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Outdoor education for an outdoor world

In typical Montana May fashion, this year’s Bear Creek Days got a little wet.
The event, which takes place at the Bear Creek Trailhead south of Ennis, saw two full days before Mother Nature called it a day. Similar to last year, one day of the three-day event was cancelled and the seventh and eighth grade students had to miss out on the fun due to wet and muddy conditions.

Bear Creek area closure lifted

On Oct. 20, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest lifted the closure of the Bear Creek area of the Madison Mountain Range southeast of Ennis.
The area was closed following the Oct. 1 human-grizzly bear encounter 3 miles up North Fork Bear Creek on a recommendation from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Trails, area surrounding Bear Creek closed pending human-grizzly investigation

Following the human-grizzly bear encounter 3 miles up North Fork Bear Creek on Oct. 1, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest temporarily closed trails and the area surrounding Bear Creek leading into the Lee Metcalf Wilderness.


Over the course of two days, 332 fifth through eighth-graders gathered at the foot of Sphinx Mountain in the Madison Mountain Range to participate in the camp, hosted by the Forest Service. Students from Alder, Cardwell, Harrison, Ennis, Sheridan, Twin Bridges and West Yellowstone participated.

Sheridan ag classes partner with local Forest Service to create feed bunk at Bear Creek trailhead

Students in Sheridan High School’s agricultural classes are nearly done with a class project in which they constructed a stock feed bunk to be placed at the Bear Creek trailhead.
The Bear Creek trailhead, 20 miles south of Ennis, is a popular area throughout the year and is one of very few trailheads in the Madison Valley that provides camping that supports stock access into the wilderness.

All septic waste has to go somewhere, but Madison Valley residents oppose sites in Jeffers, Bear Creek

Humans create waste. That waste must be disposed of somewhere – in Montana, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) currently has 121 land application sites for septage. A land application site is an area where domestic septage is sprayed much like fertilizer and incorporated into the ground within six hours, which is a state-mandated requirement.