Sample itinerary

for your group retreat

The Herrick Elevator offers your group an outstanding educational experiences.  Add a tour guide for your group for just $75 per day.  
Below is one of our favorite itineraries  We'll personalize as necessary, due to your needs or the weather.   Email us for more information.  

Arrive between 2 and 4pm
4pm--Head for the Missouri River for an evening  swim and picnic
9pm--Return to Herrick Elevator, showers, bedtime

9am--History Presentation:  How Todd Lost His County (and found it again out west)
9:45am--Drive to Fort Randall, watch for eagles at wildlife refuge
11amdrive to YST headquarters, visit church, monument, buffalo herd
Noon picnic
1pm--return to Herrick.  The afternoon is yours.

9am--Visit Milk's Camp:  Episcopal Church, Congregational Church, Catholic Cemetery, Day School Building/pow wow site, UCC church, visit with Judy Hanson (quilts, beading, old photos)
12noon--picnic at Milk's Camp
Afternoon and Evening:  your time

9am--go to Whetstone Bay, Whetstone Agency site, travel up Hwy 1806 if weather allows, Burke Lake picnic, spirit mound
12noon--picnic at Burke Lake
Afternoon and Evening: your time

9am--Homesteader Tour:  Travel along the former railroad in Gregory County to visit our local towns.  Stops include Pete's Taxidermy, Oscar Micheaux homestead site, Gregory Buttes Observation deck, Old Dallas and New Dallas.
12noon--picnic at Gregory Park

This day is all yours.

Check out before noon.  See you next year!

Group Retreats

The Herrick Elevator Retreat Center offers your group a one-of-a-kind lodging experience.  
Email us for more information.

Our Location:

The Herrick Elevator offers your group a fantastic opportunity for outstanding educational experiences.  Our National Register building provides a central location for telling the story of our history.

The Herrick Elevator
is a National Register Building located on Highway 18 
in Gregory County, South Dakota
90 miles east of the Rosebud Reservation and within 60 miles of:

Yankton Sioux Tribal Headquarters
Fort Randall
Whetstone Agency site
Ponca Agency site
Milk's Camp (a community of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe)
99th Meridian (former border of Great Sioux Nation)
Missouri River
Keya Paha and Niobrara Rivers (Treaty of 1858 border)
Chicago Northwestern Railroad

Things you can experience:
Beading, quilts, old photos, historic presentations, Burke Lake, Missouri River, picnics.  Visit Milk's Camp Community, Yankton Sioux Tribe headquarters, Rosebud Reservation, site of Whetstone Agency, site of Ponca Agency, Treaty of 1858 boundary, 99th Meridian, and a cattle ranch.  (Some sites are not available in inclement weather.) Each day, we'll provide experiences that will help you truly understand our history, our people, our lives.  The rest of the day is yours...for family visits, service projects, quiet time, me time.  You can see a sample itinerary.

For Youth Groups:
We recommend that you bring 1 adult (21 years or more) for every 6 youth (18 years or younger). If the group consists of male and female youth, the group leaders should include each gender.

Service Opportunities exist with nearby communities of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.  Contact us and we'll help you connect.  See bottom of this page for a sample itinerary.

For Writer, Artist, and Birder Groups:
You've discovered the perfect spot ... peaceful calm, great views, natural beauty, inspirational sunrises and sunsets.  
We're near the Karl E Mundt Eagle Refuge (30miles), Burke Lake Birding site (7miles) and Ponca Creek (5miles).  Just twenty minutes away, on the Nebraska border, we've got a pretty little creek running through 350 acres of rolling pastureland and meadows.  You can fish on the pond and watch for deer, red-winged blackbirds, meadowlarks, hawks, and other small wildlife.  Come with us and spend some time.  We think you'll like it as much as we do. 

Get more information on local birding at the SD Birdwatching page, including the Great Lakes Birding Brochure, a request form for SD Backyard Birding Booklet, and a birders checklist.

For Hunters:
Please email us with your request for dates.  
We do not provide a guide or a hunt, just lodging.  
We are located 13 miles west of Bonesteel, 7 miles east of Burke, 15 miles east of Gregory, 19 miles east of Dallas.  Find information about hunting seasons at the SD Game Fish and Parks website.

Summer Workshop Class

The Herrick Elevator offers an outstanding experience enhanced by local people in touch with our way of life and educated in our history.  
Email us for more information.

EDUC 359 Lakota Life Today and as History
3 semester hours of undergraduate credit, available  from  Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD
Location:  Herrick, SD and surrounding area
Dates:  Monday-Friday, July 23-27, 2011

Workshop fee of $190 can be paid online or by check sent to Cultural Heritage Institute, PO Box 234, Herrick SD 57538.  Tuition is $50/credit hour, payable to Augustana University when you arrive at the workshop.

- A One-of-a-Kind Historic Destination -