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May 2003

Updated JUNE, 2007

Lewis and Clark as Naturalists
Flora, fauna, and famous explorers.
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History created this informative Web site to give visitors the opportunity to travel with Lewis and Clark on their great expedition and learn about the plants and animals they encountered along the way.
The site is attractive with a user-friendly layout. Special plug-ins, Flash Player, QuickTime, Acrobat Reader, are needed in order to fully experience the exhibits.
The content of the site can be browsed by clicking on the interactive map or by choosing the collection and browsing by species, state where the specimens were found or collection date.

With the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition coming up in 2004, this Web site is sure to be of interest to teachers and students as well as the general public. It takes a look at the plants and animals that were described in the journals of the explorers. The collections are primarily from the Museum of Natural History and were not collected by Lewis and Clark themselves. The collection includes images of museum specimens, scientific drawings, field photos of the plant and animal species, journal excerpts, historical notes, and references as well as the date and location of observation. The interactive map allows visitors to click on the locations along the trail to view a description of the specimens found there. Teachers will find lesson plans in the resource section that reach across the curriculum and grade levels. Included is a list of Web resources for further information.


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