Seeley Swan High School Discovery Days

Learning about beaver ecosystems with Jennifer Schoonen

Story and photo by Jean Pocha, Pathfinder staff.  OVANDO – With the sound of wolves yipping and woodpeckers hammering away, the SSHS Discovery Days began in Mollett Park on the Blackfoot Challenge Community Conservation Area (BCCA) May 25. Students arrived by school bus to the open grassland area with wetlands and forest skirting the sides. […]

Bears visiting the classroom

Story and photo by Jean Pocha, Pathfinder staff.  OVANDO – “There’s three kinds of bears in Montana, black, brown and very, very brown,” chimed a young student at the Ovando School when asked how many bears live in Montana during a “Bear Necessities” presentation.  Students in both the Little Room, kindergarten through third grade, and […]

Bears and Ghost Towns: Coming together to deliver place-based education

Earlier this fall, the Blackfoot Challenge worked with a host of partners to bring Blackfoot elementary students outdoors to learn about the world around them. On a sunny fall day in late September, the Challenge hosted a Bear Education Day for the Ovando and Helmville schools at the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s H2-O Waterfowl […]