By Bryce Gray, CFC Intern
On July 16, over 50 kids from area shelters and youth homes took part in the annual Clark Fork Kids Float, spending the day taming the whitewater rapids of the Alberton Gorge and having an all-around fun time on the Clark Fork River.
With temperatures soaring into the 90s, it was an ideal day for the kids to hit the water to cool off while also learning a thing or two about conservation and — in many cases — gaining recreational exposure to the river for the first time in their lives.
The Coalition has organized the annual raft outing for more than a decade, with the intention of giving area youth a novel opportunity to forge a positive connection with the Clark Fork. In the short-term, the kids get the chance to enjoy a day of plain fun, and in the long run, the experience may help shape some of them into faithful future stewards of the watershed. Sounds like a win-win!
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