During the Montana Folk Festival, special attention is given to providing engaging and educational performances and hands-on activities for children and youth.
In 2016, the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program (CFWEP.org) coordinated the Family Life Area at the Montana Folk Festival. The organization’s scientists shifted gears slightly to accommodate and introduce booths related to the theme of this year’s festival, Native Voices.
Visitors spent time participating in quiet games and active games such as a Ring and Pin toss, a game of chance known as Stick Dice, or a Water Carry designed to show how tough you had to be to transport water. Stay dry!
Booths had supplies to accommodate “make and take” items such as chil;dren could construct their own tipi, design creative and colorful rain sticks, string beads with different colors to tell a story about themselves, display fish hats on their head, brainstorm and produce their own native flag and more! Many were able to grab a keepsake tote bag to keep all of their goodies in.
Professionals came in the Family Life Area to share expertise and engaged the public along with many great volunteers that provided careful instruction and education. For example vistiors were able to visit an interactive display by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and their Fur Trunk. Thanks to our partnership with the Imagine Butte Resource Center ( www.ibrc.me) there was an art piece displaying alongside the Family Life area and visitors had the opportunity to contribute to this painting with their own designs.
Not familiar with CFWEP.org? Come by and check out our information booth and see what we do for students and the community throughout the Clark Fork Watershed and Montana.
CFWEP presented a full schedule of performances and activities that families could choose to participate in throughout the festival weekend so kids of all ages were able to explore native traditions and bring home their own handmade souvenirs.
The 2016 Family Area was made possible in part by a generous grant from the Gallagher Western Montana Charitable Foundation.