Montana Tech and CFWEP have received $100,000 for a two-year grant for Expanding Environmental Literacy and Stewardship across Montana.
CFWEP, along with our campus and community partners, will deliver a comprehensive, two-year program for teachers within rural, Superfund-affected communities of western Montana. We will provide authentic summer environmental research experiences for students in targeted school districts. We will mentor teachers on community project development, addressing issues of safe and clean water and land revitalization. We will use Butte’s outdoor laboratory, Montana’s superfund site to illustrate methods for both teachers and students on water quality monitoring, stormwater management, soil remediation, and climate resiliency. Through community projects, our program engages teachers and students, as well as the general public, in stewardship and education of their local environment and issues.
“The CFWEP team and our partners are excited to bring forward this excellent opportunity for teachers and students throughout our state. Now more than ever, it is critical that students are engaged in authentic research and outreach projects that develop environmental literacy and stewardship,” said Rayelynn Brandl of the project.
Project partners include Montana Tech’s TRIO Program and the Institute for Educational Opportunities, Montana Tech’s Environmental and Mechanical Engineering Departments, The Science Mine, KBMF radio, Montana OPI, and the Watershed Restoration Coalition.