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About The Clark Fork Watershed Education Program

The Clark Fork Watershed Education Program (CFWEP) is a non-profit organization founded in 2005. We are headquartered in Butte, Montana, and we have another office in Missoula, Montana.

Through partnerships, contracts, education programs, field trips, classroom visits, events, tours, and our newspaper we interact with over 10,000 people each year including K-12 students, K-12 teachers, and community members.


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Core Purpose

To provide people with the tools to understand, engage, and improve their community.


We foster environmental stewardship and scientific decision-making through place-based learning and direct experiences.


Inspiring people of all ages to engage as scientifically literate citizens working for positive change.

Know where you live. 

Make it better.



Students served since 2005.

Advisory Board

CFWEP is supported by an Advisory Board of education, science, and local experts. Our board members include:

  • Joe Griffin
  • Colleen Elliott 
  • Justin Ringsack
  • Amy Verlanic

Our History

The Clark Fork Watershed Education Program (CFWEP) has been a leading provider of environmental and restoration education programs and services in western Montana since 2005. CFWEP also offers public education and outreach services such as tours, events, and publications that connect the public with the science and history of the amazing landscape of western Montana.

We are fully equipped to provide education and information regarding watershed health, ecosystems and biota in uninjured, injured and restored stream reachers, anchored by historic and environmental context. Along with our staff of science and education experts, volunteer scientists and environmental experts working in western Montana design research and monitoring programs and provide up-to-date information, often working directly with students, teachers, and citizens who want to learn more about the natural world around us.