The Perfect Week

  • June 09, 2015
  • Posted by Katherine Boyk

Baseball players strive for the perfect game. Meteorologists talk about the perfect storm. We at the Big Sky Watershed Corps dream about the perfect week: fulfilling our three main goals—stream restoration work, water quality monitoring, and community education— in five consecutive days. For me, it finally happened.

Monday: Field Trip to Headwaters State Park

I taught 80 second graders about how water shapes the landscape through erosion and stream formation. Mostly, we played with sand and water.

Tuesday: Planting in the Paradise Valley

We planted over 200 grasses and shrubs to improve wildlife habitat on a ranch along the Yellowstone River. Only got rained on once

Wednesday: Monitoring at Story Mill Park

Tromped through the wetlands on my weekly groundwater monitoring session. Said hi to my friends the deer fawns, snipe, and Sandhill cranes.

Thursday: Hike to Yoga

Courtesy: Flow Outside
I’ve been helping plan a new program called Discovery Walks and I tagged along on one of our first guided walks—a hike up Peet’s Hill to a yoga session

Friday: Service Project AND Conservation Easement Visit

Courtesy: Yellowstone Ranch Preserve
Traveled to Big Sky for a service project with the US Youth Fly Fishing Team, who pulled weeds at a fishing access on the Gallatin River. Then continued on to Hebgen Lake to visit the Yellowstone Ranch Preserve, a permanently conserved property where bison calve each spring.

Bonus Round Saturday: Watershed Festival

Watershed Corps Member Christina Herron-Sweet joined me to teach hundreds of families about macroinvertebrates (aquatic insects) at the Watershed Festival in Bozeman. Kids joked about eating the mayfly nymphs and parents joked about sticking a leech onto misbehaving children. “


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