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GREAT FALLS, MONTANA

The Wild West, Artist Charles M. Russell, and the Plains Indians

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Program #1650RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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
3100 feet.

Itinerary for Aug 18 — Aug 24, 2013

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Type: Other

Description: Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

Contact info:
2300 Central Avenue
Great Falls, MT 59401 USA
phone: 406-452-8585
Room amenities: Private and semiprivate rooms with sink in each room.

Facility amenities: RV park with showers, bathrooms, dining hall and classrooms on site. All meals included. Level parking area for self-contained RV's. Electrical hookups and water available. Nearby dump station.

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

Bathroom: Standard shared baths with private shower & toilet facilities.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $24 Private $34 Double
Contact Ursuline Centre for reservations


Day One: Sunday, August 18 - check in between 2-4 pm/Dinner 5:00-6:00 pm/ Orie...
check in between 2-4 pm/Dinner 5:00-6:00 pm/ Orientation 6:15 pm/ Tour of Ursuline Centre 7:15 pm

Arrive To: Welcome/orientation/dinner Welcome to your "home away from home" for the next 7 days. Journey through a walk back in time as you marvel at the antique furnishing, marble staircase and paintings from another century. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. Ursuline Centre is an architectural treasure in the Northwest. Built in 1912 as a grade school, high school and boarding school for girls by the Ursuline Sisters who settled in Montana in 1884 from Toledo, Ohio.

Dinner: Dinner at Ursuline Centre

Evening: Orientation & Tour of the Historic Ursuline Centre and Museum by Director Harry Tholen

Lodging: Ursuline Centre

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

Contact info:
2300 Central Avenue
Great Falls, MT 59401 USA
phone: 406-452-8585
Room amenities: Private and semiprivate rooms with sink in each room.

Facility amenities: RV park with showers, bathrooms, dining hall and classrooms on site. All meals included. Level parking area for self-contained RV's. Electrical hookups and water available. Nearby dump station.

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

Bathroom: Standard shared baths with private shower & toilet facilities.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $24 Private $34 Double
Contact Ursuline Centre for reservations


Day Two: Monday, August 19 - AM Classes/PM Field Trip to Fort Benton
Breakfast: AM Classes:(Frenchy) "An introduction to Toussaint Charbonneau-The Man". The Trapper-Trader on the Lewis & Clark Expedition by actor and historian Jack Smith. See the expedition through his eyes. AM Basic Religious Concepts of the Plains Indians. Presenter Don Fish, a member of the Pikuni Blackfeet Tribe.

Lunch: sack lunch en route on Field Trip to Fort Benton

Afternoon: In the early 1800's Fort Benton was referred to as the "Little Chicago of the Plains". We will spend an afternoon to visit the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument Interpretive Center, Smithsonian Buffalo Exhibit, Fort Benton Trading Post & walk on the historic Missouri River Levee. Depart from the Grand Union Hotel, the finest accommodations between Minneapolis and Seattle, which hosted the rich and famous during the "golden years" of the 1800's.

Dinner: At Ursuline Centre

Evening: Open

Lodging: Ursuline Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

Contact info:
2300 Central Avenue
Great Falls, MT 59401 USA
phone: 406-452-8585
Room amenities: Private and semiprivate rooms with sink in each room.

Facility amenities: RV park with showers, bathrooms, dining hall and classrooms on site. All meals included. Level parking area for self-contained RV's. Electrical hookups and water available. Nearby dump station.

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

Bathroom: Standard shared baths with private shower & toilet facilities.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $24 Private $34 Double
Contact Ursuline Centre for reservations


Day Three: Tuesday, August 20 - AM Classes/PM Field Trip to First Peoples Buffalo...
AM Classes/PM Field Trip to First Peoples Buffalo Jump/Field Trip to Giant Springs & Nature Walk

Breakfast: Classes: (Frenchy) "Tools of the Trade" Toussaint Charbonneau and the adventurous expeditions in Montana: Presenter Jack Smith AM "The Life and Art of Charles M. Russell": Presenter, Bob Doerk

Lunch: at Ursuline Centre

Afternoon: Field Trip to First Peoples Buffalo Jump. The largest Buffalo Jump site in the United States. The American Bison dominated the landscape and shaped the lives of the people who lived in its presence. For thousands of years people have gathered here to celebrate and to feast. Experience this means of survival through the eyes of your Blackfeet guide, Don Fish

Dinner: at Ursuline Centre

Evening: Field Trip to Giant Springs Park and nature walk along the Missouri River, 1/2 mile with flat terrain; visit Rainbow Dam and Crooked Falls.

Lodging: Ursuline Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

Contact info:
2300 Central Avenue
Great Falls, MT 59401 USA
phone: 406-452-8585
Room amenities: Private and semiprivate rooms with sink in each room.

Facility amenities: RV park with showers, bathrooms, dining hall and classrooms on site. All meals included. Level parking area for self-contained RV's. Electrical hookups and water available. Nearby dump station.

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

Bathroom: Standard shared baths with private shower & toilet facilities.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $24 Private $34 Double
Contact Ursuline Centre for reservations


Day Four: Wednesday, August 21 - AM Classes/Class: The Life & Art of Charles Russe...
AM Classes/Class: The Life & Art of Charles Russell. Presenter Bob Doerk/PM Field Trip to the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center/Field Trip to Big Stone Hutterite Colony

Breakfast: Classes: (Frenchy) "The People We Met" - Toussaint Charbonneau. Presenter Jack Smith "Blackfeet Nation Yesterday & Today". Presenter Don Fish.

Lunch: at Ursuline Centre

Afternoon: Class: The Life and Art of Charles Russell

Afternoon: Field Trip: Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. An interactive re-creation of the epic journey of Lewis & CLark from St. Charles, Missouri to their ultimate goal, the Pacific shores. View the canoes and supplies needed to make this remarkable journey of discovery and their 30 day portage of the Great Falls of the Missouri River.

Dinner: Dinner at Ursuline

Evening: Field Trip to Hutterite Colony. Learn how this communal life was formed and how it co-exists with our modern society. View the latest in farming technology. Visit their cattle, hogs, chicken and turkey operations, their private school that is part of the Public School system, their homes and their Chapel. The tour is conducted by Colony members.

Lodging: Ursuline Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

Contact info:
2300 Central Avenue
Great Falls, MT 59401 USA
phone: 406-452-8585
Room amenities: Private and semiprivate rooms with sink in each room.

Facility amenities: RV park with showers, bathrooms, dining hall and classrooms on site. All meals included. Level parking area for self-contained RV's. Electrical hookups and water available. Nearby dump station.

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

Bathroom: Standard shared baths with private shower & toilet facilities.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $24 Private $34 Double
Contact Ursuline Centre for reservations


Day Five: Thursday, August 22 - AM Classes/Field Trip to C. M. Russell Museum/Fie...
Breakfast: AM Classes: "Past & Present Ceremonies of the Plains Indians Music & Dance of the Plains Indians" Presenter: Don Fish (Frenchy) "Breaking Camp": Presenter Jack Smith

Lunch: Lunch at Ursuline

Afternoon: Field Trip to the C. M. Russell Museum & Log Studio. View the largest collection of Charles M. Russell paintings and bronzes in the Museum's permanent collection. It is also home to the Browning Firearms Collection. Tour Charlie's original log studio that still contains many of the artist's personal collection of art supplies, furnishings and original works of art: Presenter Bob Doerk

Dinner: Dinner at Ursuline

Evening: Field Trip: Experience the Great Falls of the Missouri and re-live the experiences of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as they portaged their six pirogues and their gear around four falls. The portage lasted one month and covered eighteen miles. Presenter Georges De Giorgio

Lodging: Ursuline Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

Contact info:
2300 Central Avenue
Great Falls, MT 59401 USA
phone: 406-452-8585
Room amenities: Private and semiprivate rooms with sink in each room.

Facility amenities: RV park with showers, bathrooms, dining hall and classrooms on site. All meals included. Level parking area for self-contained RV's. Electrical hookups and water available. Nearby dump station.

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

Bathroom: Standard shared baths with private shower & toilet facilities.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $24 Private $34 Double
Contact Ursuline Centre for reservations


Day Six: Friday, August 23 - AM Class/Field Trip to the Gates of the Mountains...
AM Class/Field Trip to the Gates of the Mountains Sack lunch on the trip/Road Scholar Appreciation Dinner

Breakfast: Class: "Charlie Russell and the Open Range." Presenter Bob Doerk

Morning: Field Trip: A pivotal point in the Lewis & Clark journey. A time to turn around or a time to press forward. See for yourself, as you take a scenic boat tour up the mighty Missouri River. What would you have done? Limestone cliffs rise to a spectacular height of 1200 feet. "In many places," wrote Meriwether Lewis, "the rocks seem ready to tumble on us. At each bend in the waterway, great stone walls seemed to block passage, only to open like gentle giant gates as the expedition drew near." Many of Montana's big game animals reside here.

Dinner: When we arrive home, our kitchen staff will have prepared a warm and hearty dinner in thanksgiving for this time spent together, making new friendships and sharing memories of the adventures of the week.

Lodging: Ursuline Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, August 24 - Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast and departure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
6 nights of accommodations
16 meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips

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4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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