History of wildlife Conservation in Montana

  • Dates: Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20, 2019

  • Arrive at Jack Creek Preserve on Friday, October 18 by 8 pm (if possible), and stay until Sunday 3 pm

  • Earn 15 OPI Renewal Units

  • Cost: $30 (the cost is $280 for the program, lodging, & meals, but every educator can qualify for a $250 scholarship)

  • Rustic lodging and meals provided


Through guest speakers and activities specializing in the history of wildlife conservation, we will highlight the following:

  • abundant wildlife populations in Montana prior to 1850s;

  • the Supreme Court ruling in 1842 that wildlife belongs to the people of the state – public trust of wildlife, fish, air, and water;

  • the “tragedy of the commons” in Montana during the late 1800s as wildlife populations dwindled;  

  • President T. Roosevelt and his efforts to conserve the few remaining wildlife populations and their habitats;

  • the restoration efforts and political strength of local hunting/fishing groups to transplant wildlife to many areas in Montana;

  • the passage of the Pittman-Robertson Act in 1937 and the Dingell-Johnson in 1950 to fund wildlife/fisheries restoration and conservation efforts;

  • the significant legislation, such as the National Environmental Policy Act, the Montana Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and Montana Stream Access Law;

  • today’s abundant wildlife populations in Montana; and

  • our efforts to coexist with large predator and prey populations in our multi-ownership landscape as the human population and land fragmentation increase rapidly.

We hope that you will join us. Please contact Jack Creek Preserve's Conservation Field School Program Instructor, Robin Hompesch (robin@jackcreekpreserve.org), for details on the curriculum and contact the Preserve's Director, Abi King (aking@jackcreekpreser.org), for any questions about registration, the venue, meals, etc.