Friend of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness host winter tracks for local students

Submitted by Annie Gassmann
Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness is hosting four Winter Tracks programs in Lincoln County this win-ter. Winter Tracks is a day-long field trip experience for students in the counties sur-rounding the Scotchman Peaks, Sanders and Lincoln in Montana and Bonner in Idaho. Some Washington schools participate as well
“The purpose of the Win-ter Tracks program,” said FSPW program coordinator Sandy Compton “is to engage students in an outdoor set-ting during the winter months to deepen their sense of place, build commu-nity, and connect to the out-door world through experi-ential education.” Winter Tracks students learn about a variety of topics through stations led by knowledgea-ble community volunteers as well as staff. Stations this year include Leave No Trace, Winter Mammals & Birds, Avalanche Awareness, and Animal Tracking.
The first of four Lincoln County Winter Tracks day will be held at Alvord Lake, near Troy, MT on January 25th. Following Winter Tracks days will be held at Timberlane Campground on Pipe Creek Road near Libby, MT. Libby 5th graders will be attending on Friday, January 26th and Friday, February 2nd. Kootenai Valley Chris-tian School and the Alterna-tive School students will attend on Thursday, Febru-ary 1st.
For more information, checkout our website at http://www.scotchman peaks.org.