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miniNaturalist Pre-K Summer Program

Thursday, October 17th, 2002

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.

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Date: Thursdays, July 3rd & 17th

Time: 10:00-11:00 am

Location: Greenough Park in July

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

In August we will be at Franklin Park.

Native Plant Garden Work/Learn Day: Native and Invasive Grasses

Monday, October 7th, 2002
Identification of Grasses

Join us at the Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden for an afternoon lending help in the garden.  Our educational focus will be on learning how to identify native and invasive grasses.

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Date: Thursday, July 3rd

Time: 4:00-6:00 pm

Location: The Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden at the Fort and near the water tower

Kids welcome! Please no dogs. 

Arachnids

Sunday, October 6th, 2002
Naturalist Field Day

Learn your spiders with Jennifer Smith! This unique field day will increase your background knowledge on spider biology, their role in the ecosystem, and  identification by family.

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We will start the day in the classroom looking at spider morphology and sexual dimorphism. You will be introduced to the spider families of Montana, their identifying features and web designs. The rest of the day will be spent in the field practicing identification skills. Using pit fall traps and sweep nets you will collect spiders in several environments and examine webs.

What to Bring:

  • Lunch, water, clothes appropriate for the weather, hat, good walking shoes/boots, journal.

Please call 327-0405 to register. Space is limited. Full payment due upon registration.

Date: Saturday, July 5th (new date)

Time:  9:00-5:00 pm

Location:  Meet at Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Missoula; travel to field sites on the MNHC bus.

Cost:  $80/$70 MNHC members. Some scholarships available, please call for details.

For more information about Naturalist Field Days and a course schedule, please visit our

 Master Naturalist page.

 

 

 

 

 

Creatures of Silver’s Lagoon

Saturday, October 5th, 2002
Saturday Kids Activity

Use nets, collecting  buckets, and magnifying lenses to find, study, and release the creatures of Silver’s lagoon. From frog eggs, to fish, to dragonflies and water beetles, there is a lot of life at the  lagoon! Meet at Silver’s Lagoon near the Currents Swim Center.

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Date: Saturday, July 5th

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

Location: Silver’s Lagoon

Admission: $3/$1 MNHC members

 

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Native Plant Garden Work/Learn Day: Native Plant ID

Thursday, October 3rd, 2002
Identification of Native Plants

Join us at the Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden for an afternoon lending help in the garden.  Our educational focus will be on learning how to identify native plants to family and then to species.

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Date: Thursday, July 10th

Time: 4:00-6:00 pm

Location: The Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden at the Fort and near the water tower

Kids welcome! Please no dogs.

Native Plant Garden Work/Learn Day: Medicinal Plants

Monday, September 30th, 2002
Medicinal Plants

Join us at the Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden for an afternoon lending help in the garden.  Our educational focus will be on local native medicinal plants. Tour the garden and learn how many of our native plants were used medicinally in the past or are still in use today.

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Date: Thursday, June 19th

Time: 4:00-6:00 pm

Location: The Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden at the Fort and near the water tower

Kids welcome! Please no dogs.

Native Plant Garden Work/Learn Day: Journaling Plants and Pollinators

Thursday, September 26th, 2002
Journaling: Plants & Pollinators

Join us at the Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden for an afternoon lending help in the garden.  Our educational focus will be on creating illustrated journal entries. The plants and pollinators of the garden will star as our journal subjects.

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Date: Thursday, July 24th

Time: 4:00-6:00

Location: Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden at the Fort and near the water tower.

Kids welcome! Please no dogs. 

Native Plant Garden Work/Learn Day: Invasive Weeds

Tuesday, September 24th, 2002
Invasive Weeds

Join us at the Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden for an afternoon lending help in the garden.  Our educational focus will be on invasive weeds. Where did they come from? How do they get established? What can you do to prevent them from taking over your garden?

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Date: Thursday, July 31st

Time: 4:00-6:00

Location: Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden at the Fort and near the water tower.

Kids welcome! Please no dogs. 

Native Plant Garden Work/Learn Day: Native and Invasive Grasses

Friday, September 20th, 2002
Identification of Grasses

Join us at the Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden for an afternoon lending help in the garden.  Our educational focus will be on learning how to identify native and invasive grasses.

Agropyron spicatum

Date: Thursday, August 7th

Time: 4:00-6:00 pm

Location: The Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden at the Fort and near the water tower

Kids welcome! Please no dogs.

Busy Beavers

Wednesday, September 18th, 2002
Saturday Kids Activity

The beavers have been busy along the Clark Fork. What are they doing? How are they adapted to live in an aquatic environment? Take a walk along the river with MNHC staff to find evidence of the their work. We have pelts to touch and skulls to study plus stories to share

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Date: Saturday, August 9th

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Admission: $3/$1 MNHC members