Wild & Scenic Missouri River Reflections

“The more I think about it, even if I was able to make the journey from the Missouri down to the Gulf, there is always an inevitable end to every river just like there needed to be an end to the trip, an end to Wilderness and Civilization and an end to my first year…

Organic Farming, Community, and Wilderness by Will Pfiester

Last fall, while deciding which internship to get involved with during the spring semester, Clark Fork Organics caught my attention.  I have always been interested in learning more about growing vegetables and farming practices, mostly because I personally do not have much of a green thumb to begin with.  However, I thoroughly enjoy working in…

Stagnation by Craig Martynn

Before I go into detail about my internship I would like to give recognition to the people that made this possible for me. Alex Metcalf, hearing that I was in search of an internship position, reached out to me with the option of helping at the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Region 2 headquarters here…

Last Child in the Park by Jess Monis

“Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.” This quote from Richard Louv’s, “Last Child In the Woods” speaks…

Something About Sawdust by Forrest Smith

My internship working with Mark Vander Meer’s Watershed Consulting and Bad Goat Forest Products has allowed me the freedom to diversify much of what I could get out of an internship. All that Mark does in the community allows for the volunteer to have many opportunities and to be hands-on. That was my major criteria…

A Farm in Winter by Earl Clark

So far my internship at Clark Fork Organics has consisted of manual labor.  Will and I have mostly done cleaning and improvement projects to the greenhouses, but have also done a little bit of planting.  In the greenhouses we have cleaned out dead plants, tarps, removed hoses, and gathered plastic rings off the tomato plants…

A Network of Educators by Kyra Searcy

My internship this semester has been working with students and volunteers who are all connected by a shared passion for the health of our watershed. The Watershed Education Network is an organization which connects students to the wildness of their backyard creek and connects adults to their watershed through stream monitoring and advocacy. WEN is…

The Soundscape of Your Neighboring Wild by Josiah Simmons

We meet at the University and pack up Cedar’s little old Tacoma with the recording gear. We carry 15 grocery bags filled with one microphone, recorder, and synchronizer each; two mail buckets, that Cedar presumably stole, with the words “$1000 fine and 3 years imprisonment [ … ] for misuse or theft” full of data…

Gardening in a Massive Way by Jessica Raty

My internship incorporates three of my favorites things all into one: food (the Food Zoo in particular), being outside, and digging in the dirt! Can you guess who it is with? The UM Gardens! The UM Gardens works closely with the food industries on campus to provide them with fresh, campus-grown produce to use in…

Fall Trek 2017 Reflections Bob Marshall Wilderness

Unprepared, and with a heavy burden strapped to my back, I ascended the mountain into Big Sky Country.  Now for someone who’s never backpacked a day in his life, Headquarters Pass isn’t exactly warm and welcoming.  You’re going straight up along rocky ravines.  It’s starting you off on level ten.  Instead of getting off the bus…

Montana Conservation Corp Internship

By Stratton Taylor Last Summer, stepping to the office of the Montana Conservation Corp with all the new crew members was a bit nerve wracking. Like a freshmen in high school I had to navigate through different people, personalities and share my desire for environmental stewardship. The season passed like wildfire and before I knew…