Posted by: csdailyblog | September 16, 2011

Hewing Wood Just Like Lewis & Clark

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Conserve School History Teacher sent the following description of his Thursday and Friday classes:

During the winter of 1804-05 Lewis and Clark’s men used some brute strength to build dug-out canoes which allowed them to continue upstream on the Missouri River.  Students at Conserve School have a  chance to use their own brute strength while creating  a dug-out canoe similar to the type paddled by the Corps of Discovery.  In addition to the dug-out canoe, science teacher Robert Eady teamed up with Michael Salat’s history class to help students learn the skills necessary to carve their own paddles.  The combination of these two projects helps bring the history to life.

I visited one of the classes and took photos yesterday. It couldn’t have been a more perfect setting: right on the shore of Little Donahue Lake, sunny and pleasantly cool and breezy, the maple trees just beginning to turn, and the two teachers giving advice, demonstrating techniques, and watching over the small group of students as they tried out the unfamiliar hand tools — much like the ones the Corps of Discovery would have used. Inspiring!

– Mary Anna

Conserve School is a conservation-based semester school for high school students. Read more about us at or on our Facebook page.



  1. I am missing new updates and photo’s from Conserve School…….I love coming home and looking at the blog to feel connected to the happenings that our son and the other students/staff have been involved in. Any new photo’s or feature stories of all that is going on there?

    • Hi Diane,

      Sorry for the gap in updates. We have been upgrading servers here, which disrupted our ability to quickly process and upload photos. We are coming to the conclusion of our technology upgrades and should be posting regular blog updates again shortly.

      Mary Anna

      • Oh thank you very much. My husband and I so enjoy looking at the blog each night. You do a wonderful job with photo’s, informational updates, catching the students in the moment, etc. We missed the updates and I am very appreciative of you taking the time to do these. I am sure all parents enjoy them as we do!!! Thanks for all you do. Conserve School is an amazing place for so many reasons. We are most appreciative that our son is able to be part of it-he LOVES it!!!!

  2. Hello Conserve Students! We are really good friends of Cole Harmon and we want to say Hey Cole! We really enjoy following your adventures! Stay in touch, we love ya! Pam, Jim, Nick and family!!!

  3. I added a few photos that I took of the same activity.

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