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.
Due to our current construction project, some of our exhibits
(including Glacial Lake Missoula) will be unavailable,
and we will be offering free admission to the Center during this time.
Registration is now open for our Summer 2014 Montana Master Naturalist Course!
Taught by MNHC Naturalist Brian Williams, this is a five-day intensive course held from June 18-20 and June 23-24 (Wednesday-Friday and Monday-Tuesday, with the weekend off), 2014, with the class meeting from 8am-4pm each day. This class will meet at our classroom at the Native Plant Garden at Fort Missoula.
Because this version of the class is compressed into a short window of time, we won’t cover the same breadth of material as the spring class, but instead delve deeper into a more limited range of topics. This class also differs slightly from the spring course because we’ll take full advantage of the early summer season and spend most of our time afield, supplementing that with a couple of lectures and labs to deepen our knowledge. Our focus will be on learning the core skills of identification in three areas: 1) flowers and trees, 2) birds, and 3) insects. In the past, guest instructors have included Annie Garde, Valerie Bayer, and Charles Miller.
Please call 406.327.0405 during business hours to register. The cost of this course is $395, with full payment due upon registration.
2 college credits are available, pending approval; this course is listed as ENST 391.
Some scholarships are available–please contact us at 327.0405 for details.
Saturday Kids Activity
Are you an aspiring rock hound? This program is perfect for anyone interested in collecting and admiring rocks. There will be time to find your own treasures and create a small rock collection to take home. You can also learn how to identify some common rocks and learn where to go for more geology adventures. Members of the Hellgate Gem and Mineral Society will be on hand to demonstrate techniques.
Date: Saturday, March 8th
Time: 2:00- 3:00 p.m.
Location: The Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.
Admission: $3/$1 MNHC members. Best for ages 5 and up.