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Corps of Discovery II: 200 Years to the Future, the traveling Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Exhibit
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Ignite an interest in the natural sciences´┐Żlearn what Lewis discovered on the journey West.
Volume 43, Program 32
3/18/2003
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Skills learned early can open doors of opportunity. Join Chairman Michael Farris as he shares inspiration from the life of Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition on today's Home School Heartbeat.

    Mike Farris:

    Meriwether Lewis spent many of his early years just seven miles from Jefferson's Monticello, in between the two worlds of the frontier and the educated east. The two men spent many hours sharing their mutual fascination with the natural world and the western expanse.

    Lewis's preparation for the trip west, overseen by Jefferson, was thorough. His medical knowledge, excellent skills in land surveying and mapping, and familiarity with botany, geography, and natural history, served both the country and the scientific community. His keen powers of observation and vivid writing helped communicate the new discoveries to an eager President back in Washington.

    Some of the stories of discovery may seem a little shocking to some. In Nebraska the expedition discovered the prairie dog, which Lewis called the barking squirl. After an unsuccessful attempt to dig the prairie dog out of its den, they used water to flush it out, then they killed it in order to describe it thoroughly. PETA was not along for the journey west!

    During the Lewis and Clark bicentennial, study their scientific discoveries, and get your kids excited about making their own scientific journals. Spend an afternoon taking note of plants and animals around your home, drawing and describing the details for President Jefferson back in Washington. Getting students to observe and communicate clearly establishes a good foundation for further scientific study. I'm Mike Farris.

The Lewis and Clark bicentennial is a great teaching opportunity with your kids. Ask for your free Lewis & Clark kit when you contact us and find out how the Home School Legal Defense Association can work for you. Check us out online at homeschoolheartbeat.com. That's homeschoolheartbeat.com.


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Lewis and Clark Resource Sheet

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The three-year long Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration officially kicks off on January 18, 2003. The Resource Sheet provides a list of books, websites, and other helpful materials to assist you in making the most of this historic opportunity. Use the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial as a springboard for learning with your children!

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