L&C Tour Guides Can Apply for Official Listing - 3/18/03
The Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission is soliciting a second round of applications this Spring from qualified persons interested in having their Lewis and Clark tour guide credentials posted on the commission’s website.
“It is the commission’s goal to make sure that people who come to Montana during the bicentennial have a quality experience and want to come back, as well as tell others about the great things Montana has to offer,” Clint Blackwood, executive director of the commission said. “The demand is increasing for knowledgeable tour guides and we are doing all we can to work with the private sector to ensure their availability.”
Guides who demonstrate the minimum experience and knowledge required will be included on the Summer 2003 season list, Blackwood said.
Tour companies, and visiting groups are continually seeking local subject area guides for their cross-country excursions following the Lewis and Clark trail in Montana, he said.
To be listed on the website, persons must complete a short form listing their experience and describing their areas of expertise, and demonstrate at least a minimum of experience and knowledge in five areas related to the expedition story as well as customer service, he said.
To request an application, interested persons can call 406-443-2109, or write Montana Bicentennial Commission, PO Box 201203, Helena MT 59620-1203. Application deadline is May 1, 2003.
For those wishing to improve their qualifications, the commission and the USDA Forest Service will partner in offering four, one-day workshops April 9-12 at the Training Academy at the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center in Great Falls.
“This April’s workshops will focus on the content of the story of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and the Corps of Discovery with whom they journeyed,” said Sue Buchel with the Training Academy. For more information on the training sessions, call 406-727-8733 or log on to www.fs.fed.us/r1/lewisclark/lcic.htm.