Work Trip to Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center and the Pine Ridge Reservation!


Dates: Contact Trees, Water & People for available weeks

Cost: $450*

Join Trees, Water & People in for a work project on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where you will witness natural beauty and hear the incredible stories and history of a people oft forgotten.

On this trip you will:

  • Tend to a large community garden
  • Learn how to build with renewable building practices
  • Hike into the Badlands
  • Pay respects at the Wounded Knee Massacre Site
  • Hear from Lakota speakers
  • Discover modern Lakota culture at a Powwow

Sample Itinerary:

We can craft a trip that meets your group’s needs in terms of trip length, specific topics for speakers to address, and more!

  • Sunday: Groups will eat breakfast having arrived the evening before. After some short readings we will embark on a tour of the Reservation. First we will visit the Wounded Knee Massacre site where Dakota High Hawk, the descendent of a survivor of the massacre, will give the Lakota perspective on what occurred at Wounded Knee in 1890. We will drive from there to the White River Visitor Center, where we will eat lunch. Then we will take an easy hike into the Badlands, where we will give participants the opportunity to sit in silence and listen to the natural soundtrack of the Reservation. Finally, we will return to Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center where we will eat dinner as a group and then hear from one of our speakers. There will be a period of unstructured time following the speaker before we turn out the lights.

  • Monday - Thursday: We will wake up and have a quick breakfast. After some short readings, we will tell you which work site you are going to that day. After arriving at work sites, staff members will help instruct you in how to safely go about the task at hand and offer guidance throughout the workday. Groups that leave the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center for the day will eat on their worksite, and then continue working through the afternoon. Once all groups have returned from their respective sites each day, we will have a group dinner followed by the speaker for the night. Then groups will have unstructured time until we turn out the lights.

  • Friday: We will wake up and have a quick breakfast. After some short readings, we will tell you which work site you are going to that day. After arriving at work sites, staff members will help instruct you in how to safely go about the task at hand and offer guidance throughout the workday. Groups that leave the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center for the day will eat on their worksite, and then continue working through the afternoon. Once all groups have returned from their respective sites each day, we will have a group dinner. Then we will likely depart for a Powwow, where groups will be allowed to explore freely and interact with the Pine Ridge community. We will all rendezvous at the end of the evening and return to the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center.

Contact Daniel Hartman-Strawn at daniel@treeswaterpeople.org or (970)999-4450

*Trip costs vary according to group size, trip length, and programming expenses. Also the cost does not include transportation to and from the Reservation.