Gallery Opening for Sally Hickman

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Gallery Opening for Sally Hickman

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

‘Backyard Bird Project’

For years Sally Hickman has been studying and painting the birds who visit her backyard. View her detailed work and observations of these birds over time. This show will be presented in two parts – one set of paintings in July, and one set in August.

Downy Woodpecker and Northern Flicker

Gallery Opening on Friday, July 1,
4:30-6:30 p.m., at the
Montana Natural History Center


Golden-crowned Kinglet


Weed Walk & Talk

Monday, September 9th, 2002

Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden Program

The spikelets comprise lemmas with long tips that taper nearly imperceptibly into the apical awn.

Would you like to identify weeds? Or find out how to eradicate them from your garden? Take a walk around the Native Plant Garden with us! You will come away with the ability to identify a number of common weeds and the knowledge of how they grow and spread. View different methods and experiments conducted in the garden to manage weeds.


Thursday, June 2

5:30-7:00 pm

Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden near the water tower at the Fort



25th Anniversary Community Celebration

Thursday, September 5th, 2002

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Celebrate with us on Wednesday, June 15th, from 5:30-7:30pm.

Enjoy live music by the Salamanders, drinks from Big Sky Brewing, and food from Big Dipper, Big Thai Country, Covered Wagon Hotdogs, and El Cazador.

Fun for the whole family!

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The Explorations and Discoveries of George Bird Grinnell, the Father of Glacier National Park

Thursday, August 15th, 2002

Evening Program


George Bird Grinnell founded the first Audubon Society, co-founded the Boone and Crockett Club with Teddy Roosevelt, and led the effort to establish Glacier National Park.

Mr. Hugh Grinnell, distant cousin to George Bird Grinnell impersonates his cousin in period costume and tells his story in a live presentation using projections of historical photos, maps, and quotes to provide a living, first person presentation of Bird Grinnell’s story. View 19th-century photographs of the explorations and discoveries during this special program.

Monday, August 15

7:00 pm

$4 suggested donation, MNHC members free

Seed Collecting

Monday, August 12th, 2002

Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden

seedcollecting2011 (8)Learn how to collect and germinate native plant seeds. You can start your own garden from seed! We will discuss methods and ethics and then collect seeds from the garden. Find out which plants would be best suited for your space and practice identifying plants by their seed head rather than flower.

Thursday, August 4

5:30-7:00 p.m.


Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden, near the water tower at the Fort


Soup and Spud Fest 2016

Tuesday, November 20th, 2001
 Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden

Come celebrate the beautiful weather and end-of-summer atmosphere at the Native Plant Garden! Enjoy a variety of soups, baked potatoes with fixin’s, drinks, and garden tours.

Bring your friends! Meet new people! Relax, eat, drink, and enjoy the outdoors at the Garden!

Kids welcome- We have a sand tracking pit, giant hollow log, plenty of hidden trails and fort building materials.

Thursday, September 8

 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Fort Missoula Native Plant Gardens; under the big silver water tower

$5 for food and drinks

baked potato


Academic Year 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.


prek-kEach month features a new theme. Explore ‘Forest Friends’, ‘Rocks & Fossils’, ‘Incredible Insects’ and many more.

The hour-long program begins with group time led by a Montana Naturalist History Center Naturalist. The second half  promotes child-directed learning through art activities, dramatic play, science investigation, literacy, and math stations.

We also have a Discovery Room designed just for young naturalists with a touch table, puppets, and books.

Come learn and play with us!

Dates: Every Thursday, September- May

Time: 10:00-11:00 am

Admission: $3/$1 MNHC members, adults and children under 2 free


MNHC now on Facebook!

Monday, October 1st, 2001

Check out upcoming events!  See fun event photos!  Become a fan!

It is all possible now that MNHC has a Facebook page.

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Holiday Wreath Workshop

Tuesday, October 31st, 2000

winter2011 013Learn how to create a beautiful holiday wreath, garland, or door hanging from local conifers! We will cover identification tips and facts about Montana evergreens as you work. Using fragrant boughs you will build the base of your creation. Add cones, sprigs of evergreen shrubs, ribbon, and holiday decorations for flair. We will also have non-traditional wreath materials such as sage, dried grasses, dogwood twigs and more to work with. Let your imagination guide you!

Date: Thursday, December 3

Time: 5:00-7:00 pm  

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Cost: $10/$5 MNHC members. Registration is  required. Please call 327-0405 to sign up.


Glow in the Dark Party!

Tuesday, October 10th, 2000
Saturday Kids’ Activity

masonjar_coverSome animals (scorpions, jellyfish), several lichen and mushrooms, and a variety of rocks will glow or fluoresce under a black light. Come play with glowing goo, make glowing paintings, and see fluorescing rocks. Party while you learn! Fun for the whole family!

Date: Saturday, February 13

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Program is free with admission to MNHC.  MNHC members free