Student Reports

Quotes pulled from student's reports on their trip to the Buffalo Jump and/or the American Prairie Reserve. 

Period 3

"Then we went to a ranch and ate lunch there. Then we learned about over grazing and under grazing which both were really interesting. Then we petted a 3 and 7 day old lamb. After petting the lamb we got taught about the land and how if you care for it, it will care for you. Then we went to the farm and there was a milk cow. We learned how to make homemade butter and ice cream. Then everyone if they wanted to could of milked a cow. Which I never have so had to, I would have to say it was pretty fun." - Andrew A. 


"The boiling stone experiment was very exciting. Mr. Riss used hot quart rocks and dropped them into a 50 quart bucket of luke warm water. He did this to make the water boil. " - Annika A.


"In the station Atlatl, we listened to a guy talk about what they used the arrow things for... When he finished talking he showed us how to throw it, it was actually really cool." -Alicia D.


"When the water would boil it started to smell like tar because of the quartzite. It was not a pleasant smell but it was amusing to watch the water go all over the place." -Bill E.


"The Prairie Dog Station was one of my favorite stations because of all that I learned about prairie dogs." -Caleb F.


"The thing that stuck out to me the most was when the tour guide told us the reason why we can't feed the prairie dogs. He said that there was a prairie dog that was orange because it only ate Cheetos's." -Cassandra F. 


"Something I thought was interesting was how they put collars on wild animals and they track the animals through these collars and most animals died within a year of having the collar on." -Tianna M.


"We were given a GPS and coordinates and the coordinates would lead us to a little container with our new coordinates in it. At first, my group was really confused which way we should be walking and for a little while we had been going the opposite direction." -Grace W.


"The second activity I did was the scavenger hunt, which was inside the visitor center... I really enjoyed this part of the day because I learned more in those few rooms than in the rest of the surrounding area." -Timothy W.

Period 4

"The view was spectacular it was well worth the long and hard walk up." -Tyler B.


"Sierra also said "you are what you eat but you are also where you eat." And that is something I have never really thought about, where the food I eat comes from and how it was taken care of." -Brynn D.


"One of the things we learned about that has stuck with me was "blood pudding." Yes, it is as gross as it sounds, they used buffalo blood and add other things to it, then heated it up which made it the consistency of pudding. I would never consider trying it." -Brynn D.


"The Hike was my most favorite part of the whole trip. It was amazing seeing everything! The landscape, Different vital spot that the tribes used, Where the buffalo fell off. It was amazing how the buffalo got up there." - Angela G.


"That day was a great day to get out and explore beyond the great walls of Great Falls Montana." - Sydney K.


"The trip has made me think deep into my future, after spending a couple days on the reserve and on farms an interest has been sparked in my head to possibly become a biologist and base my life off the controversy of reintroducing bison back into Montana." - Matthew L.


"It was very interesting to hear about the advanced technology that is being used in this satellite, and the images she showed us were incredible." -Christine M.


"It was really great to have these guest speakers at our school to tell us all of this interesting information, I'm glad that we had this awesome opportunity to learn new things." -Korbyn R.


Period 5

"After listening to Kyran talk about the Prairie it really made me look at our land and animals differently, I realized how precious our land is and that we need to take care of it." -Gabriella G.


"Overall, I learned quite a bit of valuable information about ranching and farming. I am very grateful we could have these speakers come to our school." -Sarah K.


"It was a very fun experience at the First Peoples Buffalo Jump. I hope we go there again some other day." -Trace K.


"There was so much we talked about but the few things that stuck with me the most were the black footed ferrets, the prairie dogs, and the plauge that affected both species." -Mackenzie L.


"I thought the speech that Kyran gave us was very interesting and maybe one day, I could even help out with the cause." -Grace N. 


"I learned many new things about wildlife and the way they live, and it's all thanks to the Randy Matchett for taking time out of his day to talk to my class, it was very informative. I very much enjoyed his presence and his teaching strategy. I hope, someday, I get to experience the way of the wild, as closely as Randy does everyday." -Grace N. 


"The most amazing part was when I found out it took about 20 bison skins to make 1 tepee." -Taylor R.


"I also found the school very interesting. It just makes me think that the teacher had to really trust the students because she depended on them to give her food." -Masina S. 


"They were all pretty interesting, but i thought that learning about the GPS was my favorite part. I liked it the most because i like technology and learning about that kind of stuff." -Logan W.


"I also learned the the Rocky Boy reservation is the smallest reservation which is also the reservation I come from." -Lacey Z.

Period 6

"After are wonderful trip with the APR we got to go visit some ranches and that's where I tried my first lamb burger it was really good... I also got to see what it was like to go to school out there and honesty I think a lot of us would get bored out there. I was also able to milk a cow for the first time." -Graham B.


"Overall in my opinion it was a fun experience to learn how to throw the atl atl, and to learn more about native culture." -Alicia F.


"In my opinion some of the things they created and used it for is very impressive but others are just disgusting, for example they used the bison's bladder for canteens." -Colette G. 


"It was really cool getting to see the different displays of what we believe the native people's homes looked like and what the different tribes used the buffalo for. If you ever get the chance I would go and check out the First People's Buffalo Jump. I'm sure it'll be worth your time." - Shaylee M.


"I believe the over arching lesson was that we should be good stewards to our land and treat the flora and fauna with respect. We need to preserve what we can because in 20-30 years there's not going to be much left." -Jacob N.


"I liked learning about wildlife just because I used to live out of the city and see red foxes about everyday." -Addison S.

Period 7

"Just sitting in the battlegrounds was a great experience, because I could truly visualize the struggle and hardships of the indians in those few days, stuck in the middle of the winter." -Benjamin H.


"When you walk into the Visitor center doors, you are amazed by the information before you. When I went, the first thing I noticed was a full-body mount bison that said "Please Touch". Surprised, I touched the buffalo and felt it's thick, scrunchy hair. Many stations, a photo gallery, a tepee, and an informational talk later, I came out with a lot of knowledge about the buffalo jump." -Benjamin H.


"Something that stood out to me the most is how half of the wildlife has disappeared over the years." -Courtney K.


"There are no words to describe the beauty of the stars and constellations on that night... As we went back to our tents it was a surreal feeling to fall asleep to the sounds of crickets and frogs." -Cayley N. 


"On the last day of the Prairie Expedition trip we experienced the Bearpaw Battlefield...It was fascinating yet sad at the same time to hear all of the different stories from those short October days. It's amazing to know that most of the fighting took place within thirty minutes."- Cayley N.

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