Learning & Resources

Learning Programs

To achieve clean and prevalent water for future generations, we believe it is vital to empower our youth to think critically. Our youth learning programs—including classroom visits, field trips, and community events—encourage a sense of wonder and a sense of place in our own backyard. Adult learning programs are designed to enhance professional understanding of water topics and conservation, and to develop skills like water-wise landscaping. 

ADULT PROGRAMS & MATERIALS

Irrigation in the Bitterroot Tour

Our newest education program, the Irrigation in the Bitterroot Tour, came about in response to the success of our Future Irrigators of the Bitterroot Program.  Real Estate Agents and members of the general public are invited to explore the details of water rights and irrigation infrastructure through an introductory classroom lesson and a field tour through the Valley. This tour began in 2015, and enlists the help of Montana DNRC, Bitter Root Irrigation District, the Bitterroot River Water Commissioner, Daly Ditches Irrigation Company, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, Bitterroot College, and the Bitterroot Valley Board of Realtors. 

Water Rights Training for Realtors

Our newest learning program, the Irrigation in the Bitterroot Tour, came about in response to the success of our Future Irrigators of the Bitterroot Program.  Real Estate Agents and members of the general public are invited to explore the details of water rights and irrigation infrastructure through an introductory classroom lesson and a field tour through the Valley. This tour began in 2015, and enlists the help of Montana DNRC, Bitter Root Irrigation District, the Bitterroot River Water Commissioner, Daly Ditches Irrigation Company, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, Bitterroot College, and the Bitterroot Valley Board of Realtors. 

YOUTH PROGRAMS

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Earth Stewardship Program

This series of lessons and field trips are the result of local organizations working together to share local knowledge with students. Over 300 Ravalli County 7th graders gain valuable science skills through hands-on lessons and experiential field trips annually.  Students learn about chemical, biological, and physical aspects of water quality and participate in hands-on activities hosted by experts from, for example, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Bitter Root Land Trust, Bitterroot Audubon Society, Bitterroot Ecological Awareness Resource and more. Email alex@brwaterforum.org with questions about the Earth Stewardship Program. 

Future Irrigators of the Bitterroot

Students enrolled in Future Farmers of America are known for their dedication to ranching and farming. During the “Future Irrigators of the Bitterroot” program, we skip the text books and head out on the field to engage in place-based education from community members and professionals. Students learn best management practices conservation techniques they can take home to their families while making connections that inspire future careers. Topics have included dam management, fisheries protection, soil type and water holding capacity, conservation easements, noxious weeds, and more!