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Sinks Canyon, Wyoming

I wouldn’t call myself an outdoors person. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love hiking and climbing mountains but I won’t lie – I love the comforts of society. I love my little bed, my little tv and my not so little collection of movies. But now and again I get the urge to strap my boots on and get outside.

MWA Intern, Garrett Koepke (red jacket) leads a winter adventure as part of MWA’s Outdoor Explorers Mentoring program on Kelly Island near the Clark Fork River. During the wildlife tracking class, participants used animal pelts provided by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks to learn more about area species and their environments.

If there was one word I would use to describe winter, it would be LONG. The first snows usually come early November in the mountains, and the white stuff clings to the mountainsides and high valleys till mid to late June. For some, such a long winter season is nothing but glorious. For others, it’s annoying.