Conservation Educator’s Niche – January 2023

by Denny Olson Studies about nature’s effects on stress and health are a growth industry worldwide. In England, an 18-year study showed that those who lived closest to green space reported less mental distress (after adjusting for variables, like income, education and employment). In the Netherlands, scientists found lower incidence of 15 diseases – including…

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Conservation Educator’s Niche – November 2022

by Denny Olson Owen Sowerwine Our Local Outdoor Classroom  A couple of days ago, I led a small group of three on a field trip to Owen Sowerwine, that roughly 442-acre parcel of State School Trust land located along the Stillwater and Flathead Rivers just east of Willow Glen near Kalispell. The trip emphasized the…

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Conservation Educator’s Niche – April 2022

by Denny Olson Flathead Audubon and its Education Committee, partner Flathead Land Trust and consultant Region One Fish, Wildlife and Parks, are embarking on a plan to use 7th and 8th-grade education about birds as a portal to a broader concept of “place-based” education. Montana School Standards, are by definition, generic. They have application across…

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Birds and Native Plants of Flathead Lake State Park, Wayfarers Unit May 5th, May 26th, and June 2nd, 2022

Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced that they will be partnering with the Montana Native Plant Society-Flathead Chapter and Flathead Audubon Society to bring you several programs about the native plants and birds that thrive on the lovely east shore landscape. Thursday, May 5th, 6-7 PM Creating Birdsong in Our World, One Garden at A Time…

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