Join for part or all of the Transect, September 3-13, 2016
Entire Transect Experience from $7,800 per person*
Per Segment Experiences from $2,600 per person*
This trip is an opportunity to discuss and understand at a much deeper level the habitat and wildlife American Prairie Reserve is working to preserve for future generations. This is the second annual Transect. You will travel slowly along large sections of the Reserve, experiencing the land’s spaciousness and natural pace. You’ll be joined by leading historians, artists, scientists and explorers who will share fascinating stories of land’s earliest inhabitants including Native Americans and European settlers as well as the territory and its wild dwellers.
The journey is taken at a leisurely pace. Participants walk, paddle or ride along the route, carrying no heavy loads and at a leisurely pace with lots of breaks. An advance crew sets up camp at each stop along the way. There are showers, cold drinks, and dinner on the grill. In the evenings you’ll relax around the fire listening to interpretive talks, sipping a drink, and marveling at the absolute quiet (save the coyote yips and owl hoots). A hearty breakfast is served each morning before setting out on the day’s route. You’ll only carry your essentials and all other gear will be transported ahead of you.
During the journey you’re invited to take a break from your over-scheduled life and de-stress. You’ll have the opportunity to ditch your phone and email, spend time in nature, connect meaningfully with others, get a new perspective by changing up your routine and seeing things from a new angle, catch up on sleep, laugh, move your body, and practice being present. This is an experience of slowing down and letting nature and the magnitude of this extraordinary project sink in.
Consider a stay at the innovative Kestral Camp at the end of your Transect experience. Staying at Kestral Camp will add a new dimension to your time on the American Prairie Reserve. Learn more about Kestral Camp here.
Pricing includes ground transportation, meals, camping, and equipment rental. Travel to Montana and pre- and post-Transect lodging is excluded from the pricing above.
Experts Joining the 2016 Transect
Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs | Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs is the author of The Lewis and Clark Companion and Why Sacagawea Deserves the Day Off, along with numerous articles and books on western history. The daughter of late historian and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Stephen Ambrose, author of Undaunted Courage — the renowned chronicle of the Lewis and Clark Expedition — Stephenie literally grew up on the Lewis and Clark Trail. President of the Lewis and Clark Trust, her passion for conservation and resource preservation has also sparked her ongoing involvement in the American Prairie Reserve and the Montana Preservation Alliance. During the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (2003-2006), she travelled the entire trail speaking about the experiences and the legacy of the Corps of Discovery. As we navigate through and around the steps of Lewis and Clark, Stephenie will speak about the expedition, which she calls “the story of our country.”
Jessica Kilroy | Jessica is a musician, composer, soundscape artist and conservationist. Raised in Northwest Montana, Jessica draws inspiration from the rivers, rocks, plants and creatures that dance upon mountain heights and open lands. Her newest projects incorporate field recordings of natural sounds into her compositions and live performances. Through such work, she hopes to raise awareness for conservation issues and the rapidly disappearing soundscapes of our natural lands (echoing her great uncle Ralph Waldo Emerson!). Jessica has participated in the American Prairie Reserve artist in residence program, with her work on the prairie involving sampling nature sounds and using them to further people’s connection with the Reserve, “evoke the spirit of the prairie and call attention to the importance of unpolluted natural soundscapes in a balanced ecosystem.”
Clyde Aspevig | Renowned landscape artist, Montana prairie native and American Prairie Reserve board member, Clyde is a Renaissance Man who will talk about nature, the West and its representations in art. “Paintings are a spiritual communion with nature which results in my celebration of life. I yearn for country that has not been tainted by subdivision, power poles, billboards, and water slides. I choose to paint my pictures as if I, or the viewer, were the first person to set foot upon the landscape.”