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We invite you to join us in celebrating 20 years of conservation, education, and collaboration in the Swan Valley.

Twenty years ago, a Swan Valley couple and a few friends came together with a shared vision to provide college students with a meaningful education experience by getting them out of the classroom and into the field. Around the same time, another group of local conservationists were also working to provide resources to local residents that connected them to the landscape and to each other. In 2016 those organizations, Northwest Connections and Swan Ecosystem Center, joined together to form Swan Valley Connections, believing they would be even more effective if they moved forward together. And, they were correct! Since the merger in January 2016, SVC has become the best of both by providing world-class experiential education to college students, assisting with wildlife conflict prevention, restoring wildlife and native fish habitat and wetlands, and serving as a model for both conservation education and work on the ground in areas far beyond the Swan.

As we celebrate the past and honor the founders of our parent organizations, we also look toward the future, and building on the foundation provided for another 20 years of conservation leadership.

To mark this significant milestone, a longtime donor has made us a generous offer: a gift of $20,000 if we can raise an equal amount from supporters like you. Please join us in rising up to the challenge together!

 
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To send Swan Valley Connections a check, download our donation form (PDF) →

Swan Valley Connections is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

 
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Wed., Dec. 6th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
At Swan Valley Community Hall
Hwy 83, MM 42.5, Condon

 

Be sure to stop by the Swan Valley Community Hall for appetizers, hot cider, adult beverages, and holiday cheer as we honor the founders of our parent organizations and 20 years of collaborative conservation and experiential education! Free. Everyone is welcome.

For more information contact info@svconnections.org or 406.754.3137.

 
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Neil Meyer

Neil Meyer

Bud Moore

Bud Moore

 
Art Ortenberg

Art Ortenberg

Melanie Judge Parker

Melanie Judge Parker

Tom Parker

Tom Parker

 
 

As we acknowledge the founding members of Northwest Connections and Swan Ecosystem Center, we would also like to thank the Ad Hoc Committee who pioneered the collaborative conservation effort in the Swan Valley as well as the numerous people, organizations, and agencies that have helped foster and support our work. Thank you for 20 years! Here's to 20 more.


IMAGE: Top - Jonathan Bowler; Art Ortenberg and Liz Clairborne - Helena Independent Record