MISSOULA, Mont. -

A retired science teacher is KECI's local hero of the month.

But the man who taught physical science to scores of kids from Three Forks to Missoula, is also an historian, and a busy volunteer.

He's a versatile artisan and photographer always on the lookout for new adventures in learning.

He's credited for an intense dedication to the betterment of his community.

Norm Jacobson is rarely without his camera.

Missoula has declared war on uninvited graffiti.

So Norm photographs it when he finds it, and e-mails the pictures to police.

He loves nature photography too.

He has a series of squirrel pictures...a squirrel riding a toy truck, a squirrel visiting stuffed animals, a squirrel investigating Norm's camera.

How did he get them to do that?

"I feed them peanuts," said Jacobson.

He shot a series of historical photos of Milltown Dam.

He photographed the exact Montana locations explorer David Thompson mapped 200 years ago.

He has been a visible and active part of student science fairs as teacher and judge for decades.

He shows off a replica of a Native American rattle.

It's made of bison hooves.

He makes replicas of Native tools and toys.

He demonstrates a child's slide made from the ribs of an animal.

He admires Native traditions, and their practical engineering skills.

"Their ingenuity," marvels Jacobson.

He's always visiting schools with his collections.

He volunteers at Traveler's Rest interpreting to visitors how these hand made items were used when Lewis and Clark passed through.

"I know Norm Jacobson," said teacher and friend, Nancy Thibo,
"He is my hero because he has a love for life."

Jacobson never quits working.

He volunteers at the Missoula Senior Center, washing dishes.