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UM Offers Crown Of The Continent Travel Tour

Registration is now open for a tour of the Crown of the Continent region offered through the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning at The University of Montana.

The seven-day travel tour will cover the region’s unique history, culture, geography and ecology. It will take place July 23-30 and will include discussions with Crown of the Continent experts and UM faculty members.

Participants will start at the UM campus in Missoula and then travel throughout the region, visiting locations such as the Blackfoot Valley, Continental Divide, Rocky Mountain Front and the country of the Blackfeet Nation.

Choteau will serve as tour base camp for three days so participants can get out in the field to discover the history and geography, wildlife (present and prehistoric), human interaction (present and ancient), and majesty of the Rocky Mountain Front. Two days will be spent in the splendor of Glacier National Park, and the return trip to Missoula will provide time to learn about and explore Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi.

The tour costs $1,795 for those who register by May 11. Registration after that date will cost $1,920. The final registration deadline is June 1. UM will offer three academic credits for $150 and some additional trip requirements.

The tour registration fee covers most meals and all travel and lodging. Space is limited, and payment is due at the time of registration. Fees include a $200 nonrefundable deposit.

To register or for a complete tour itinerary and more detailed information, visit http://www.umt.edu/xls/summer/programs/crown/default.aspx, call Clare Kelly at 406-243-6496 or e-mail clare.kelly@umontana.edu.