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2024 TRAILS Montana Academic Library Symposium

May 22–24, 2024, hosted at Great Falls College MSU with assistance from The University of Providence and the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Touro University.

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center


 The centerpiece of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center is our exhibit hall. In 6,000 square feet, exhibits lay out the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition from beginning to end, emphasizing the events that occurred while the Corps of Discovery were within the boundaries of Montana. The exhibits detail the stories of the Expedition members and the struggles they had to overcome on the journey to the Pacific, as well as the stories of the many Native American peoples the Expedition encountered along the way. Interactive exhibits offer the chance for hands-on experiences. Docents from the Interpretive Center staff are on hand to answer any questions visitors have along the way.

Giant Springs State Park



















Experience the Giant Springs, which is one of the largest freshwater springs in the county, producing over 156 million gallons of water each day. Listen to the tranquil sounds of the water cascading into the Roe River, once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s shortest river. Visit the Giant Springs Fish Hatchery and take a walk through the visitor center or feed the fish in the show pond. Find a place to picnic among the towering silver poplars, mature blue spruce or on the manicured lawn. Bring your binoculars or camera and enjoy the park’s exceptional birding opportunities.

River's Edge Trail














Stretching almost 60 miles along both sides of the Missouri River, River’s Edge Trail provides the perfect opportunity for walking, hiking, jogging, skating, cycling, and mountain biking. The paved and singletrack trails encompass spectacular views of the mountains, prairies, river canyons, waterfalls, reservoirs, and five hydroelectric dams while also connecting to Great Falls’ historic downtown, numerous parks, dining options, and attractions.

Escape the Falls - Escape Rooms






Escape the Falls is a real life escape room venue in Great Falls. You and your friends or team will enter one of our themed game rooms, where you will have 60 minutes to figure out how to solve the mystery and make it out. You will need to find clues, solve puzzles, crack codes, and investigate everything to make it out! Rooms are by reservation only and require at least four hour lead time to ensure proper staffing. 

Brush Crazy










Drop in to Brush Crazy and pick from a range of art projects to complete with the guidance of studio staff. All paintings come with step by step directions to help you create your masterpiece. Ceramic and wood projects are also available. Outside food and drink is allowed. Prices depend on project. 

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park (Ulm, MT)

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park and National Historic Landmark is an archaeological site with possibly the largest bison cliff jump in North America.

Native peoples used this site for at least a thousand years before Lewis and Clark passed through here. The bison jump site consists of a mile long sandstone cliff; there are remnants of drive lines on top of the cliff and there are up to 18 ft. of compacted buffalo remains below the cliff. The park has an interpretive trail, picnic tables and a black-tailed prairie dog town to help the visitor better understand the epic history of hunting on the high plains.

The First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park is located approximately 16 miles, or a 25 minute drive from the Great Falls College campus. For visitors who enjoy a hike, the lower entrance has a 3 mile trail loop that allows you to walk up the side of the cliff to the top and back down. There is also an upper entrance that allows visitors to experience the view from the top of the cliff without having to take a hike.