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  • Ravalli County Resource Advisory Committee

  • USFS More Kids in the Woods

  • Bitterroot National Forest

  • Forest Service National Centennial of Service

  • Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Education Program

  • National Association of RC&D Councils

  • Montana Watercourse

  • Annie Maclay Leffingwell Foundation

The mission of Healthy Kids ~ Healthy Forests is to empower youth and adults to become better stewards of public lands and waters and give them a sense of ownership and pride in their public lands in the Bitterroot Valley.

Our Goals

  • To connect youth and adults with their natural environment through educational programs and stewardship projects.

  • To provide opportunities for youth and adults to get outdoors and be active on public lands as a means for them to develop a healthy and active lifestyle.

  • To improve the health of our public lands through stewardship projects.

  • To engage a wide variety of partners from schools, community organizations, agencies, and the general public.


Program Information

We offer two main categories of programs— natural science education and land stewardship projects. Some examples of our programs are youth stewardship projects on public lands, natural science education at schools and public lands sites, snowshoeing field trips, GPS lessons, and teacher workshops.

Our Partners

We work with a wide variety of partners to bring land stewardship and natural science educational programs to our community.   Our recent partners include:



  • Schools in Darby, Hamilton, Pinesdale, Corvallis, Victor, Stevensville, Lone Rock, Florence and Lolo

  • Ravalli Headstart Preschool, Evergreen Kids Corner Preschool

  • Bitterroot Homeschool Co-op

  • After school programs in Corvallis, Hamilton and Lone Rock

  • Youth Enhancement Program

  • Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts

  • South Valley Child and Family Center Summer Camps

  • Travelers Rest State Park

  • The People’s Center

  • Salish - Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee

  • Darby Community Public Library and North Valley Public Library

  • Ravalli County Extension/4-H

  • Bitterroot Youth Home

  • Bitterroot Ecological Awareness Resources (BEAR)

  • Ravalli County Off-Road Users Association

  • Teller Wildlife Refuge

  • Bitterroot Backcountry Horsemen

  • Bitter Root Water Forum

  • Bitterroot Cross Country Ski Club

  • Montana Project Learning Tree

  • Montana Natural History Center

  • Watershed Education Network




  • Bitterroot National Forest

  • Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC)

  • Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

  • Ravalli County Weed District

  • Ravalli County Environmental Health

  • Bitterroot Conservation District

  • USDA Forest Service

  • Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

  • Trapper Creek Job Corps


For additional information or to request a program contact: 

Pam Gouse 
(406) 363-5450

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