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Glow in the Dark Party!

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
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


Naturalist Trivia Night!

Friday, October 11th, 2002
Secret Science Night

Enjoy fun facts with other naturalists during this Naturalist Trivia Night hosted by friends of MNHC. Come show off your knowledge or come to learn, this evening is great for all background levels. You can bring a team or join one when you arrive.

Date: Wednesday, February 10

Time: 7:00-9:00 pm

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Admission: $4 suggested donation, MNHC members free. BYOB.



Sunday, October 6th, 2002
Saturday Kids’ Activity

imagesYou can become a rockhound! Learn how to identify common local rocks and explore the shapes and colors of crystals. Spend some time sifting and panning for your very own mineral or crystal to take home. Members of the Hellgate Gem and Mineral Society will be on hand to answer questions and get you started on your rock collection.


images-32-e1375113281358-150x150Date: Saturday, March 12

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Program is free with admission to MNHC. Fun for the whole family!

Naturalist Trivia Night!

Thursday, October 3rd, 2002
Secret Science Night

download (1)Learn new facts or show off your skills during a fun night of Naturalist Trivia! You can compete in the professional or novice division for fame and maybe prizes. This evening is great for all knowledge levels.

Date: Wednesday, March 23

Time: 7:00-9:00 pm

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Admission: $4 suggested donation, MNHC members free. BYOB.

Native Bugs on Native Flowers

Monday, September 30th, 2002
Hosted by the Montana Native Plant Society Clark Fork Chapter and the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium

IMG_1277This illustrated show features photos from members of the MNPS Clark Fork Chapter and other photographers of plants and bugs. As the pictures are presented, experts identify the plants and invertebrates. Learn about our beautiful flora and incredible insect fauna during the program.

If you have some digital in-focus photos of insects on flowers that you would like to show, email them to

Date: Thursday, April 14 (note different day from most Secret Science Nights)

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Admission: Free


Go Birding!

Saturday, September 28th, 2002
Saturday Kids’ Activity

254Identify local birds and their calls during this Saturday Kids’ Activity walk. You can practice with MNHC binoculars or bring your own as we saunter along the river trail looking and listening for birds. Spring is an exciting time to welcome back migrating songbirds to Montana.

Date: Saturday, April 16

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Program is free with admission to MNHC.

Evening with a Naturalist: Emily Graslie

Friday, September 20th, 2002
The Good Food Store Presents Evening with a Naturalist: Emily Graslie hosted by Hank Green at MNHC

We are bringing four big names to MNHC this year and offering an exclusive, dynamic evening with these experts. Our speakers will be interviewed by local new media entrepreneur and SciShow host Hank Green. The $60 ticket also includes drinks provided by the Dram Shop, light appetizers provided by the Good Food Store, and an opportunity to meet a famous naturalist.

April 29:

Emily Graslie Hosted by Hank Green

Emily Graslie is the Chief Curiosity Correspondent for The Field Museum in Chicago and is the public spokesperson on topics ranging from traditional print media to new digital platforms, television and radio and everything in between. Emily is also the writer, producer, co-creator and host of The Brain Scoop, an educational YouTube channel that explores behind-the-scenes of The Field Museum in order to share the work of scientists and the value of research collections with the world. Emily travels the United States to spread the good word about the importance of science literacy at universities, museums, conferences and conventions galore.

Date: Friday, April 29, 2016

Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm; program begins at 7:30

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Admission: $60
Only 50 seats available.  Registration is required.


A big THANK YOU to our program sponsors/partners!

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Tuesday, September 10th, 2002
Naturalist Field Day

Instructor, photographer,  lichenologist & mycologist Tim Wheeler leads this Naturalist Field Day on lichens.

Tim's lichen

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 curious 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 field looking at the macroscopic identifying features of these  organisms. Learn about their distinguishing features, which are eaten by elk and deer, and how to read animal behaviors by the presence of certain species.

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:

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

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.


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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