DETAILS

  • Dates: Monday through Friday July 15-19, 2019

  • Arrive on Sunday, July 14 by 8 pm (if possible), and stay until Friday 3 pm

  • 20 spots available

  • Earn up to 35 OPI Renewal Units

  • Cost: $700 for Program, Lodging, & Meals, but every educator can qualify for a $600 scholarship - the cost to you is $100  

  • Rustic lodging and meals provided

  • Other activities include whitewater rafting, hiking, and basic archery instruction and certification in Scholastic 3D Archery (S3DA)

  • Topics of Study:

    • The efforts by wildlife biologists, hunters, and wild sheep enthusiasts to rebuild bighorn sheep populations during the past 100 years, and how these efforts illustrate the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.

    • The results of these efforts as shown by the current distribution and population dynamics of bighorn sheep in Montana.

    • The reintroduction of bighorns and efforts to develop a metapopulation in the Madison Range.

    • The die-off of a bighorn sheep herd – the epidemiology of diseases impacting wild sheep in Montana and resulting management strategies.

    • Bighorn sheep as a model for problem-solving and critical thinking, as we struggle to provide Montana’s wild sheep herds with adequate habitat, migration routes, and isolation from domestic sheep herds while respecting private property rights of landowners.

    • Classroom and field activities related to Montana’s incredible biodiversity of wildlife – examples of how middle and high school students can design sampling strategies, collect, and analyze data, and communicate their findings.

    • To meet the new Montana Science Standards, we will work together with local biologists to create classroom activities that incorporate current data and management strategies for bighorn sheep in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. 


Registration will be open until May 31. Please click on the button below to register. 

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.