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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Friday Discovery Day
Meriwether Lewis is believed to have collected hundreds of mineral specimens during the expedition—yet only a handful survive. What happened to these treasures and why? After Dr. Doug Klieger’s elucidating lecture we will carpool to a site on the Blackfoot river near Lincoln to collect jasper and learn about belt rocks.This site is on the banks of a fast moving river. Children 10 and up only.
Date: Friday, September 19th
Time: 10:00 am– 4:00 pm
Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.
Cost: $10/$5 MNHC members, Hellgate Gem & Mineral Society members free.
Please call 327-0405 to register.
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, August 7th & 21st
Time: 10:00-11:00 am
Location: Franklin Park in August
Admission: $3/$1 MNHC members, adults free
The miniNaturalist Pre-K Program will meet at the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St., September-May for the academic year.