Chief Plenty Coups State Park

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O V E R V I E W
Facility:Chief Plenty Coups State Park
Description:Situated within the Crow Reservation in south-central Montana, 40 minutes south of Billings, this park was the home of Plenty Coups, last chief of the Crow. This day-use park preserves the log home, sacred spring, and farmstead of Chief Plenty Coups. Plan at least an hour to walk the grounds and browse through the small visitor center that traces the story of Chief Plenty Coups' life, and of the chief's efforts to lead his people in adopting the lifestyle of the white man.
A D D R E S S
Address 1:on Pryor Creek at river mile 80
Address 2:
City:Pryor
State/Province:MT
Zip Code:59066
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:Open 05/01 - 09/30 or by appointment.
Park: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Museum: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Admission:
Telephone:(406) 252-1289
Website:Visit Website
R E V I E W S
Aaron Kind, Co-op Member
Field Trip Education Programs
All programs are standards-based, interactive, hands-on and developmentally appropriate. Program times are 10:00am-12:00 or 12:30-2:30pm (M-F).Teachers may choose one class and one activity for their program. All programs include a tour of Chief Plenty Coups house and Sacred Spring. Programs are approximately 1 to 2 hours long. They consist of an introduction, student exploration of the visitor center (15min), class (30min), Chief s house tour (30min), and activity (20min). With advanced notice, programs can be modified for other age levels, special accommodations or if visitors are requiring materials in a different format, please call (406)252-1289.

Class Choices
Tan Your Hide -The buffalo was not only a source of food, it was clothing, shelter, tools and other necessities for Plains Indian peoples. Students explore traditional methods of tanning a buffalo hide as well as examining examples of new technologies brought by European and American traders. (K-5th)

Symbols in Society - Symbols convey powerful messages and surround us every day. Students analyze different American Indian symbols from Chief Plenty Coups Ledger to Sioux Winter Count Robes. Students also explore and discuss symbols they see in everyday life. (4th-8th)

Survive with your Tribe - Competition or co-operation? Students work in small tribes to survive environmental and technological changes. This class explores group dynamics, resource management and history through the use of game pieces representing a tribe s survival toolbox . (4th-8th)

Life Cycles - Go beyond the frog or butterfly and explore some of the Park s resident animal s life cycles. In this science-based class, students learn about scientific observations while trying to match young animals to their prospective parent. (K-3rd)

Food Webs - From producers to consumers, students will explore the interconnectedness of the food web and see what happens when species are removed in this interactive science-based class. (K-5th)

Pollution Solutions - Water is essential to life, from the Chief s Sacred Spring to the water you drink. This environmental education class will explore the impacts of pollution, how it enters the water cycle and the simple actions we can take to reduce water pollution. (3rd-8th)

Activity Choices

Capture the Butterfly - Based on Chief Plenty Coups story with his grandfather. In this activity, students will race one another to capture a toy butterfly, to lend me your grace and swiftness as said by Chief Plenty Coups. (K-3rd)

Crow Coups Relay - Four coups were needed to become a Crow war chief. Students try to raid toy horses to complete this coup .but don t get caught! (K-5th)

Birds and Binoculars - Students take a Ranger-led short hike to explore birds and wildlife throughout the Park. Students are provided binoculars and bird guides to use. (K-8th)


Activity Loans (for use by teacher after the Education Program)

Gone Fishin -Fishing poles available for teacher/student use with advanced notice. (Students over 12 years old must have a valid MT Fishing License)

Game Sets - Volleyball and net, Croquet set and Horseshoe set. (Teachers/students are responsible for set-up and return of loans in original condition and working order)


*Indoor activities are also available in case of inclement weather.
Aaron Kind, Co-op Member
Field Trip Education Programs
All programs are standards-based, interactive, hands-on and developmentally appropriate. Program times are 10:00am-12:00 or 12:30-2:30pm (M-F).Teachers may choose one class and one activity for their program. All programs include a tour of Chief Plenty Coups house and Sacred Spring. Programs are approximately 1 to 2 hours long. They consist of an introduction, student exploration of the visitor center (15min), class (30min), Chief s house tour (30min), and activity (20min). With advanced notice, programs can be modified for other age levels, special accommodations or if visitors are requiring materials in a different format, please call (406)252-1289.

Class Choices
Tan Your Hide -The buffalo was not only a source of food, it was clothing, shelter, tools and other necessities for Plains Indian peoples. Students explore traditional methods of tanning a buffalo hide as well as examining examples of new technologies brought by European and American traders. (K-5th)

Symbols in Society - Symbols convey powerful messages and surround us every day. Students analyze different American Indian symbols from Chief Plenty Coups Ledger to Sioux Winter Count Robes. Students also explore and discuss symbols they see in everyday life. (4th-8th)

Survive with your Tribe - Competition or co-operation? Students work in small tribes to survive environmental and technological changes. This class explores group dynamics, resource management and history through the use of game pieces representing a tribe s survival toolbox . (4th-8th)

Life Cycles - Go beyond the frog or butterfly and explore some of the Park s resident animal s life cycles. In this science-based class, students learn about scientific observations while trying to match young animals to their prospective parent. (K-3rd)

Food Webs - From producers to consumers, students will explore the interconnectedness of the food web and see what happens when species are removed in this interactive science-based class. (K-5th)

Pollution Solutions - Water is essential to life, from the Chief s Sacred Spring to the water you drink. This environmental education class will explore the impacts of pollution, how it enters the water cycle and the simple actions we can take to reduce water pollution. (3rd-8th)

Activity Choices

Capture the Butterfly - Based on Chief Plenty Coups story with his grandfather. In this activity, students will race one another to capture a toy butterfly, to lend me your grace and swiftness as said by Chief Plenty Coups. (K-3rd)

Crow Coups Relay - Four coups were needed to become a Crow war chief. Students try to raid toy horses to complete this coup .but don t get caught! (K-5th)

Birds and Binoculars - Students take a Ranger-led short hike to explore birds and wildlife throughout the Park. Students are provided binoculars and bird guides to use. (K-8th)


Activity Loans (for use by teacher after the Education Program)

Gone Fishin -Fishing poles available for teacher/student use with advanced notice. (Students over 12 years old must have a valid MT Fishing License)

Game Sets - Volleyball and net, Croquet set and Horseshoe set. (Teachers/students are responsible for set-up and return of loans in original condition and working order)


*Indoor activities are also available in case of inclement weather.
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