Preservative Preservation

During this internship, I have learned the stench of ethanol, the value of ethanol, and the importance of preservation. Ethanol is important in this case because it allows us to preserve things like cool and awesome-looking dead things. In the case of my internship with Missoula’s Watershed Education Network (WEN), we are interested in using…

Copy Editing for Carhart

I remember being very unsure about what I wanted to do for my internship when Joanna sent out the packet for us to read. There were a few that I had picked out, but I wanted to talk to each representative in person before I made my decision. When I got to the internship fair, there…

Nature’s Lil Learners

Throughout Wilderness and Civilization, I carried my green field journal with me everywhere I went. That little notebook was with me more than my own wallet. During the semester, the field journal expanded as I added watercolor paintings, animal sightings, short poems, and mindless doodles – it became my gateway to process information and reflect…

The Art of Learning Bicycle Maintenance

Located at the corner of 1st and Hickory, Free Cycles is inconspicuously tucked into the neighborhood. With some spunky and colorful bike art out front, open the door and enter the welcoming well-loved workshop space filled with fun people and bicycles galore. I have met few who have yet to stumble into the community bike…

Fall Trek 2018!

  Thanks, Bob. by Josephine Lang On Monday, September 24th, my class was asked to define “what is wilderness” in a writing prompt. September 24th is two days after my return from a ten-day backpacking trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness and the Lewis and Clark National Forest. The idea behind the prompt is to…

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…