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Saturday, December 14th, 2002
Saturday Kids Activity

How fast can a hummingbird flap its wings? How far can a mountain lion leap? Visit specimens in the calliope_hummingbird_flight_9267_lrMontana Natural History Center and learn about the wonderful feats of animal locomotion. Each animal station will have a challenge for you to perform and poster prizes at the end.

Date: Saturday, July 11

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

frog-jumpLocation: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Admission: $3/$1 MNHC members, adults free, best for ages 5 and up.

Cheers for Charity at Draught Works Brewery

Friday, December 13th, 2002
Cheers for Charity

DraughtWorksLogo1Help the Montana Natural History Center connect people of all ages to the outdoor world by drinking beer (or soda)! MNHC is a proud recipient of Draught Works’ Cheers for Charity Program. From 5:00-8:00 on Tuesday, July 14th a portion of every drink sold will be donated to MNHC. These donations enable MNHC to provide quality environmental education programs, enhance our exhibit space, and maintain our outdoor learning lab at the Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden.

We will have a high-powered microscope on hand to peer at the natural marvels of hops and yeast. Join us for a relaxing summer evening at Draught Works!

Date: Tuesday, July 14

Time: 5:00-8:00 pm

Location: Draught Works Brewery, 915 Toole Ave.


Understanding Soil

Thursday, December 12th, 2002
Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden

SoilNGWhat is soil? How does its composition affect our Montana native plants? Sarah Lederle, native plant gardener, will discuss the defining aspects of our local soils, demonstrate how to conduct a soil test, and will help you find the best plants for the soil in your garden space.

Date: Thursday, July 16

Time: 4:30-6:00 pm

Location: Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden at the Fort

Admission: $4 suggested donation, MNHC members free

Seed Collecting

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2002
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.

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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.

Curious Cats of Montana

Monday, December 2nd, 2002
Saturday Kids Activity

266890-3x2-340x227The lynx, mt. lion, and bobcat roam our wild spaces. Touch pelts, inspect skulls, and find out about the behaviors and biology of these curious cats. The Montana Natural History Center has a number of neat specimens to become acquainted with. How does mt. lion fur feel compared to bobcat fur? What are the size of the tracks lynx make in the snow? We will have some art activities and stories too!

Date: Saturday, August 15

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

Location: Montana Natural History Center 120 Hickory St.

Admission: $3/$1 MNHC members, adults free. Best for ages 5 and up.

Summer Program

Wednesday, October 17th, 2001

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.

photo 2Dates/Locations:

June 4th at McCormick Park

July 2nd and 16th at Greenough Park

August 6th and 20th at Franklin Park

Time: 10:00-11:00 am

Admission: $3/$1 MNHC members, adults free


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Monday, October 1st, 2001

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Gallery Opening for Gail Trenfield

Sunday, December 31st, 2000
Reflections of the Natural World – the Beauty and Light of our Lakes and Rivers

gailtrenfield1The Montana Natural History Center is pleased to announce a First Friday Gallery Opening for Gail Trenfield. Her show ‘Reflections of the Natural World- the Beauty and Light of our Lakes and Rivers’ contains numerous paintings of varying sizes. Gail’s work refelcts nature’s beautiful color palette and celebrates the light and form of water.


The show will be up through May

Date: Friday, May 1st

Time: 4:30-6:30 pm

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.


Rare Carnivores in the Crown

Saturday, December 30th, 2000
Secret Science Night:

fisher2Rare Carnivores in the Crown: A noninvasive, landscape-scale approach for monitoring fisher, Canada lynx, and wolverine populations in the Southwestern portion of the Crown of the Continent.

Adam Lieberg from the Northwest Connections and Luke Lamar from the Swan Ecosystem Center will describe the results of their research on some of the elusive and wonderful carnivores of the Crown.

Date: Wednesday, May 6th

Time: 7:00- 8:00 pm

Location: the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Admission: $4 suggested donation, MNHC members free.


Teacher Workshop: Schoolyard Native Plants and Pollinators

Thursday, December 28th, 2000

Teacher Workshop:

 Schoolyard Native Plants & Pollinators

Thursday, May 7th

3:00 p.m.—6:30 p.m.

At the Native Plant Garden at Fort Missoula

Enjoy an afternoon at the Montana Natural History Center Native Plant Garden at Fort beeMissoula and learn about organizations across Missoula that can help create or enhance a native plant garden at your school.   Whether you are adding native plant features to a vegetable garden or taking advantage of a small plot on your schoolyard, you can be attracting and providing valuable habitat to pollinators.

Teachers will explore hands-on activities that meet educational standards.  In addition, participants will:

  •  Take home lots of resource materials
  • Experience a top notch native plant teaching garden
  • Learn about pollinators, native plants, and native plant gardening
  • And receive some free native plants!
  • Most importantly we hope you will make connections that will help grow and sustain your native plant garden and its outdoor classroom use.


Snacks and light dinner provided

3 OPI credits available

This workshop will fill so register early!
$5.00 registration and materials fee

advanced registration is required.

To Register, contact the Montana Natural History Center at 327-0405