Milltown Core Curriculum

Online lesson plans and activities from the Milltown Core Curriculum are listed below. Click on a lesson plan or activity below to view and download all files associated with that lesson, or use the Education Portal > Lessons & Activities > Milltown Curriculum menu above.

Please note that CFWEP Core Curriculum (Clark Fork and Milltown) materials require a username and password for access. These materials cover science and social studies topics and are targeted for grades 5-9. If you are interested in a restricted-access lesson, please send an email to cfweprequest@gmail.com. All other curriculum materials may be downloaded without a username and password free-of-charge.

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Lesson Description / Subjects Addressed
Milltown Education Program Lesson 1: History of the Clark Fork Watershed 6-9 Developed by CFWEP with support from the University of Montana and the Watershed Education Network, this lesson covers:

  • Clark Fork River watershed history from the American Indian period to 1908
  • Western Montana industrial development from the 1830s to 1908
  • Mining impacts (positive and negative) to the area’s social and ecological environments
  • The chemical process of acid rock drainage
  • Milltown Dam history
  • The 1908 Clark Fork River flood and its environmental effects
Milltown Education Program Lesson 2: The Superfund Story 6-9 Developed by CFWEP with support from the University of Montana and the Watershed Education Network, this lesson covers:

  • The 1908 Clark Fork River flood and its environmental effects
  • The Clean Water Act, Superfund Law and how these relate to the Clark Fork/Milltown
  • Milltown Dam Superfund history
  • Bull trout and the habitat
  • Remediation and restoration
  • Opportunity Ponds/British Petroleum-Atlantic Richfield Corporation (BP-ARCO) waste repository
Milltown Education Program Lesson 3: Field Trip and Follow-Up 6-9 Developed by CFWEP with support from the University of Montana and the Watershed Education Network, this lesson covers:

  • Vegetation population diversity and density
  • Macroinvertebrate population diversity and density
  • Chemical and physical water quality parameters
  • Site specific field parameters that may vary from season to season
Milltown Education Program Supporting Files 6-9 Supporting Milltown files include:

  • Listing on online resources related to the Milltown Dam
  • Milltown Timeline Activity materials and answer key
  • Chemical and physical water quality parameters
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