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, our exhibits
(including Glacial Lake Missoula) are closed–
To register for Summer Camp or other programs, please contact us at 406-327-0405.
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 Discovery Day
Do you know where to find singing meadowlarks? Or beaver sign? Or the best place to view a cedar tree? Bring a team or join one when you arrive to compete in an all day Naturalist Scavenger Hunt!
Compete in either the adult or family category to find as many of the 25 organisms/items on the scavenger hunt list as you can. The adult category will contain a few challenges; the family category will have fun questions for kids to solve.
Teams will receive the questions at 10:00 am and have until 4:00 pm to finish the hunt. If you finish early, you may return at any time. In most cases a digital camera or camera phone will be necessary to document what you found. So bring your camera, a lunch, and get ready to search around the Missoula valley for naturalist treasures!
Date: Saturday, April 19th
Time: 10:00-4:00 pm
Location: Meet at the Montana Natural History Center 120 Hickory St. Be prepared to carpool or travel by bike with your team.
Admission: $4 suggested donation, MNHC members free