NorthWestern Energy Provides Support for Low Pass Trail Project

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NorthWestern Energy employees joined on Friday the 13th to perform trail work and install signposts on the new Low Pass interpretive nature trail linking the north and south sections of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness on the Jack Creek Preserve between Big Sky and Ennis.

The volunteer work came in addition to NorthWestern donating more than $14,000 to the project, through its Community Works program. Many thanks to NorthWestern Energy! (Photos by Susan Malee)

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National Trails Weekend

Over twenty volunteers attended our National Trails Weekend at the Preserve! We completed some major projects, including digging tread for our new Low Pass Trail and building bridges! Stay tuned to future volunteer events this summer and fall.


National Trails Day Weekend at the Jack Creek Preserve Foundation: June 7-8

Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8 from 9am-5pm will be Jack Creek Preserve Foundation’s National Trails Day Weekend at their preserve in Big Sky. Participants will help clean up trails, build raised bed gardens and assist with various projects around the new Education Center. The preserve features expansive views overlooking Fan and Lone Mountains and serves as a wildlife corridor between the northern and southern sections of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area. Lunch will be provided at the Education Center and will give participants an opportunity to explore what the Preserve has to offer. Please contact us to or call 995-7550.

Vika, Alde, and Jill work on a section of trail

Volunteering Needs

With the Outdoor Education building construction completed this past fall, we will be moving forward to some other exciting projects to expand upon our programming at Jack Creek Preserve Foundation. One of the major projects that we will be working on is installing interpretive signage on the ADA assessable trail that loops around the Ed. Center. We expect that there will be ten different stops on this trail; educating visitors about water quality monitoring, fauna and flora, etc.


We are also planning to restore a two mile section of a decommissioned US forest Service trail to connect to Jack Creek Trail south of Hammond’s knob. The trail will provide access from Spanish Peaks over to Fan Mountain. We will also be working on some landscaping around the Ed. Center and some other smaller projects, including a raised bed garden and creating a small swimming pool in the creek. We will be holding a volunteer work day on the first Saturday in June, and need your help to complete these projects.

If you or anyone you know that is interesting in volunteering or donating trail building equipment – please contact Matthew Piper.

Jack Creek Preserve Foundation Speaker Series

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March 6, 2014 6:30pm!
Lone Mountain Ranch !
$35 includes a 3 course dinner

Dr. Robert Inman!
Dr. Robert Inman captured and radio-tracked
wolverines for a decade in the Greater Yellowstone
Area. He will describe this unique field-study and its
conservation implications including rare footage of wild
wolverines in the Spanish Peaks near Big Sky

Reservations Required:



Archery Training for Volunteers: Saturday, May 11

Hello Volunteers!

We will be holding our Archery Instructor Training on Saturday, May
11, 2013. This training will be required for those interested in
teaching archery at any Jack Creek Preserve event this summer. The
training will be held at the Ennis School from 8:00am until 4:00pm
and will be taught by a representative of the National Archery in the
Schools Program through Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Space is
limited, so sign up early!

If you are interested in attending the training or if you have
questions, please contact Jackie at or
at (406) 995-7550.