Free Lone Pine State Park Workshop for Early Childhood Educators

from NPS Glacier National Park:

WEST GLACIER, MONT. -Glacier National Park, in partnership with the Flathead Community of Resource Educators (CORE), and Project Learning Tree, is sponsoring a free one-day workshop for early childhood teachers and youth group leaders on Thursday, October 20, 2011.

The free workshop will be held at Lone Pine State Park Visitor Center, 300 Lone Pine Road, Kalispell, from 9am to 3:30pm. Teachers can receive six Office of Public Instruction renewal units for attending.

The training offers pre-school and elementary school teachers, daycare providers, home-school parents, 4-H leaders, Girl and Boy Scout leaders and others an opportunity to explore many of the educational trunks available for use in classrooms, at troop or group gatherings or outdoor education programs.

Educational trunks about forests and timber, wetlands, wolves, birds, bears, fire in the ecosystem and more will be featured at the workshop. In addition, Project Learning Tree (PLT) facilitators will be presenting activities from the new PLT Early Childhood Guidebook. All participants will receive a copy of the guidebook. There is no cost for the workshop due to sponsorship from Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and Plum Creek Timber Company.

Participants must register in advance as there are only 20 slots available. Teachers can register for the workshop through PIRnet at Other youth group leaders may register by calling Patti Mason at 406-752-4220. For more information about the Flathead Community of Resource Educators (CORE) visit

The USDA offices (NRCS & FSA) and the Flathead Conservation District are located behind Jo Ann Fabrics and the Sweetheart Bakery store in Evergreen off of LaSalle. The address is:  133 Interstate Lane, Kalispell, MT  59901. Click on Office Location to see where the new office is located, or call us for directions, 752-4220.

Conservation Districs (CDs) focus on Water Quality, Coordinated Resource Management and Planning/Watershed Planning, Education, Riparian Management and Urban/Suburban Activities.


contemporary fantasy set in Glacier Park

Crown of the Continent Resources

The ‘Crown of the Continent’ ecosystem is one of North America’s most ecologically diverse and jurisdictionally fragmented ecosystems. Encompassing the shared Rocky Mountain region of Montana, British Columbia and Alberta, this 28,000 square mile / 72,000 square kilometre ecological complex spreads across two nations; across one state and two provinces; and across numerous aboriginal lands, municipal authorities, public land blocks, private properties, working and protected landscapes. — Crown Managers Partnership

As national headlines focus on whether a potential lack of funding at the federal level will jeopardize national parks and water quality standards, I thought I would focus on the positive work being one throughout the Alberta/Montana/British Columbia Crown of the Continent Ecosystem by listing a few of the organizations you can turn to for information, programs and advocacy.

Alberta Wilderness AssociationAlberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is the oldest wilderness conservation group in Alberta dedicated to the completion of a protected areas network and the conservation of wilderness throughout the province.

Bob Marshall Wilderness ComplexTogether, the Great Bear Wilderness, the Bob Marshall Wilderness and the Scapegoat Wilderness form the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, an area of more than 1.5 million acres.

Crown of the Continent EcosystemEncourage and support coordination and cooperation among individuals, organizations, and agencies whose purpose is to educate and inform people of all ages and backgrounds about the human and natural resources of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem.

Citizens for a Better FlatheadTo inform and empower citizens in cooperative community development that respects and encourages stewardship of the Flathead Valley’s natural beauty and resources.

Flathead National ForestStretching along the west side of the continental divide from the US Canadian border south approximately 120 miles lies the 2.3 million acre Flathead National Forest. The landscape is built from block fault mountain ranges sculpted by glaciers, and covered with a rich thick forest.

Headwaters MontanaWe are working to secure the highest level of protection possible for pristine public lands, such as watersheds in the Swan, Mission, Whitefish and Yaak ranges and untouched Crown lands across our border with Canada.

National Park Service, Glacier National ParkCome and experience Glacier’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker’s paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude.

Nature Conservancy – MontanaOur mountains, rivers, grasslands and forests make Montana a natural paradise.

Waterton Lakes National ParkRugged, windswept mountains rise abruptly out of gentle prairie grassland in spectacular Waterton Lakes National Park.

While there’s much to be done on behalf of our environment, we can, I think, make better progress by making commitments to positive change as individuals and groups rather than standing on the sidelines and preaching to the choir about what we don’t like. We know what we need to do–or, we can learn.


Malcolm R. Campbell is the author of two novels set partially within the Crown of the Continent ecosystem, “The Sun Singer” and “Garden of Heaven.” The e-book edition of his comedy/satire, “Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire,” is currently on sale for only 99 cents at Smashwords and on Kindle.