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Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

Saturday Kids’ Activity

Stop by the Montana Natural History Center and smell the flowers during this fun family-friendly program.

imagesLearn about flower parts by dissecting a flower, make a beautiful paper flower crown, observe pollinators, and much more!

Saturday, May 28

2:00-3:00 pm

Program is FREE with admission to MNHC


Monday, May 9th, 2016
Naturalist Field Day

Tim's lichen

Lichenologist & mycologist Tim Wheeler leads this Naturalist Field Day on lichens.

Delve deep into the study of lichens and never look at your forest the same way again. Our locality has a high diversity of lichen species in a array of beautiful forms. Learn about the ecology and biology of lichens as you become comfortable identifying common species. We will spend most of the day in the Jocko valley, Tim’s home, exploring this fascinating subject.

Begin by learning how to categorize lichen by thallus growth form. Then move from species to species finding distinguishing traits. We will look at habitat, substrate and key features.

What to Bring:

  • Lunch, water, snacks, boots/walking shoes, layers and warm clothes appropriate for the weather, and a journal.

Reading Materials for the Curious:


REGISTER HERE Or call 327-0405.

(If you are an employee of Missoula Park and Recreation, special registration applies, please call 327-0405.)

Date: Saturday, May 21

Time: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Location: Meet at the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St., travel to field sites in 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.


Gallery Opening for John Ashley

Monday, April 18th, 2016

‘Natural History of the Night’

The Montana Natural History Center is pleased to announce a First Friday Gallery Opening for photographer John Ashley.

Friday, May 6, 4:30-6:30 pm

Illustrated Artist Lecture 6:30-7:30 pm. 
Milky Way over Chief Mountain in GNP (1)Our natural day/night cycle has shifted dramatically due to the growth of artificial lighting at night. Today three out of four of the world’s children cannot see the Milky Way from where they live due to light pollution. Fortunately, people took notice and the night sky preservation movement was born.

The first step towards bringing back the night sky is realizing what’s been lost. Much of Montana still harbors dark, star-filled skies, and my nighttime photographs remind us of what’s at stake. Dancing northern lights, awe-inspiring comets, the shimmering arc of the Milky Way, and much more. Natural darkness is our shared heritage that our children’s children deserve to inherit.

John’s book, “Glacier National Park After Dark,” is an excellent introduction to night sky conservation, capturing nearly three decades of photographing Montana’s starry skies.

Waterwise Gardening

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden Program

rain-barrelJoin MNHC gardener Sarah Lederle for a tour of the Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden and a program on waterwise gardening. Find the best native plants for your space, learn how to build and install a rain barrel, and discover how to care for all your plants and vegetables while conserving water. You will be amazed at what you can do!

Thursday, May 19

5:30-7:00 pm

plantgardens (2)Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden near the water tower at the Fort



Lecture: ‘The Monarch Butterfly: Population Trends, Conservation, & Your Backyard’

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Evening Program


Glenn Marangelo provides a special lecture, ‘The Monarch Butterfly: Population Trends, Conservation, & Your Backyard’  for Endangered Species Day. Learn about these iconic butterflies and how we interact with them in Montana. This illustrated program is as fascinating as it is informative.

This lecture culminates a day-long celebration of endangered species and events at the Montana Natural History Center. Arrive early, at 6:30 p.m., to hear Mayor Engen dedicate a new Monarch Waystation on the north end of the MNHC building.

Friday, May 20

7:00 p.m.

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.



Community Night at the Thomas Meagher Bar

Friday, September 13th, 2002

meagher barEnjoy food, drinks and a wonderful atmosphere at the Thomas Meagher Bar. During their Community Night 20% of all sales will benefit MNHC!

We hope to see you there!


Monday, May 16

6:00 pm-until close

Thomas Meagher Bar, 130 W. Pine Street, Missoula

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

COME ONE, COME ALL!25th Logo - color, transparent background (1)



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

Sun Prints and Printmaking

Sunday, August 4th, 2002

Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden

daisysunprintUse photosensitive paper to make plant sun prints or create one-of-a kind works of art using gelatin and ink. The garden has plenty of inspiring plants to use. Find out how to identify the species and flower family in your art.

Thursday, July 7

5:30-7:00 p.m.

Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden by the water tower at the fort

$4 for materials