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Annual Watershed Festival Connects Montana Families with Nature

June 12, 2014

Boy holding rainbow trout near pond. Credit:  USFWS
Happy young angler at the Annual Watershed Festival. Credit: USFWS.

It was a beautiful spring day in Bozeman, Montana last Saturday, June 7 – the perfect day for the Bozeman Fish Technology Center’s 16th Annual Watershed Festival.

Hosted by the Montana Outdoor Science School, Bozeman Fish Technology Center, and Imerys Talc, the event was an opportunity for the public to learn about local waterways, dive into aquatic life, and engage in fish dissection. The Kids Fishing Derby kicked off the event, allowing youth participants to catch and keep two rainbow trout! USFWS staff estimates that 2,000 people attended the event and, based on the number of rainbow trout that caught; cleaned; and bagged, about 600 kids took part in the fishing derby.  Technology Center biologists staffed the fish cleaning stations, and kids learned about fish internal anatomy through that process.

Activities included:

  • Kids fishing derby
  • Duck races
  • Fish dissection and chances to explore aquatic organisms
  • Fly rod casting lessons
  • Aerial raptor display
  • Face painting

The Watershed Festival is a celebration of the fantastic watershed that folks in the Bozeman area enjoy, and is intended to show kids the many ways to get interested and involved in the outdoors. There were educational presentations, exhibits, and other activities throughout the day to illustrate the ecology and importance of local streams and ecosystems. One exuberant mother of two boys exclaimed, "this event is a great example of what Bozeman is all about!"

– FWS –

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Office of External Affairs

Mountain-Prairie Region

134 Union Blvd

Lakewood, CO 80228


303-236-3815 FAX



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(303) 236-0345

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Last modified: June 12, 2014
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