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Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
maxresdefaultHike Bear Creek with a Master Naturalist!

Join Master Naturalist Micki Long for a delightful hike on the Bear Creek Trail in the Bitterroots.

Check out Pacific yew, grand fir, western larch, and much more as you walk. The lunch time turn around spot will be at a lovely little waterfall.

If you have never been on this hike you have to go! If you have hiked it, see new details as Micki imparts naturalist knowledge.

Saturday, November 5

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


RSVP required. Please email 

Children must be over 12 for this hike.

Carpool meets in the parking lot of the Super One on the Stevensville cut-off road just off of 93.

Track it Out!

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016
Saturday Kids’ Activity

tarcksHone your skills as you study tracks and animal sign. Activities will help you learn how to identify tracks by looking at stride length, straddle length, and gait patterns.

Investigate life-size track casts and specimens throughout the Center. We will have our favorite track books out to peruse and fun challenges to try.

Saturday, November 12

2:00-3:00 p.m.

This program is free with admission to MNHC.

Holiday Wreath Making

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

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!

IMAG0004Wednesday, November 30

5:00-7:00 pm  

$15/$10 MNHC members.
Registration is required. 


Gallery Opening for Steve Slocomb

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006
Sunburst Wildflowers

The Montana Natural History Center is pleased to announce a First Friday Gallery Opening for Steve Slocomb.

slocomb3View his beautiful wildflower photos, described as “out of the ordinary,” throughout the month.

Friday, November 4, 4:30-6:30 p.m., at the Montana Natural History Center.


Gallery Opening for Sally Hickman

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

‘Backyard Bird Project, Set II’

For 30 years Sally Hickman has been observing and recording birds who visit her backyard. View the detailed paintings she made of each one. Sally includes information on how the area around her backyard has changed and has grouped her paintings by incidence of sighting . This show will  presents her second set of paintings.

Downy Woodpecker and Northern Flicker

Gallery Opening on Friday, August 5,
4:30-6:30 p.m., at the
Montana Natural History Center


Golden-crowned Kinglet


Gallery Opening for Don Jones

Monday, August 12th, 2002
Wildlife Photography
Don Jones

Don Jones

The Montana Natural History Center is pleased to announce a First Friday Gallery Opening for acclaimed wildlife photographer Don Jones. 

Don Jones is a full-time wildlife photographer residing in the small northwest Montana

Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus)

Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus)

town of Troy. Don’s travels take him from the Arctic to Everglades in search of wild subjects. He is the author of eleven books of North American wildlife and his work graces the pages of magazines published around the world. Of the nearly 750 magazine covers he has accumulated over the last 25 years, the one he holds dearest is his first cover on Ranger Rick—a magazine his mother subscribed for him as a small boy growing up in Chicago. For more of Don’s work check out his website at

Friday, September 2

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

The show will be up through October.

Brown Bear (Ursus arctos)

Brown Bear (Ursus arctos)

Animal Olympics

Friday, August 9th, 2002
Saturday Kids’ Activity

frog jumpingHow would you compete against a mountain lion in the long jump? Or versus a Great Blue Heron in the one-legged stand? Find out during a movement focused afternoon.  Learn fun facts about animal feats as you compete. As you make your way through each Olympic event you can fill out your score card and make a medal at the end.



Saturday, September 3

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

This program is free with admission to MNHC.


Wild Gift Workshop

Thursday, August 1st, 2002
Saturday Kids’ Activity

87d9b72db7c5c3f40679c3f37b7c4ba9Make holiday gifts out of natural materials! Visit different stations set up in MNHC to create painted rocks, pine cone gnomes, printed fabric, and more.

Skip the stores and enjoy crafting inside the Montana Natural History Center. We will have hot cocoa to keep you fortified and lots of different art supplies to make cards and gifts.

Saturday, December 3

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

This program is free with admission to MNHC.

Naturalist Trivia Night!

Monday, June 10th, 2002
Evening Program

Compete in a fun and exciting game of Naturalist Trivia! You can show off your skills or come to learn new nature facts. This program is entertaining and educational for all skill levels. Bring a team or join one when you arrive.

BYOB and snacks.


Wednesday, November 16

7:00-9:00 p.m.

$5 suggested donation; MNHC members free

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Working Dogs for Conservation

Wednesday, May 15th, 2002
Evening Program

Going to the dogs! How a special fleet of canines is helping us learn more about the natural world around us and respond to pressing conservation issues.


We’re all aware that dogs have a superior sense of smell. But did you know they can be trained to find illegal snares, smuggled elephant ivory, animal sign, endangered plants and noxious weeds, among others? Or that many of these detection dogs are adopted from shelters?

Come find out how conservation dogs are chosen and trained for this work and learn about the many different types of targets they are finding as part of global efforts to preserve wildlife and their habitat, and as we seek to better understand some of the natural wonders surrounding us that we can otherwise only know fleetingly.

Special emphasis will be placed on the ongoing collaborative efforts to eradicate the noxious weed Dyer’s woad from Mount Sentinel and in Montana, on noxious, invasive weeds present in this area, and steps to prevent them from spreading.

Ngaio Richards is the Forensics & Field Specialist for Working Dogs for Conservation, a Montana-based nonprofit that has been selecting, training and partnering dogs with biologist handlers for nearly 20 years. She is also a member of, and cadaver dog handler in-training for, Clark Fork-Bitterroot Search Dogs.

For more information about Working Dogs for Conservation: and


Wednesday, December 7

7:00 p.m.

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

$5 suggested donation, MNHC members free