Becoming Watershed Citizens
The Flathead Lakers developed and offer a watershed education program for students to increase their understanding of the physical, biological and social components of the Flathead Watershed and their interconnections. The program includes both classroom lessons and activities and field trips.
The skills, knowledge and understanding the students acquire through the program will help them understand the consequences of the choices they make in the future that affect their communities and the watershed.
We also participate in the annual Flathead Lake Honoring event for high school students sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
We conduct additional educational programs for students as opportunities arise.
In 2011, we conducted a survey of educators to identify water-related educational needs and opportunities in order to build on current clean water education efforts. Survey results show many survey respondents are eager for more information about water education opportunities and programs. We then compiled information about existing water education programs and projects for teachers and other educators. See our report and recommendations to learn more. Thanks to University of Montana graduate student intern Kyle Watson for her work on this project and Montana DEQ for its support through the 319 grant program. Our literature review of clean water education programs is also available.