dragon Hollow Park, Larchmont Golf Course and Montana Snow Bowl Ski Area. Montana Rock Creek, Glacier National Park and Garnet Ghost Town are also can't miss vacation options before or after the program. The stunning scenery of the mountains or Missoula Valley surround the hotel. The hotel's complementary full breakfast includes pancakes, coffee, scrambled eggs, potatoes and more and offers a great start to the day.

Contact info:
5280 Grant Creek Road
Missoula, MT 59808 USA
phone: 406-543-0700
web: bestwesternmontana.com/hotels/best-western-plus-grant-creek-inn

Room amenities: Cable or satellite television, flat screen TV's; In-room movies, Lodgenet Pay Per View; Coffee/tea maker; Hairdryer; Iron, ironing board; High-speed Internet access, wireless; Wake-up calls; Voice mail; Microwave; Refrigerator; Adjoining rooms available

Facility amenities: Coffee Available In Lobby; Entirely Smoke-Free Property; Free Airport Transportation; In-Room Accessibility; Pet Friendly Environment; RV & Truck Parking; Steam Room & Sauna Accessibility Equipment For The Deaf; Hot Complimentary Breakfast; Free On Site Parking Handicapped Parking; Indoor Swimming Pool; Wheelchair Accessible; Free Wireless High-Speed Internet Access; Health & Fitness Center; Laundry Facilities; Spa Tub

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates call (406) 543-0700 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 10 - Work projects continue. Afternoon presentation on...
Work projects continue. Afternoon presentation on fire ecology from Ninemile Ranger Station forest ranger and fire prevention tech.

Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at hotel

Morning: Travel to work site, daily briefing and continued project work.

Lunch: Dutch oven lunch at work site.

Afternoon: Work projects continue. Break early for afternoon presentation from OVH Ranger and Fire Prevention Tech. Discover the processes that link the natural incidence of fire in an ecosystem and the ecological effects of this fire. Ranger will discuss the role of fire prevention and fire as a natural and necessary contributor to habitat vitality and renewal. Consider the stewardship mission of Wildland Fire Operations and the vital role that WFO plays in overall successful ecosystem management. Travel back to lodgings.

Dinner: Shuttle to local restaurant

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: The Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Just three miles from downtown, one can easily great restaurants and unique shops while staying at the Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn. There are many charming free time attractions nearby. These attractions include: Missoula Smokejumpers Visitor's Center, Carousel-Dragon Hollow Park, Larchmont Golf Course and Montana Snow Bowl Ski Area. Montana Rock Creek, Glacier National Park and Garnet Ghost Town are also can't miss vacation options before or after the program. The stunning scenery of the mountains or Missoula Valley surround the hotel. The hotel's complementary full breakfast includes pancakes, coffee, scrambled eggs, potatoes and more and offers a great start to the day.

Contact info:
5280 Grant Creek Road
Missoula, MT 59808 USA
phone: 406-543-0700
web: bestwesternmontana.com/hotels/best-western-plus-grant-creek-inn

Room amenities: Cable or satellite television, flat screen TV's; In-room movies, Lodgenet Pay Per View; Coffee/tea maker; Hairdryer; Iron, ironing board; High-speed Internet access, wireless; Wake-up calls; Voice mail; Microwave; Refrigerator; Adjoining rooms available

Facility amenities: Coffee Available In Lobby; Entirely Smoke-Free Property; Free Airport Transportation; In-Room Accessibility; Pet Friendly Environment; RV & Truck Parking; Steam Room & Sauna Accessibility Equipment For The Deaf; Hot Complimentary Breakfast; Free On Site Parking Handicapped Parking; Indoor Swimming Pool; Wheelchair Accessible; Free Wireless High-Speed Internet Access; Health & Fitness Center; Laundry Facilities; Spa Tub

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates call (406) 543-0700 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 11 - Work projects continue; visit the Elk Country Vis...
Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Travel to work site, daily briefing and continued project work.

Lunch: Dutch oven lunch at work site.

Afternoon: Work projects continue. Break mid-afternoon and travel back to Missoula for an excursion to the Elk Country Visitor Center and discover more about elk, elk country, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its role in conserving wildlife habitat and upholding North America's hunting heritage. Founded in 1984, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has protected and enhanced 5 million acres of habitat across the US and Canada.

Dinner: Shuttle to dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: The Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Just three miles from downtown, one can easily great restaurants and unique shops while staying at the Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn. There are many charming free time attractions nearby. These attractions include: Missoula Smokejumpers Visitor's Center, Carousel-Dragon Hollow Park, Larchmont Golf Course and Montana Snow Bowl Ski Area. Montana Rock Creek, Glacier National Park and Garnet Ghost Town are also can't miss vacation options before or after the program. The stunning scenery of the mountains or Missoula Valley surround the hotel. The hotel's complementary full breakfast includes pancakes, coffee, scrambled eggs, potatoes and more and offers a great start to the day.

Contact info:
5280 Grant Creek Road
Missoula, MT 59808 USA
phone: 406-543-0700
web: bestwesternmontana.com/hotels/best-western-plus-grant-creek-inn

Room amenities: Cable or satellite television, flat screen TV's; In-room movies, Lodgenet Pay Per View; Coffee/tea maker; Hairdryer; Iron, ironing board; High-speed Internet access, wireless; Wake-up calls; Voice mail; Microwave; Refrigerator; Adjoining rooms available

Facility amenities: Coffee Available In Lobby; Entirely Smoke-Free Property; Free Airport Transportation; In-Room Accessibility; Pet Friendly Environment; RV & Truck Parking; Steam Room & Sauna Accessibility Equipment For The Deaf; Hot Complimentary Breakfast; Free On Site Parking Handicapped Parking; Indoor Swimming Pool; Wheelchair Accessible; Free Wireless High-Speed Internet Access; Health & Fitness Center; Laundry Facilities; Spa Tub

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates call (406) 543-0700 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 12 - Morning work projects continue. Expert Dutch oven...
Morning work projects continue. Expert Dutch oven cook demonstrats this outdoor cooking style and guides group in preparation of evening meal.

Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Travel to work site, daily briefing and continued project work.

Lunch: Sack lunches at work site

Lunch: Enjoy a Dutch Oven Cooking demonstration and lesson by local cook and specialist in this unique style of cooking. Participants will take a new path of discovery as they learn the art of Dutch Oven Cooking and help prepare their evening meal. All will enjoy the amazing aromas, great fellowship, and the breathtaking landscape as dinner simmers in the cast iron kettles.

Dinner: Dutch oven dinner on site

Evening: Travel back to lodgings and enjoy some free time.

Lodging: The Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Just three miles from downtown, one can easily great restaurants and unique shops while staying at the Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn. There are many charming free time attractions nearby. These attractions include: Missoula Smokejumpers Visitor's Center, Carousel-Dragon Hollow Park, Larchmont Golf Course and Montana Snow Bowl Ski Area. Montana Rock Creek, Glacier National Park and Garnet Ghost Town are also can't miss vacation options before or after the program. The stunning scenery of the mountains or Missoula Valley surround the hotel. The hotel's complementary full breakfast includes pancakes, coffee, scrambled eggs, potatoes and more and offers a great start to the day.

Contact info:
5280 Grant Creek Road
Missoula, MT 59808 USA
phone: 406-543-0700
web: bestwesternmontana.com/hotels/best-western-plus-grant-creek-inn

Room amenities: Cable or satellite television, flat screen TV's; In-room movies, Lodgenet Pay Per View; Coffee/tea maker; Hairdryer; Iron, ironing board; High-speed Internet access, wireless; Wake-up calls; Voice mail; Microwave; Refrigerator; Adjoining rooms available

Facility amenities: Coffee Available In Lobby; Entirely Smoke-Free Property; Free Airport Transportation; In-Room Accessibility; Pet Friendly Environment; RV & Truck Parking; Steam Room & Sauna Accessibility Equipment For The Deaf; Hot Complimentary Breakfast; Free On Site Parking Handicapped Parking; Indoor Swimming Pool; Wheelchair Accessible; Free Wireless High-Speed Internet Access; Health & Fitness Center; Laundry Facilities; Spa Tub

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates call (406) 543-0700 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, September 13 - Final work day as projects are wrapped up.
Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Travel to work site, daily briefing and continued project work.

Lunch: Sack lunches at work site.

Afternoon: Wrap up work projects

Dinner: Catered dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Closing presentation by Ninemile Ranger Station staff and board of directors.

Lodging: The Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, September 14 - Independent departures
Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Complimentary airport shuttle

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Missoula, MT
Fort MissoulaThe Historical Museum of Fort Missoula was established in 1975 to collect, preserve and interpret the history of Missoula County and western Montana. The Museum is located on 32 acres at the core of historic Fort Missoula (1877-1947) and is included on the National Register of Historic Places. The Museum houses an estimated 22,000 artifacts, including 13 historical structures. Winter Hours (Labor Day-Memorial Day) are 12-5 pm MST. For more information call 406-728-3476.
For additional information, visit: www.fortmissoulamuseum.org
Missoula Area Chamber of CommerceFor scheduled events contact the chamber by calling (406) 543-6623 or email for general information at info@missoulachamber.com.
For additional information, visit: http://www.missoulachamber.com
Missoula SymphonyCheck website or call (406) 721-3194 for schedule.
For additional information, visit: www.missoulasymphony.org
Montana Museum of Art & CultureLocated on The University of Montana campus in Missoula, Montana Museum of Art & Culture is one of the state's oldest and most prominent cultural reserves. The museum's Permanent Collection, begun in 1894, includes more than 11,000 original works. MMAC, formerly the Museum of Fine Arts, and formerly administered by the School of Fine Arts, became a state museum in 2001 and is now structured as a unit of the Office of the Provost. Academic year gallery hours are Tues, Wed, Sat: 12 - 3 pm MST; Thurs & Fri: 12 - 6 pm MST. For more information call 406-243-2019. Admission is free-donations welcome.
For additional information, visit: http://www.umt.edu/montanamuseum/default.aspx
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Visitor CenterThe Elk Country Visitor Center offers the opportunity to learn more about elk, elk country and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The exhibits include a diorama populated by life-size mounts of elk, bear, antelope and more. A large portion of the center is dedicated to the signs and sounds of elk, from their distinctive bugles to the size and shape of their tracks. The conservation displays cover the relationship between elk and Native people, the fascinating history of the hunter-conservationist movement, and the role the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation plays in that movement today. Founded in 1984, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has protected and enhanced 5 million acres of habitat across the US and Canada. Admission is free. Call 406-523-4545 for more information.
For additional information, visit: www.elkfoundation.org
The Carousel for MissoulaMagic is made by volunteers. Missoula cabinet-maker Chuck Kaparich made a promise to the Missoula City Council in 1991, "If you will give it a home, and promise no one will ever take it apart, I will build A Carousel for Missoula." Kaparich, who had spent many childhood hours on the carousel at Columbia Gardens in Butte, Montana, had already carved four carousel ponies and had purchased an antique frame in thousands of pieces. The Council agreed and Kaparich’s dream of A Carousel for Missoula became the dream of a community. A board of directors was formed to facilitate organization and fund raising, Kaparich taught others to carve, mechanics began the process of restoring 16,066 pieces, painters were recruited, and Missoula began working together to create a treasure. The story of the Carousel includes wood and metal, concrete and colored glass, hearts and hands, and countless hours of loving labor. Enjoy the Carousel 11am to 5:30pm MST Sept. through May. Prices are 75¢ for children (<16) and seniors (>55); $2.25 for adults; $1.50 for an adult and child sharing a seat and people with disabilities are always welcome to ride free. For more information call 406.549.8382. By Opening Day, May 27, 1995, over 100,000 hours of volunteer time had gone into the construction of 38 permanent ponies, three replacement ponies, two chariots, 14 gargoyles, gargoyle frames and mirror frames, and the largest band organ in continuous use in the United States, all within a jewel box building.
For additional information, visit: http://www.carrousel.com/acfm
The MissoulianThe Missoula newspaper offers a free booklet entitled "Hike, Bike and Run", which includes descriptions and locations of all the trails in the Missoula area. This is a free booklet and can be sent directly to your home. Office hours are 7:30 am to 5:30 pm MST Monday-Friday; Phone: (406) 523-5200; Toll free: 1-800-366-7102
For additional information, visit: http://missoulian.com/app/contact/

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