First Lady to Unveil Geo-Sign, Visit Campus Community Garden in Dillon

Thursday, October 13, 2011
CONTACT: Sarah Elliott 406-444-9725
Jayson O’Neill 406-444-9844


First Lady to Unveil Geo-Sign, Visit Campus Community Garden in Dillon TOMORROW

(HELENA) - First Lady Nancy Schweitzer will unveil the “Beaverhead Rock” geologic interpretive sign near Dillon tomorrow. The First Lady will be joined by 3rd grade students from Parkview School in Dillon and featured speaker Sheila Roberts, a Professor of Geology at the University of Montana Western. This is one of 49 geo-signs installed along Montana’s highways since 2006.

The First Lady will also visit the Campus Community Garden at UM Western as part of the university’s Rural Friday’s program. The program brings elementary students from surrounding rural schools to the UM Western campus where education students design curriculum and practice student teaching. This fall, the university’s FoodCorps VISTA coordinated an agriculture theme and classes will take place at the campus garden.

Who: First Lady Nancy Schweitzer

When/Where: Tomorrow - Friday, October 14, 2011

9:30AM – Visit Campus Community Garden, North edge of UM Western campus at the end of Cornell Street

10:45AM – Beaverhead Rock roadside geology marker, Milepost 13 on Montana Highway 41, northeast of Dillon

Why: The Governor and First Lady’s Math and Science Initiative ( invites Montana’s youth to discover the many opportunities to learn about science and math in K-12 schools and higher education, find out about career opportunities and explore Montana’s splendid surroundings.

About Geo-Signs

Montana’s colorful history includes the stories told through geology. Each interpretive sign describes geologic wonders of the Treasure State to help share Montana’s story. The program also serves to spark an interest in geology, supporting the Governor and First Lady’s Math and Science Initiative, which encourages students in Montana to discover the wonders of the state.

The markers are a collaboration between MDT, Dr. Donald Hyndman, co-author of the popular book Roadside Geology of Montana, nationally renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, the Montana State University Geology Department and MDT Historian Jon Axline.

About Nancy’s Garden

Nancy's Garden is the newest feature of the Governor and First Lady's Math & Science Initiative. Nancy's Garden provides a gardening experience for every 4th grade student by supplying grow boxes, seeds, lesson plans and instructions for each classroom. This hands-on opportunity was designed to nurture young gardeners, promote healthy eating, and explore math and science.


Sarah J. Elliott
Communications Director
Governor Brian Schweitzer
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