The mission of the Montana Natural History Center is to promote and cultivate the appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of nature through education. Founded in 1991, MNHC was the brainchild of a group of educators who were involved in various efforts to educate both kids and adults about the natural history of western Montana, and who decided to unite those efforts into one environmental education organization. MNHC provides nature education programming for people of all ages through summer camps, kids’ activities, Visiting Naturalist in the Schools, Master Naturalist certification courses and Field Days, evening lectures, Field Notes on Montana Public Radio, Center Visits, and more. Please stop by and visit!
We are thrilled to present our newly-published book, Field Notes from the Montana Natural History Center, showcasing 134 of the insightful observations from local naturalists that have aired on Montana Public Radio over the last 25 years.
With topics ranging from birds to geology to insects to mammals and more, Field Notes from the Montana Natural History Center is a perfect gift for your children, parents, friends, and family! Purchase price is $22.95, with all proceeds going to support our natural history education programs. Purchase your copy at MNHC or place your order here!
Evening Program Series
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Join us for a 4-class series with geologist and retired Hellgate High School earth sciences teacher Bruce Baty.
Rocks contain unique features that give clues to their origin and formation. In essence, rocks tell stories.
In this series we will learn how to read those stories. We will differentiate rocks based on their origins, i.e., igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary, as well as name about 40 different rocks. After the first class, feel free to bring some of your own “special rocks” for class discussion.
Tuesdays, January 10, 17, 24, & 31
7:00- 8:30 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.
6 OPI credits available.
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The Montana Natural History Center’s February Artist in Residence, Peggy Christian, will guide you through the process of combining photography and words to create a unique and beautiful work of art.
Practice mindful photography as you explore a specimen, resulting in a deeper connection. Peggy will direct you in carefully editing your photos, and you’ll choose six that will provide a narrative. Add text to develop the story and, finally, affix photos and text to a wooden canvas. Learn how photography can go beyond simple documentation–it can be used to sharpen your senses, heighten awareness, and, yes, tell stories.
Any smart phone or digital camera will work for this program!
Wednesday, February 22
$30; $25 MNHC members