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“Get Batty” with Interpretive Events at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park -July 17, 20 and 21

(Whitehall, MT) – Montana State Parks ( invites the public “get batty” and  explore Montana history with interpretive events this summer at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, July 17, 20 and 21.

Get a little batty, on Tuesday, July 17 at 8:00pm, with Park Ranger Julia Smit as she presents “Bataptations” at the campground amphitheater.  This is an in-depth look at how the wacky and wild physical engineering of allows them to operate so well in their unique environments. Learn about flight, echolocation and many other bat adaptations that can vary tremendously from one species to the next. There is more to these little critters than most people know!

On Friday, July 20 at 8:00pm, learn about “Montana Before Horses” with Shane Doyle. The indigenous people of Montana developed a unique hunter-gatherer trade culture that became one of the most successful and iconic in world history.  For over 13,000 years, the tribal societies of Montana flourished without the services of horses, achieving an astonishing wealth and prosperity by learning and sharing from one another in ways that far exceeded the layman's understanding of how diverse northern Plains tribes lived side by side.

Shane Doyle, Ed.D, is a Crow tribal member who grew up in Crow Agency, Montana. Shane holds a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, and recently completed a post-doctoral appointment in genetics with the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Bozeman based Extreme History Project, the Montana Arts Council, and the Governors Parks in Focus Committee.  Shane has starred as a lead actor and consultant for the History Channel’s “Lost Treasures of the Little Bighorn Battle,” set to premiere in the summer of 2018.  

The Summer Campground Speaker Series brings Montana experts to Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park to give informative and engaging presentations. All talks begin at 8:00pm at the campground amphitheater unless otherwise noted. The series runs every Friday starting May 25 and ending August 31.

On Saturday, July 21 at 9:00pm, join Park Ranger Julia Smit for an evening bat walk to investigate the nighttime activity of the park’s bats as they hunt for mosquitoes and other insects. See what echolocation calls look like with a bat detector, and hear their ultrasonic calls lowered down to a frequency audible to the human ear.    

For more information about these or other events at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, call (406) 287-3541.
What: “Bataptations” Ranger Talk
When: Tuesday, July 17, 8:00pm–9:00pm
Where: Campground Amphitheater
What: “Montana Before Horses” with Shane Doyle
When: Friday, July 20, 8:00pm–9:00pm
Where: Campground Amphitheater
What: Night Bat Walk
When: Saturday, July 21, 9:00pm—10:00pm
Where: Meeting at the Main (Lower) Visitor Center   
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, 25 Lewis & Clark Caverns Rd, Whitehall, MT

From the exit 274 on I-90 we are 13 miles south on Highway 287 and 5 miles west on MT 2.
From the Cardwell exit 256 on I-90 we are 7 miles east along MT 2.

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 ( 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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Julia Smit
Park Ranger
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
406 287-3541

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