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Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center


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Fort Mandan, like Lewis & Clark’s original fort, stands near the Missouri River surrounded by riparian cottonwood forest. In addition to cottonwoods, green ash, boxelders, peachleaf willows, frost grapes, and numerous wildflowers and forbs can be seen. Common animals include Canada geese, snow geese, turkeys, ducks, hawks, various songbirds, rabbits, bats, and whitetail deer, with other species such as bald eagles and moose occasionally making an appearance.
The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center overlooks the Missouri River on typical Upper Great Plains grasslands. East of the Center is Harmony Park, which features plantings of numerous North Dakota native trees and shrubs, including chokecherries, juneberries, wild plums, buffaloberries, and many more. Much of the rest of the grounds are undeveloped grassland, with a mixed-grass prairie restoration area highlighting regional wildflowers to be developed in 2016.