Lewis & Clark Tour Guides Ready - 8/09/02
HELENA – A computerized listing of Montana Lewis and Clark tour guides is now available as a resource for those groups seeking assistance as they tour the state in the wake of the 200th Anniversary of the Corps of Discovery.
“Tour companies and visiting groups will be encouraged to use this resource list to arrange local guides for Lewis and Clark tours traveling through the state,” said Clint Blackwood, executive director of the state Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission.
The tour guide program was a team effort of the state commission and the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Training Academy at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, Blackwood said.
To gain additional training, nearly 200 people attended the five, one-day workshops at the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Training Academy earlier this year.
“Participation exceeded our expectations in both the number of attendees and their backgrounds,” said Jane Weber, director of the Great Falls center. “The training resulted in 23 people becoming eligible for listing on the Commission’s website as Lewis and Clark tour guides.”
Blackwood said tour companies and visiting groups would be encouraged to use the resource list.
“In order for state efforts to commemorate the bicentennial to be successful, we must provide quality experiences for people who come here. That is good for the short run and crucial to long range plans to build on the bicentennial for future tourism efforts,” Blackwood said.
The tour guide list is available at www.montanalewisandclark.org/resources/tours/tourguides or by contacting his office in Helena, Blackwood said.