The mission of the Montana Natural History Center is to promote and cultivate the appreciation, understanding and stewardship of nature through education. MNHC is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 by a group of educators who had the vision to create a natural history center as a resource for schools and the public. Originally housed on the University of Montana campus, MNHC continued to grow and outgrow its rented space at Fort Missoula. In 2004, MNHC purchased its first home at 120 Hickory Street, at the edge of McCormick Park in the heart of Missoula.
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Naturalist Field Day
Learn your spiders with Jennifer Smith! This unique field day will increase your background knowledge on spider biology, their role in the ecosystem, and identification by family.
We will start the day in the classroom looking at spider morphology and sexual dimorphism. You will be introduced to the spider families of Montana, their identifying features and web designs. The rest of the day will be spent in the field practicing identification skills. Using pit fall traps and sweep nets you will collect spiders in several environments and examine webs.
What to Bring:
- Lunch, water, clothes appropriate for the weather, hat, good walking shoes/boots, journal.
Please call 327-0405 to register. Space is limited. Full payment due upon registration.
Date: Saturday, July 5th (new date)
Time: 9:00-5:00 pm
Location: Meet at Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Missoula; travel to field sites on the MNHC bus.
Cost: $80/$70 MNHC members. Some scholarships available, please call for details.
For more information about Naturalist Field Days and a course schedule, please visit our
Master Naturalist page.
The miniNaturalist Pre-K Program engages youngsters in the exploration of the natural world through fun hands-on activities and games. Emphasis is on observation, sensory skills, and imagination to cultivate a positive connection with nature at an age when children are just beginning to investigate the world around them.
Our summer-time version of the miniNaturalist Pre-K Program is held at three different community parks in Missoula. Each month we visit a park and spend time exploring the wild spots we find. Catch bugs with nets, paint with water colors, look under rocks and play games every first and third Thursday.
Date: Thursdays, July 3rd & 17th
Time: 10:00-11:00 am
Location: Greenough Park in July
Admission: $3/$1 MNHC members, adults free
In August we will be at Franklin Park.