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
Increase your expertise in understanding and identifying local wetland vascular plants with botanist and author of the ‘Montana Guide to Wetland Vascular Plants’, Peter Lesica.
This class is offered as a two day intensive for professionals as well as a one day option for those who are interested in an introduction to the topic.
Day 1: The morning will be spent learning terminology and how to identify sedges and rushes with the assistance of a microscope. The afternoon will be spent in the field identifying wetland plants using hand lenses and manuals. This day can be taken as the introductory class option.
Day 2: We will visit at least two riparian sites and identify plants as well as discuss riparian ecology. Spend the entire day in the field receiving guided instruction to take your identification abilities to the next level.
- Learn how to identify rushes and sedges.
- Learn how to predict species assemblage based on habitat
What to Bring:
- lunch & water
- shoes or boots you can get wet (tennis shoes or rubber boots)
- hand lens (we have some to borrow)
- forceps (can be purchased at this site: https://www.bioquip.com/search/DispProduct.asp?pid=4739). We will also have some to borrow.
- Dorn’s ‘Vascular Plants of Montana’ or Lesica’s ‘Manual of Montana Vascular Plants’ (MNHC has some copies for participants)
Date: Thursday and Friday, August 13 & 14
Time: 9:00-5:00 pm
Location: meet at the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.
Cost: $190/2 day class (180 MNHC members), $90/day 1 of class ($80 for MNHC members). Some scholarships are available. Please inquire for details.
Registration is required. Please call 327-0405.
5 OPI credits
‘Manual of Wetland Vascular Plants’ by Peter Lesica (copies will be available for participants in the class).
Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden
Begin your own native plant garden from seed. Native plant gardener, Sarah Lederle, will discuss the methods and ethics of native seed collecting and tips for germination. Spend time in the garden collecting seeds to suit your needs. Sarah will answer questions and help with plant identification.
Date: Thursday, August 6
Time: 4:30-6:00 pm
Location: The Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden at the Fort
Admission: $4 suggested donation, MNHC members free
Kids welcome. Please no dogs.