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Clark Fork Watershed Education Program
Educating Tomorrow's Scientists and Change-Makers Today

After billion-dollar restoration and remediation efforts in the Clark Fork Watershed, how do we make sure the legacy is not forgotten? What can we do to create tomorrow’s problem solvers and change-makers?

CFWEP aims to answer these questions, and we need your help.

Embedded on the campus of Montana Technological University, the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program (CFWEP) is celebrating its 17th school year with the mission of fostering environmental stewardship and scientific decision-making through place-based learning and direct experiences. The scientists of CFWEP bring science (and thousands of students every year) out of the textbook and into the field in their own backyards, a landscape with a legacy of mining followed by groundbreaking restoration and remediation efforts.

 In addition, through a partnership with Montana Tech’s biology department, CFWEP is introducing microbiology to students across the state through an innovative phage discovery program. These projects are being made scale-able to a larger audience through teacher training and supporting teacher research and outreach. Other CFWEP programs like Montana Fly Fishing and Conservation Camp, Stormwater Art and Education, Trout Dissection, high school and undergraduate research mentorship, teacher mentoring, songbird banding, osprey monitoring, and community clean-up days round out their offerings to students, teachers, and the community.

Since 2005, CFWEP has served 64,311 students with over 219,000 student contact hours. CFWEP scientists have trained more than 800 teachers and driven over 112,439 miles to touch 35 urban, rural and extreme rural Montana communities. Staff, leadership volunteers, and programs have been recognized with 12 national and regional awards. The CFWEP program evaluation and efficacy system have been distinguished, published and shared as a best practice at national environmental education conferences.

Recognizing the importance of creating a scientifically literate citizenry, Montana Tech is bringing CFWEP out of the shadows and into the light as a Program of Distinction. CFWEP helps hold a lantern against dark climate headlines with the message that the scientists of tomorrow can, and will, solve the world’s most pressing issues. CFWEP is a pipeline for young people into science, a pipeline into STEM, a pipeline into post-secondary education, and a pipeline into Montana Technological University.

We are asking for your investment during DayOne to ensure that we can offer diverse, enriching experiences for students in Montana. An added bonus is that each interaction with a student provides them exposure to the positive impact of Montana Technological University. 

Impact. Evaluation. Excellence. Sustainability. Every contribution counts. Your gift will help us continue our mission in seeding STEM and inspiring tomorrow’s problem-solvers and change-makers.

You can learn more at  To learn more about CFWEP.org

Thank you for your support and please help us spread the word! Share this project on social media, by email and tell your friends!

 

 


CFWEP Donor Map
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1 MT 29
2 GA 1
2 AK 1
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Student Donor Match
During DayOne 2021 Montana Tech student donors had their gift matched 1:1 from a match pool of $5,000. This matching opportunity has been met and awarded all available funds. Thank you for supporting your passion through DayOne 2020, Montana Tech's giving event!
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Thank you to Bob '82 and Liz Shepherd who matched $5,000 in gifts made by current Canadian residents during DayOne 2021! This matching opportunity has been met and awarded all available funds.
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This match has been met and all available funds have been awarded. During DayOne 2021 first time donors had their gifts matched 1:1 from a match pool of $5,000. This matching opportunity has been met and awarded all available funds. Thank you for supporting your passion through DayOne 2021, Montana Tech's Giving Event!
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Faculty Staff Participation Match Challenge
$5,000 was unlocked with the participation of 50 Montana Tech faculty staff members. $100 will be applied to the project to which the original gift was made by the donor. This match opportunity has been met. Thank you to all of our Montana Tech faculty and staff for participating in DayOne 2021 and supporting the students and programs of Montana Tech!
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Departmental Challenge Leaderboard
During DayOne Departments competed head-to-head for a chance to earn extra money towards their department project by bringing in the most donors to their project. The top ten finishers split the pot valued at up to $20,000.Congratulations to all of our departments that competed and thank you to all of our donors supporting your passion through Montana Tech's DayOne 2021Giving Event.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $5,000 Digger Athletics 144
2 $3,750 Mining Engineering 61
3 $2,500 Environmental Engineering 33
4 $2,000 Business 30
5 $1,750 Clark Fork Watershed Education Program 29
6 $1,500 Petroleum Engineering 28
7 $1,250 Geological Engineering 25
8 $1,000 Safety, Health & Industrial Hygiene 23
9 $750 Metallurgical & Materials Engineering 16
10 $500 Institute for Educational Opportunities 15
11 Mathematical Sciences 13
12 Nursing 13
13 Mechanical Engineering 11
14 Biological Sciences 10
15 Civil Engineering 10
16 Highlands College 9
17 Computer Science 8
18 Chemistry & Geochemistry 6
19 Electrical Engineering 3
20 Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences 2
21 Student Affairs 2
22 Opportunity and Innovation 0
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