Mining is both the town's foundation and a way of life in Butte.
It's a part of the town's rich history, and will be a part of the city in the future.
Students from Butte High School had the opportunity today to learn more about the long history of mining in the town they are growing up in.
The students went around the Mining City to learn about mineral extraction and how the past is affecting the present.
"It's very important that we do these field trips," said Sara Sparks from the Environmental Protection Agency. "The beginning of protecting human health and the environment starts with education. What causes problems? How do we deal with those problems? If we start with our children and educate them, then we might now have those problems in the future."
Students say they know the past is something they need to know about for their future.
"We live here, and this is going to be our problem in a couple years," said freshman, Maggie Gammons. "We need to be able to handle it once we grow up and it's all on us."
Representatives from Montana Tech, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Clark Fork Watershed, taught the students for the day, a day where local students were able to learn more about why their hometown is called the Mining City.
Butte high school says they plan to continue doing the field trip every year.