Rural Living Institute

The Blackfoot Challenge Education Program has been working on a brand new educational platform that will bring high-quality, hands-on and practical rural living skills to our Blackfoot Communities.  We are pleased to announce the launch of our Rural Living Institute and would like to cordially invite you to attend our first class;
Harvest to Table

Apple Tree Grafting, Pruning & Care Workshop

May 19th 6:30-8:30 pm – Helmville Community Center

Apple Tree Grafting, Pruning and Care Workshop
We welcome award-winning Tree Farmer and orchard keeper, Malcolm Olson of Olson’s Tree Farms.  Malcolm runs several research and development stations throughout New York and Pennsylvania.  Malcolm works with Rutgers, Notre Dame and Penn State Universities and has won several prestigious awards…

ADVANCED Square Foot Gardening

April 27th 6:00-8:00 Advanced Square Foot Gardening Course through MSU Extension in Deer Lodge
Everyone is invited and welcome to attend these programs.  Please RSVP for all programs to Nancy Schwalm at 362-3077 or
There is a suggested donation of $10 per family for each program and these funds help to support our Community Education…

BASIC Square Foot Gardening

April 12th 6:00-8:00 pm – Basic Square Foot Gardening Course in Ovando
Maintaining a large vegetable garden can be an arduous task, but this alternative method of gardening provides an effective way to garden minimizing weeding, watering and waste by using intensive garden planting in this above-ground method.  I will walk you through the basics of…


March 15th 6:00-8:00 pm – MT FWP TIP MONT Program Presentation in Lincoln
We welcome Brian Shinn, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks TIP MONT (Turn in Poachers Montana) Coordinator to share video, power point, photos and displays of some of the largest poaching cases in Montana.  The TIP-MONT program was…

Great Backyard Bird Count Bird Walk in Ovando/Helmville

February 20th 2:00-4:00 pm -In celebration of the 14th Great Backyard Bird Count, local bird expert, Elaine Caton, will lead a bird walk on the Aunt Molly Wildlife Management Area near Helmville.  We will meet at the North Fork Crossing Lodge and carpool to the site.  All are welcome, please dress appropriately for the weather…


School Swan Release will be held on Wednesday, May 11th from 9:00-12:00 with activities taking place from 9:30-11:30.  We are still working on the location of the release details…please read  School Swan Release

Tours & Field Days

One of the best ways to learn about the work of the Blackfoot Challenge is to see projects first-hand in the field. For that reason, the Challenge is committed to hosting tours for landowners, agenci

Resource Links for Educators

The following are links to resources you may be interested in.

Outdoor Learning Sites

The Blackfoot Challenge and its partners have developed a series of outdoor learning sites that are suitable for self-guided tours and open to the public any season of the year.