May 19, Sunday
June 15, Saturday
June 30, Sunday
September 29, Sunday
Tours start promptly at 9:30 a.m. and meet behind the shop/auditorium (in Arrakis) to get started. If you are late, you could miss the group.
Pack your own lunch for a lunch break from 1:00 to 2:00 or so, depending in the group.
The tour resumes after lunch and usually goes until 5:00.
Be prepared for uneven and steep ground at times, and being outdoors in Montana weather. We used to do the tour in about three to four hours (cue the Gilligan's Island theme song!), though now it takes at least 6 hours, and can even be 8 hours long if there are a lot of questions. There is walking, albeit not overly long distances, quite a bit of standing, and parts of the tour are driven (we might use our trusty/rusty old van Toots for the driving parts), with limited actual chair or bench seating at some parts of the tour where we gather around to talk about something.
There are three pricing options:
free if you have already paid to attend a workshop or event or if you've paid the bootcamp fee
$20.00 per person just for the day tour (click here to pay $20 - you will need to click and pay again for each additional person)
*Normally, the bootcamp fee is $100.00. BUT if you arrive on the tour day, and take the tour your first day here, that saves us a LOT of orientation time and we'll discount your fee to $50 bucks!
Directions are sent after payment is received.
The goal is to have the tour dates adjacent to other events. So, if you pay to attend that event, you can tag on to a tour as well! This post will be edited if we add more tour dates, or if tours fill up.
Just a reminder that, unfortunately, in most cases, we are unable to accommodate drop-ins or visitors on dates that are not tour dates or not part of the bootcamp. In the past we had residents who would accommodate special requests, and that might happen again soon. Or we might have a private tour fee at some point in the future.
outdoor willow feeder "willow bank" (like an outhouse)
outdoor (rockety wood-heated hot water) shower shack
The lab is two miles from base camp along a paved, then gravel, then steep dirt-sometimes-mud-or-snow-adventure road. It is a much larger, more diverse, forested property surrounded by US forest land. lab features include:
solar electric power via the small "voltzwagon" at Allerton Abbey
solar electric power via the "solar leviathan" at Cooper Cabin
no water source yet (bring water from base camp)
limited cell service, some places no cell service
two outdoor willow feeders - "the chateau de poo" and the "willowonka" (next to Cooper Cabin)
lots of wildlife - including black bears, so please store food properly to avoid attracting bears