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The Big Sky Watershed Corps Service Project is an annual volunteer event in partnership with local nonprofit organizations on the last day of Montana Conservation Corps’ Technical Skills training. Heather reflects on the event and the importance of community service.

Read Ally's article for Explore Big Sky about the power of community collaboration

Katie recounts all that she learned this season serving as a BSWC member with Western Montana Conservation Commission and the City of Kalispell.

While working in a pharmaceutical laboratory, Sean Simpson found herself longing for a more fulfilling and hands-on experience related to environmental stewardship. Fast forward a few months and Sean is now an AmeriCorps member serving through MCC’s Big Sky Watershed Corps program - a program that places members with a host site for 11 months.

The Gallatin River Clean-up is an annual event in partnership between the Gallatin River Task Force and the Gallatin Watershed Council to remove trash from the entire Gallatin Watershed, from Yellowstone National Park all the way to the Missouri Headwaters. Learn more about this impactful event.

MCC Fellow launches into water restoration project

Conservation Intern Annie shares what it's like to analyze soil, and what she's learned so far during her term.

Bea's work so far on her Bear Creek Riparian Restoration grant-funded project through MWCC.

Bea's experience electrofishing and fish surveying for whirling disease.

Recapping the Gallatin River Task Force's first water quality sampling date in an effort to better understand some of the challenges facing our rivers and streams.

Read another story from Lily, who served as a Conservation Intern with MCC, about her explorations in Yellowstone National Park.

Read Lily's account of serving at Lewis and Clark Caverns as a Conservation Intern, and all that she learned during her summer in Montana.

Conservation Fellow Kat tells us about a recent trip with the Great Burn Conservation Alliance and kids!

Conservation Intern Maria writes muses about recent changes and hopes for her upcoming term in this blog that she wrote back in June.

My first term as a Big Sky Watershed Corps Member was surprising, to say the least... I was expecting to do some research, play in some creeks, and learn a bit more about what a career in conservation could look like. Instead, I spent my year immersed in the complex world of western water law while learning my way around a new community... It was not an easy year.

2021 BSWC member Jillian Henrichon reflects on her BSWC experience with Lake County Conservation District and the Montana Association of Conservation Districts. This article was adapted from the January 2022 issue of The Montana Conservationist.

“We got into the program, and it changed everything for us.”

Sitting on the banks of North Burnt Fork Creek in the Bitterroot Valley, this is how Heather Barber describes the Bitter Root Water Forum’s experience with the Big Sky Watershed Corps: a game-changer.

In this blog MCC Conservation Intern Ash, serving with the BLM and USFS out of the Beartooth Ranger District, recounts her vertical cave training. Ash will focus on surveying karst and cave features within the Pryor Mountains looking for cultural, mineral, archaeological, hydrologic, recreational, and biologically valuable features that could merit protection.

Emma Kelsick writes about building rain barrels with the Sun River Watershed Group.

Grace Pierstorff of the Bitter Root Water Forum shares her experience teaching seventh-graders what a watershed

Reyna Abreu-Vigil takes us wading through streams to protect native fish habitat with Montana Trout Unlimited and the Lolo National Forest.

BSWC 2016 alum Alyson Morris is now working as an environmental communications specialist for Full Science Media. Her organization manages the Conservation Job Board and they recently highlighted another BSWC alum.