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Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park Offers “Brother Can You Spare a Dime” and Ranger-led ProgramsLewis & Clark Caverns State Park Offers “Brother Can You Spare a Dime” and Ranger-led Programs

(Whitehall, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) will host “Brother Can You Spare a Dime” at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park’s on Friday, June 22 at 8:00pm. The park will also offer ranger-led interpretive programs which highlight the plant and nocturnal life of the park.  

Friday, June 22, at 8:00pm, enjoy the Summer Campground Speaker Series, “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime, Laughin’ to Keep from Cryin’” with Bill Rossiter. This presentation views the Depression, with a glance at Montana’s early start, not through history and literature, but through songs and illiterature, looking at what happened to the common folks most affected by it. This bareknuckle report on the state of the union during the Dirty ’30s is communicated through live performances of banjo, guitar and autoharp.

Bill Rossiter has been playing traditional finger-style guitar, autoharp and old-time "clawhammer” banjo music in bars, concert halls and back rooms for decades. He is a 2015 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Service to the Humanities in Montana. Bill chaired the Humanities Division and taught literature and illiterature (folklore) for twenty-five years at Flathead Valley Community College and at the University of Montana, retiring in 1999.

On Tuesday, June 19, Park Ranger Julia Smit will present an interpretive talk discussing the wacky adaptations of bats in “Bataptations” at 8:00pm. Our batty winged friends have some weird stuff going on to make them such good mosquito-eaters. Learn about some of their most outrageous adaptations at this talk.

Following Bataptations, enjoy “Things That Go Bump” at 9:00pm. Take a special night sounds walk to look for the park’s dark-loving residents.Tthis easy walk takes visitors up gradual incline of the park road. Sturdy walking shoes and water are recommended. Headlamps and flashlights are typically not needed and are discouraged when actively looking and listening for critters. Walk will leave from the campground amphitheater.

On Saturday, June 23, at 9:00am, wrap up the week with the Saturday Naturalist Walk, “Can I Eat This?”  Learn about edible, medicinal and toxic plants of the park on a 2-mile ranger-led hike to answer the question “Can I eat this?” The walk will meet at the Main (Lower) Visitor Center. It’s recommended that you come prepared with sturdy walking shoes, water and sunscreen, as well as transportation, as the group will be driving together to the trailhead.

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park features one of the most decorative limestone caverns in the Northwest filled with spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helictites. The park also features camping, trails to hike or bike, a state-of-the-art visitor center, interpretive displays, a gift shop, food and beverage concessions, amphitheater, and interpretive events presented during the summer months.

Visit Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.

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Contact:
Julia Smit
Park Ranger
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
406 287-3541
jsmit.fwp@gmail.com

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