Each year, we welcome school groups from all over Virginia and West Virginia! We teach the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition through the experience of being aboard life-size replicas of the Expedition boats; hands-on activities; hikes; exhibitions; and through art projects inspired by the mapmaking, art and journals of Lewis and Clark.
We take reservations from groups as small as five and as large as forty-five. We can make arrangement for groups larger than forty-five with rotating activities within the park. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to make a reservation. Current school group prices are $7 per child for a field trip of an hour and half. Half and full day programs and activities requiring premium supplies or equipment have an additional charge. Homeschool groups are welcome.
There are picnic tables available after the tour and acitivites for groups that want to bring their own lunches. There is also a kitchen and refrigerator to keep things cool.
When visitors come to Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center, they encounter full-size replicas of all the different types of boat that Lewis and Clark travelled on in the Expedition: the 55-ft. long Keelboat, the 42-ft. long Red Pirogue, the 39-ft. White Pirogue, as well as a Native American bull boat (made of buffalo hide and willow branches), and a dug out for children to work on. Led by knowledgable guides, each group has a time to ask questions and to learn more about the Lewis & Clark journey.
A hike along the Rivanna River teaches the group about Jefferson’s interest in rivers, and the history of the Rivanna. The Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center has been built on land owned by William Clark’s family, and his parents farmed a homestead over the nearby hill.