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Clean-Up Days

Montana Tech Honors College Clean Up Day

April 21, 10am – Noon at Whiskey Gulch

Montana Tech Honors College Clean Up Day supported by Matthew Haynes, Stacy Corbitt, Heather Lingle, Sarah North Wolfe and Katie Bigbee.

Butte Public Library – Clean-Up Kits

April 22 – May 22 at Butte Public Library

The library is creating springtime clean up kits for the community to help celebrate Earth Month. Contact Shari Curtis at the Butte Public Library with questions, (406) 723-3361.


May 8 – 18 at Butte Schools

More than 500 students from Webster Butte High Career Center, Montessori, West, Emerson, Margaret Leary, East, Whittier, Kennedy, Butte Central, East Middle School, and Ramsay will clean up trash around their schools and nearby creeks and waterways.  

Stormwater & Community Education

“Butte Before and After” Presentation

April 28, 2:00pm at Clark Chateau

A century of historic underground mining made a dramatic, lasting impression on the landscape of Butte, Montana.  After being named to the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Priority List in 1986, nearly four decades of environmental clean-up have occurred reshaping the community and the environment for the better. Using photographs, maps, and interactive tools, Butte, Before and After will explore Butte’s rapid urban and industrial expansion in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to explain changes to the landscape and how the city’s unique history, culture, and character informed the 40-year process to reclaim the Butte Hill for public use.

Bird Walk with the UM Bird Ecology Lab Mary Venegas

May 12, 10am at Whiskey Gulch

While it’s too early to be banding songbirds, you can still come and gain a bird’s perspective on mining activities, riparian areas and what the restoration means to Montana Birds. It’s free and appropriate for all ages. 

Meet at the Whiskey Gulch Parking area at 9:45 a.m. and plan to walk the trail towards Rocker and back. Wear shoes and weather-appropriate clothing for a 2 mile walk on a flat paved trail. Consider bringing water, snacks, binoculars and cameras.

For more information, contact Mary Venegas at maryvenegas0608@gmail.com.

“Worth the Wait” Butte Movie Screening

May 13, 2pm at Clark Chateau

“Worth the Wait” is an hour long film that documents the 30 years of reclamation of more than a hundred years of mining and smelting wastes that accumulated in the upper Clark Fork River Basin in Montana, from mines in Butte to the smelters in Anaconda all the way to the Milltown Dam near Missoula. Worth the Wait was created by filmmakers Dick Maney and BJ McKenzie who also made “Butte: The Original” in 2010 about the history and character of Butte.

Q&A from makers Dick Maney and BJ McKenzie to follow.

For more information, contact Morgan Maccione at the Clark Chateau at mmaccione@bsb.mt.gov.

Landscape & Gardening

CFWEP Native Pollinator Wildflower Seeds

April 22 – May 22 at Earth Month Events

A special CFWEP mix of Native Pollinator Wildflower Seeds will be available free of charge at the CFWEP table at all Earth Month events.

Contact Melissa Wanamaker at mwanamaker@mtech.edu or (406) 496-4790.

Indoor Arbor Day

April 28, 4-6pm at Front Street Station

The Friends of Urban Forests will host Indoor Arbor Day at the Front Street Station. This is a fun, free event for families. City Arborist Trevor will do a tree planting demonstration. Smokey bear and a forest ranger will be there to greet kids. Kids will leave with a tree sapling or certificate for baby tree while supplies last.

Contact Linda Palagi at palag1@hotmail.com for more information.

NCAT five Small Scale Intensive Farm Training (SIFT) Workshop

May 13, 10am – Noon at SIFT Farm

NCAT will begin their first of five Small Scale Intensive Farm Training (SIFT) Workshop Series during Earth Month. This free sustainable gardening training will give you a hands-on lesson on composting basics, organic potting mix, organic soil amendments, cover crops, mulching methods, vermiculture and more. We will also talk about how to schedule your plantings throughout the growing season and the importance of hardening off plants in our environment. Free.

Contact John Wallace at Johnw@ncat.org with questions or for more details.

Community Art

CFWEP Stormwater Art Contest

April 1 – May 22

Know an artist who also loves our local waters? We are collecting submissions of aquatic-inspired art (in any medium!) to potentially be installed on signal boxes around Butte!

Did you know that our storm drains empty directly into our local waterways? Help us raise stormwater awareness in our community by submitting any art with a connection to creeks, streams, and rivers.

Four winning artworks will selected and artists awarded $200. Art is due May 22 at 5 PM and will be installed before Folk Festival. Submit your art via email to Melissa Wanamaker at mwanamaker@mtech.edu.

Learn more at https://cfwep.org/stormwater-art/

Earth Month Art Exhibit

May 5, 4-6pm at Carpenter’s Union Hall

Carpenters Union Hall will host an Earth Month Art exhibit on the second floor. Artists are welcome to display and sell their Earth Month themed art. We invite them to consider a 10% donation to the Carpenter’s Union Hall and a 10% donation to CFWEP for art sold. For more information, contact Daniel Hogan at gm@butteamericaradio.org.

Pollinator Hotel Craft Activity

April 27, 4-5:30pm at Clark Chateau

The Clark Chateau Young Creator’s Group with have an Earth Month-themed craft activity on April 27 from 4-5:30 pm. They will be creating pollinator hotels. They can host up to 12 students so get your reservation in early.

Contact Morgan Maccione at mmaccione@bsb.mt.gov for more information.