The Beaverhead Watershed Committee is involved with numerous outreach activities throughout the watershed. These range from teaching 5th graders about the importance of soil health and water quality to teaching adults about stream restoration and how to plant willows. Outreach is an important aspect of the work the BWC does.
Rolling Rivers is an educational tool that BWC uses to teach Parkview Elemeantary Outdoor School for fifth-graders. In this forum, we reach approximately 80 fifth-graders to teach them about watersheds, water quatlity, and soil erosion through hands-on learning with DNRC’s Rolling Rivers Trailer.
Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network is a non-profit community based network of volunteers who take daily measurements of rain, hail, and snow in their backyards across the nation. There are over 300 installed rain gauges in Montana. BWC has 15 volunteers who installed rain gauges and record precipitation data in Beaverhead County. This was started in 2015 and continues to be a great way to access accuracy of weather forecasts and for monitoring local drought conditions. Learn more on the CoCoRaHS website here.
Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society and various environmental organizations host several educational events in southwest Montana to increase knowledge of common animals found in the region. In 2017, BWC hosted two events on porcupines and herons. We look forward to hosting future events in Dillon!