|August 15, 2013
Teens explore natural resource opportunities
Teens from different states experienced the outdoors in ways that might lead to careers in natural resources. (courtesy photo)
BLUE BAY — 2013 NAFWS Pacific Region Summer Youth Practicum was held on the Flathead Indian Reservation at the Blue Bay campground on Flathead Lake, July 28-August 1. Nine teenage students participated in the Natural Resource camp. Students traveled from Yakima, Wisconsin, Wind River, Lapwai, and three from CSKT.
Chauncey Means, Non-Point Source Coordinator demonstrates the use of water quality sampling equipment to students. (courtesy photo)
Students learned about Fisheries and management of non-native species on Flathead Lake. Evan Smith, Joe Santos, Mountain Wahl, and Aaron Santos showed the students what species were in Flathead Lake, and let them fillet some for dinner that evening. Tim Ryan hosted a trip to Glacier National Park to discuss how the Kootenai People lived in and historically used the area. Tim also shared native tool making with the students in the evening.
Chief Pablo "Chib" Espinoza gives a presentation to the summer students. (courtesy photo)
On the final day, CSKT Natural Resource staff hosted learning stations at McDonald Lake. Chauncey Means, Non-point Source Coordinator spoke with students about water sampling techniques and how to sample and identify macro invertebrates. Janene Lichtenberg spoke about Flathead Reservation Wildlife species, life strategies’ and climate change. Chief Pablo Espinoza discussed what Game wardens do here on the Reservation and the differences between general law enforcement and game warden enforcement duties. George McCloud and Seth Make Peace demonstrated their water flow monitoring equipment in the canal. Students were instructed to take notes and journal about all their learning experiences. The goal was for ACTIVE learning, and have professional people teach them in a hands on learning format.
Tim Ryan leads a group of students through Glacier National Park. His presentation included history of the Kootenai tribes historical presence and use of the park, and the creation and use of traditional tools (courtesy photo)
According to Whisper Camel-Means “All the participating students did very well and wanted to be at the camp and participate fully. Some indicated that this camp solidified their career goals, while others indicated that they may actually be swayed toward natural resources as a career goal. All said their time here was enjoyable and they would attend again or recommend others to join.”