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24th National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Friday, April 16th:  Western BBQ Buffet - Montana Style!

Before heading over to our big event - the Kyi-Yo Pow Wow - join us for a delicious meal served Montana style. 

Regular meal:  $18.00/Vegetarian option:  $18.00

Saturday, April 17th:  Excursions/Field Trips

On Saturday, April 17th, there will be four excursions to choose from during the afternoon:

  • The People's Center - "Encounter the Past. Ensure the Future."  Located in Pablo, Montana.

    1:00 - 6:30 pm/$25: includes lunch to-go, beverage, transportation and tour guides. The People's Center is the place to experience the rich cultural heritage of the Salish, Pend d'Oreille and Kootenai tribes. The traditions and culture of these tribes have been passed orally from generation to generation since time began. We invite you to explore the artifacts and exhibits, and to hear the stories of their people in their own voices. We also invite you to participate in their cultural activities, celebrations, known as pow-wows, and other events reflecting the Tribes. The People's Center perpetuates this rich heritage, through our tradition of oral history, and by creating opportunities of exchange between tribal elders, youth and the public. Through education, they hope to dispel myths and stereotyping of Native Americans and create better understanding between all peoples.

  • The National Bison Range Wildlife Refuge - 1:30 - 6:30 pm/$20: includes lunch to-go, beverage, and transportation. Administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System.  It was established in 1908 and is one of the oldest Wildlife Refuges in the nation. Located north of Missoula on Highway 93.

    A large portion of the 18, 500 acre Range consists of native Palouse prairie; forests, wetlands, and streams are also found here providing a wide range of habitats for wildlife.  Elk, deer, pronghorn, black bear, coyote and ground squirrels are just some of the mammals that share the area with 350 to 500 bison.  Over 200 species of birds also call this home including eagles, hawks, meadowlarks, bluebirds, ducks, and geese.

  • Smokejumper Center and Fire Lab - 1:30 - 5:00 pm/$15: includes lunch to-go, beverage, transportation and tour guide. Located at the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, Montana. The Smokejumper Visitor Center has the largest active smokejumper base and controlled burn chamber in the nation. The Smokejumper Visitor Center is a unique opportunity to learn about this unusual, demanding and dramatic occupation. The Missoula Fire Lab conducts state of the art research on firebehavior, fire effects and smoke dispersion. A tour of the facility is also available. As you walk through the center you will visit the National Smokejumper Memorial, go inside a replica of a 1930's lookout tower, and a tour of the smokejumper loft; where the smokejumpers prepare for fighting fires. Also tour the ready room and load masters room where the smokejumpers prepare for fire calls.
  • Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge - 1:30 - 6:30 pm/$20: includes lunch to-go, beverage, and transportation. The Refuge provides visitors opportunities for wildlife observation, photography, environmental education and interpretation. There are 2 1/2 miles of nature trails in the Refuge's Wildlife Viewing Area.

    Located along the meandering Bitterroot River and surrounded by majestic towering mountains, the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge offers spectacular viewing opportunities of the landscape and wildlife. The Refuge's location in the scenic and historic Bitterroot Valley of western Montana provides a haven for wildlife.

    The Refuge was established in 1963 to provide habitat for migratory birds. The name of the Refuge honors the late U.S. Senator Lee Metcalf, who was a local high school graduate and had a lifelong commitment to conservation.

    The mission of the Refuge is to manage habitat for a diversity of wildlife species with emphasis on migratory birds and endangered and threatened species, and to provide compatible human benefits associated with Refuge wildlife and wildlands.