CFWEP and Montana Tech receive $1.3 million grant!

The grant is from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences of the NIH Science Education Partnership (NIH-SEPA) Award program. The five-year award will launch an exciting science education research project titled, Phages Helping Acquire Genuine Experiences in Sciences (PHAGES).

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The Montana Steward: Anaconda Edition is Available!

How did historic mining and smelting impact Anaconda, Montana? What are the current restoration and remediation projects for Anaconda? In this edition you’ll learn about Anaconda history, as well as what makes Anaconda unique in the Clark Fork Watershed.

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We are scientists and change-makers.

The Clark Fork Watershed Education Program (CFWEP) seeks to inspire people of all ages to engage as scientifically literate citizens working for positive change.

How can you be involved with CFWEP?

We are scientists and change-makers.

The Clark Fork Watershed Education Program (CFWEP) seeks to inspire people of all ages to engage as scientifically literate citizens working for positive change.

How can you be involved with CFWEP?

What We Do

The Clark Fork Watershed Education Program (CFWEP) serves communities across Montana and throughout the Clark Fork Watershed. We focus on place-based environmental education through student programs, teacher professional development, and public engagement and outreach.

Student Programs

Teacher Professional Development

Public Engagement & Outreach


On the Tip of the Tongue: Vertebrate Tongue Adaptations

April 27, 2020

Look in the mirror, then stick out your tongue and say, “Aw”.  What you see is a muscular organ protruding from your mouth, an organ that contains no bones and averages about 3.5 inches long.  We use it to speak, chew, taste, swallow, natural cleaning of teeth, and for licking… More

In this time of hunkering down–what about Butte’s CD?

April 3, 2020

Post by:  Rayelynn Brandl, Clark Fork Watershed Education Program Director As we navigate this COVID-19 crisis, it is easy to focus inward; to be myopic as we shelter in place with our loved ones. Perhaps we find ourselves saying, When all of this is over, then we can get back… More

Applications Now Open! SEPA INBRE Summer 2020 Research Scholar Program

February 25, 2020

Did you participate in the BRIC or PHAGES phage discovery program at your high school or middle school? If so, you are eligible to participate in the SEPA INBRE Summer 2020 Research Scholar Program at either Montana Tech or Montana State University. More Details »       More

“Understanding our place in the world through the lens of watershed science has fundamentally changed who I am as a teacher and as a human being. CFWEP has everything to do with this metamorphosis. The impact of this organization on me and my pedagogy cannot be described as anything other than transformational.”

-Chris Pavlovich, Livingston Public Schools

“I have worked with CFWEP for 6 years now and am always astounded at the large amount of focused information that is taught by the very knowledgeable CFWEP staff. My teaching partner and I have developed a unit that incorporates CFWEP into a larger topic dealing with the use of finite resources and their impact on all living things. The language, understanding and data skills that the students get during the 2 week CFWEP unit are used as building blocks for the rest of our unit. The CFWEP staff are incredibly accommodating and work diligently to ‘fit-in’ and support the students and staff before, during and after the CFWEP experience. They have worked hard to create other resources that can be implemented by the classroom teacher between class visits, which strengthens and reinforces the learning that takes place during the classroom presentation. I LOVE this program and support it 110%.”

-Kimberly Johnson, Missoula County Public Schools

“This is an awesome program. The kids love it, and the scale of the program really makes them feel special as contributors to a larger cause. This is work most classes could never afford to bring into the classroom; plus the expertise and openness of Dr. Pedulla and all involved really made it stand out as an experience past students always bring up as a real draw for growing interest in science fields.”

-Seth O’Connell, Montana City Schools

“It is such a joy to work alongside Dalit Guscio, Dr. Erick Greene and the other MOP team members in bringing information about ospreys and the work of the Montana Osprey Project to a much wider audience via the Hellgate Live Cam. Viewers across the country and even the world are very interested in the Project. We have been able to share the history of Clark Fork River, the Superfund Project and the research of the MOP. I live in South Carolina and was able to visit Missoula and see firsthand the Montana Osprey Project in action. This was indeed life-changing. It also gave me a greater context, understanding, and appreciation of the Project.”

-Sharon Leigh Miles, Moderator with Cornell Lab or Ornithology Bird Cams for the Hellgate Osprey Cam

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