‘Strange Birds’ by Melissa Madsen

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‘Strange Birds’ by Melissa Madsen

Monday, December 15th, 2003
Gallery Opening


time to fly

Melissa Madsen’s  exhibit of collages created from scratch board, paintings and old photographs feature birds and an entertaining perspective on parenting.

First Friday Gallery Opening: November 7th                   

Time: 4:30-6:30 pm                            

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.                                  

‘Strange Birds’ will be up through mid December.


Naturalist Trivia Night

Wednesday, December 10th, 2003
Secret Science Night

trivia night

Show off your nature knowledge during MNHC’s  Naturalist Trivia Night! Our special hosts for this evening will be the Glacial Lake Missoula Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute. So you can probably expect a category or two on our famous lake and flood. Other categories will focus on Montana flora and fauna. Come as a team or join up with others when you arrive. Teams can consist of 1- 10 people.  Show off your skills or learn new facts during this fun night for novices and experts alike.

Date: Wednesday, November 19

Time: 7:00 pm

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

Admission: $4 suggested donation, MNHC members free. BYOB and snacks. We will have tea and cocoa.

All About Bears

Monday, December 8th, 2003
Saturday Kids Activity


What would you eat if you were a bear? Nothing but huckleberries? But did you know bears also eat moths they find under rocks? Find out about the lives of bears through  activities and games. We will also have bear skulls, claws and hides to see and touch.

Date: Saturday, November 22nd

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Cost: $3/$1 MNHC members; adults free.


Secret Science Night with Ian Lange

Saturday, December 6th, 2003
Volcanoes Affect More Than Air-Traffic (Climate Change!)

Can volcanic eruptions modify Earth’s climate?  In 44 B.C. Plutarch postulated that a large Mt. Etna eruption on Sicily had subsequently affected the Mediterranean region causing famines.   Benjamin Franklin, following major Icelandic eruptions of 1783, also suggested that Europe’s climate was influenced for several years by those massive eruptions.  But some very large eruptions have not affected Earth’s climate while some much smaller eruptions have modified it.  Dr. Ian Lange of the University of Montana’s Geosciences Department shall examine not only how volcanoes affect climate, but whether they can produce long term effects.


Date: Wednesday, December 3rd

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Admission: $4 suggested donation, MNHC members free

Holiday WreathWorkshop

Thursday, December 4th, 2003

winter2011 013Learn how to create a beautiful holiday wreath, garland, or door hanging from local conifers! We will cover identification tips and facts about MT evergreens as you work.

Date: Thursday, December 4th  

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm  

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

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


Animal Olympics

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003
Saturday Kids Activity

How high can a jackrabbit jump? How fast can a pronghorn run? Compete against the animals  during these Olympic games. You will learn fun facts about our Montana animals and wonder at some of their amazing abilities. Can you stand on one leg as long as a great blue heron? Get your winter wiggles out with plenty of movement and challenges for everyone in the family.


Date: Saturday, December 13th

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Cost: $3/$1 MNHC members; adults free

frog jumping

Secret Science Night with Nancy Hinman

Sunday, November 30th, 2003
Chemistry of Hot Springs

Why do some hot springs smell like sulfur? What makes your skin slippery at Symes? Dr. Nancy Hinman of the Geosciences Department at the University of Montana will explain the chemistry of hot springs.

Date: Wednesday, December 17th

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Admission: $4 suggested donation, MNHC members free

hotsprings picture

Soup and Spud Fest 2014!

Monday, December 24th, 2001
 Native Plant Garden Program

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

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

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

Date: Thursday, September 25th

Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $5 for food and drinks

baked potato


miniNaturalist Pre-K 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 every first and third Thursday.

photo 2Date: 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.

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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