Pompeys Pillar
Pompeys Pillar
Credit: Bureau of Land Management

Bureau of Land ManagementPompeys Pillar National Monument & Interpretive Center

Member Since: 12/14/2011

Primary Contact: Robert Hall
Other Contact: Jeff Kitchens

Pompeys Pillar National Monument
5001 Soutgate Drive
Billings, MT 59101
(406) 670-3908

The 51 acres of Pompeys Pillar National Monument is located within the 432 acre Pompeys Pillar Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). They are managed as a unit by the Billings Field Office of the Montana/Dakotas BLM.

Educational Partners: Key partners of Pompeys Pillar National Monument include Friends of Pompeys Pillar, Billings Public Schools, Montana Audubon Conservation Education Center,

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Pompeys Pillar National Monument is home to the only remaining visible physical evidence of the passage of the Lewis and Clark expedition. On July 25, 1806 Captain Clark ascended the pillar and carved his name and the date near some Native American petroglyphs and pictographs. That brief visit made this massive sandstpone outcrop famous, but it was important long before Clark ever saw it.
The Pillar’s premier location at a natural ford in the Yellowstone River, and its geologic distinction as the only major sandstone formation in the area, have made Pompeys Pillar a celebrated landmark and outstanding observation point for more than eleven thousand years of human occupation. Thousands of markings, petroglyphs, and inscriptions left by visitors over the centuries have transformed this geologic feature into a living journal of the American West and document the history which played out around it.
Today, over 30,000 visitors a year come to Pompeys Pillar National Monument to see Clark's signature, tour the interpretive center, and enjoy the riparian environment that surrounds it.
 Pompeys Pillar National Monument, in partnership with the Montana Audubon Environmental Education Center, offers Audubon Naturalists in the Schools (ANTS) to fourth-grade classes in area school districts.
 
The purpose of the ANTS program is to improve student achievement in math and science and while raising awareness and understanding of the natural environment. Providing classroom and field-based instruction, the ANTS program engages each student in multiple outdoor, place-based education programs each year.  This program has been developed in partnership with the Billings School District #2 science curriculum director and several local teachers to ensure strong curriculum connections with Montana State Standards.  
 
A series of four classroom visits alternating with three field trips, introduce students to the history, concepts, and techniques used by naturalists to study the world around us - then gives them the opportunity to put those tools to use on public lands. Alnog the way they discover that the study of naural history is available to all and develope a sense of ownership, responsibility, and stewardship in their public lands.

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