On Thursday, January 24 over forty 7th graders joined FSPW at the Northshore Campground in Trout Creek, Montana for Winter Tracks. With blue skies and a fresh blanket of snow the site could not have been more perfect. Students were separated into 4 groups and rotated between stations that included orienteering, mammals, tracking, and birding. Students could not stop laughing during their birding activity which challenged students to pair up, agree on a bird, and then blindly locate one another using only their call. Orienteering proved to be especially challenging as the students were tasked with locating pins placed along a 200′ wide circle using only a compass. Winter Tracks concluded with the group cheering on their peers during 3 heats of snow shoe races. Students were laughing, hugging, and taking plenty of selfies as they left the campground. That’s a good sign.
A huge thank you to Sanders County Road Department, Green Mountain, and Avista for helping make the site accessible and safe. Thank you to the Wild Coyote Saloon for providing the burn barrels. The students REALLY appreciated it.