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Become A Volunteer
Since opening in May, 1998, the volunteers of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center have played an integral part in the daily operations of the Center. It could easily be said that the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center could not operate without our dedicated Corps of Volunteers. Over 375 volunteers have amassed over 120,000 hours at the Center. We currently utilize 50 active volunteers who greet visitors, give educational talks, collect fees, serve as front desk or exhibit hall docents, work special events, answer telephones, work on a computer, or perform other stimulating tasks.
If you're interested in volunteering at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center we have several opportunities to consider:
Behind the Scenes: Administrative office work.
Docent: Front Desk and Exhibit Hall: Greet & inform visitors.
Education: Assist with special programs for school groups.
Fee Collection: Greet visitors and collect entrance fees.
Special Events: Assist during special events (as-called basis).
Apply for a volunteer position by filling out a Volunteer Application and then return it to the Volunteer Coordinator at the following address:
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
4201 Giant Springs Road
Great Falls, Montana 59405
If you have questions you may contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (406) 727-8733 or by email.
The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center is located in a beautiful setting overlooking the Missouri River in Great Falls, Montana. It's the perfect place for your special wedding, reception, catered dinner, birthday party, or meeting. We have the following rooms/settings available to rent on a limited basis (see notes for additional information).
Resource Center: This room is 1,260 square feet and is available for meetings, workshops, PowerPoint presentations, receptions, and dinners. It is equipped with two large retractable wall screens for projected image displays. This room will handle up to 75 people. Cost of renting the Resource Center ranges from $55.00 to $200.00 for a four-hour period (depending on whether the event is a meeting, reception or dinner). This room can also be divided into two separate meeting rooms.
Kitchen: Adjacent to the Resource Center is a small kitchen equipped with stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, and a full array of dishes, carafes, pitchers, glasses, cups, and serving utensils. Coffee pots are available. Cost of renting the Kitchen is $25.00 per day (when you also rent the Resource Center or Lobby).
Lobby: The Lobby is approximately 1,648 square feet and is available for receptions and dinners. The Lobby has a beautiful (floor to ceiling) view of the Missouri River and overlooks our main diorama exhibit. The Lobby will handle up to 200 people for stand-up receptions and 110 for sit-down dinners. Cost of renting the Lobby ranges from $150.00 to $300.00 for a four hour period. The Lobby is only available for rent during hours that we are closed to the general public.
Foyer: The Foyer is our main entrance and is approximately 1,080 square feet. The Foyer is adjacent to the Lobby is available for Lobby overflow. The Foyer is available when the Lobby is rented and can accommodate additional seating or function as a serving area.
Theater: The Theater is available for meetings, workshops, PowerPoint presentations, DVD or VHS movie showings. This indoor theater comfortably holds 158 people in theater-quality plush seats. The stage area is equipped with podium and standing or portable microphones. The Theater (with Lobby) rents for $250.00 to $350.00 for a four hour period. The Theater is only available for rent during hours that we are closed to the general public.
Amphitheater: The outdoor Amphitheater is available for summertime programs, weddings or receptions. It seats 110 people and has standing room for another 50 persons in a gorgeous outdoor setting overlooking the Missouri River. The Amphitheater has a 450 square foot stage area (with extended stage area totaling 1000 square feet and comes equipped with a built-in outdoor sound system. Cost of renting the Amphitheater is $100.00 per hour ($100.00 minimum charge).
A charge of $30.00 or $60.00 per hour will be levied for employee time after normal hours. Fees subject to change. White tables cloths available for a laundry charge of $7.00 per table. Tables and chairs are available for use with all indoor facility rentals. Podium and microphones are available for any venue.
Weddings & Receptions
Outdoor Wedding: For summertime weddings consider using our outdoor Amphitheater (overlooking the Missouri River). The cost is $100.00 per hour. The Amphitheater will seat 110 people but there is plenty of standing-room behind the seats for additional people. Add on our 1,260 square foot Resource Center room as a staging area for the bride and/or groom for $55.00. Total cost $155.00.
Indoor Wedding and/or Reception Resource Center: For smaller groups (up to 80 people) use our 1,260 square foot Resource Center room. The cost is $225.00 for up to 4 hours (kitchen included). Additional $40 per hour for after-normal-hours staffing.
Lobby/Foyer: For a beautiful view of the Missouri River or for larger groups (up to 110 people) use our 1,648 square foot Lobby and 1,080 square foot Foyer. Cost is $275.00 for up to 4 hours (kitchen included). Additional $40 per hour for after-normal-hours staffing.
Theater: Plush indoor seating is available for 158 people. A theater wedding (without reception) would be $250.00 plus $40 per hour for after-normal-hours staffing. A theater wedding with reception in the Lobby would be $375.00 plus $40 per hour for after-normal-hours staffing (the Foyer would be needed for extra seating beyond 110).
A podium/microphone can be made available for any indoor location.
Alcoholic Beverages may be served in the Lobby, Foyer, or Resource Center, with some restrictions: You may have white wine and canned/bottled beers (no kegs).
We do not allow dancing (unless a portable floor is brought into the Resource Center to protect the floor). Lessee is responsible for obtaining the portable dance floor.
Facility rental includes the use of chairs and tables. Rectangular or round tables will seat 8 people. White table cloths are available for $7.00 per table. Lessee provides their own caterer.
If you have questions you may contact the Center at (406) 727-8733.
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
4201 Giant Springs Road
Great Falls, Montana 59405
Get ready for National Bison Day on Saturday, November 6. The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center will join our colleagues at First Peoples’ Buffalo Jump State Park, Head Smashed In Provincial Park in Alberta, and the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and Winn County Park Reserve District in Illinois for a simultaneous online presentation at 10:00 a.m. Visit the website https://fpdwc.zoom.us/.../register/WN_XT4g52ZPRrib51TOk__Y7g to register for a link to this free Zoom presentation, or check out the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest webpage for more information.
Our Winter Speaker Series continues this month, sponsored by our partners in the Portage Route Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. Join our own Interpretive Specialist Jeff LaRock for his presentation, Bleed, Blister and Purge: Medicine on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Medicine was still very primitive by 21st century standards during the Lewis and Clark expedition, but Meriwether Lewis, on three weeks of formal medical training, some help from William Clark, and an intuitive grasp of natural medicine, managed to bring a large crew of people through a 2½-year wilderness trek with only one fatality. How did he manage it? Come and hear more about the state of medicine in 1805, Meriwether Lewis’ application of basic “cures”, and some of the nitty-gritty of early health care. Mr. LaRock’s presentation will be at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9 in the Center Theater. The program is free and open to the public. We will continue with Speakers Series events throughout the winter.
Also, in honor of Veteran’s Day on Thursday, November 11, the Interpretive Center will be open fee-free all day from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. We thank all U.S. service members for their service. Active and retired military will receive 10% off in the bookstore.
Finally, get ready for Trim-the-Tree season at LCIC. We will have Christmas Tree ornament kits ready for pickup at the Center beginning on November 22. The tree at the Center will be up on December 11, and participants can bring in an ornament to display any time before Christmas Eve. We will also have forest Christmas Tree permits and Every Kid Outdoors passes for 4th grade students.
Take some time out of your busy schedule to discover the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center! For additional information on any upcoming event, please call the Interpretive Center at (406) 727-8733.