Indiana's Wildlife

Lewis discovered many species of animals that were new to him as the Corps traveled west. He wrote a detailed description of the animal and noted where it was found, so that it could be classified for science. Sound easy?

Try your hand at classifying animals. Click on the animals below that you think are found in the wild in Indiana today. Beware: some of these animals used to live in Indiana, but are no longer found in the wild in this state.






Pronghorn Antelope





Bald Eagle
Mountain Lion





Wild Turkey
River Otter





Lewis & Clark Quiz

The answers to this quiz can be found throughout our Lewis and Clark pages.


What are Lewis & Clark's first names?
Lewis brought a pet on the journey. What was it and what was it's name?
Who was Clark's famous older brother?
Who was the only member of the expedition to die?
To what tribe did Sacagawea belong?
What was the name of Sacagawea's son born on the expedition?
What was the name of the elderly Shosone man who guided the expedition across the mountains?
What was the name of Clark's slave who went along on the trip?
On the return trip, what river did Clark explore without Lewis?
With which tribe did Lewis fight on the return trip?
Which member of the expedition chose not to return to St. Louis but to join a group of trappers headed west?

Make Your Own Vermilion (Red Face Paint)
Lewis included many gifts for the Indians the Corps would meet - tomahawks, tobacco, beads, belts, and vials of vermilion. Lewis made his vermilion by grinding minerals in to pigment. Try making your own with this simpler method:

You'll need:

1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon water
1 tablespoon cold cream
8 drops red food coloring
a cup, spoon, and paintbrush

Mix the cornstarch, water, cold cream, and red food coloring together in the cup. That's all there is too it! Now use the paintbrush or your fingers to paint your face with your own design. WARNING: This dye will stay damp on your skin, so be careful about touching your face until you're ready to wash it off.

Classifying Animals

President Jefferson knew that the expedition would come across animals and other living things that had never been seen before. He wanted Lewis to observe and accurately describe them. For scientific study, Jefferson knew Lewis would need to collect specimens (samples), sort (classify) them, and name them. So, the president taught Lewis the biological classification system that scientists use to classify all living things.

Try this activity with a few friends to see how well you can do classifying animals:

You'll need:
A few friends
Beanie Baby© or any other type stuffed animal (include a variety to make this more fun such as squirrels, raccoons, birds, etc.)
pencil and paper for each person
Begin by assigning each animal a number and lining them up on a table. Have each person observe each animal - the animal's size (length and width), color, number of toes/eyes/fins/hooves (you get the idea), etc. Then (using a separate piece of paper for each animal), have them write a description of the animal. Remember: don't number your papers or write your name on them! Next, collect all the papers, shuffle them, and then redistribute the papers among your friends (if anyone gets their own paper, have them exchange it). Now the fun begins! See if your friends can read the descriptions and determine which animals are being described. Good luck!