The mission of the Montana Natural History Center is to promote and cultivate the appreciation, understanding and stewardship of nature through education. MNHC was 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.
Naturalist Field Day
Botanist and UM professor, Greg Peters, will guide your understanding of habitat typing, plant identification, geomorphology, and plant associations. Concentrate on learning an assemblage of trees and plants in a specific habitat.
Date: Saturday, July 18
Time: 9:00-5:00 (depending on location, this class may go until 6:00)
Location: meet at the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.
Cost: $80/$70 MNHC members. Some scholarships are available.
Registration is required. Please call 327-0405. 5 OPI credits.
The exact location of our field site could vary depending on weather and fire conditions. There may be up to four miles of easy to moderate walking during the day.
- Practice identifying and recognizing plants by family
- Understand why certain plants and trees are found together and how they are adapted to their habitat
- Get hands-on opportunities to try habitat typing and plot sampling
What to Bring:
- Hiking shoes/boots & clothes appropriate for the weather
- Lunch, water, snacks
- Loupe (MNHC has some to borrow)
- Forceps (MNHC has some to borrow)
- Journal and pen or pencil
Recommended Reading & Identification Guides:
- ‘Manual of Montana Vascular Plants’ by Peter Lescia
- ‘Plants of Southern Interior British Columbia and the Inland Northwest’ by Parish, Coupe, & Lloyd
- ‘Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification’ by Thomas J. Elpel
Saturday Kids Activity
How fast can a hummingbird flap its wings? How far can a mountain lion leap? Visit specimens in the Montana Natural History Center and learn about the wonderful feats of animal locomotion. Each animal station will have a challenge for you to perform and poster prizes at the end.
Date: Saturday, July 11
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm
Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.
Admission: $3/$1 MNHC members, adults free, best for ages 5 and up.