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Friday, January 1st, 2016
Saturday Kids’ Activity

MNHC’s artist in Residence, Peggy Christian will help you create a unique work of art during this special Saturday Kids’ Activity. Practicing mindful photographic techniques you will use (with the help of a parent) a smart phone or camera that can print to an air printer to create a collage. The photos along with text will form a narrative work. This photographic ‘curiosity cabinet’ showcases MNHC’s specimens and your own sense of exploration.

98c837767bd095c0c1d2bcf149da0f29Saturday, February 11

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Program is free with admission to MNHC

 

2016-2017 Audubon Photography Awards Opening

Sunday, December 6th, 2015
First Friday Gallery Opening

The best bird photography in America is coming to MNHC!

Award-Winning Audubon Photography Exhibit

For the past seven years the National Audubon Society has been conducting an annual photography contest to select the best bird-related photographs of the year.  There were over 7,000 photographs submitted in 2016.

For the first time NAS has organized a traveling exhibit of the best photos of 2016 and earlier years.  Five Valleys Audubon is honored to host an exhibition of these photographs jointly with the Montana Natural History Center.  These large format photographs (2 feet by 3 feet) are truly spectacular.

These photographs will be on display from December 29 to January 19.

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First Friday Gallery Opening

Friday, January 6

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Geology Rocks! Evening Series with Bruce Baty

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
Evening Program Series

We are sorry. This program has filled.

Join us for a 4-class series with geologist and retired Hellgate High School earth sciences teacher Bruce Baty. 

Rocks contain unique features that give clues to their origin and formation. In essence, rocks tell stories.dscf6621

In this series we will learn how to read those stories.  We will differentiate rocks based on their origins, i.e., igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary, as well as name about 40 different rocks.  After the first class, feel free to bring some of your own “special rocks” for class discussion.

 

Tuesdays, January 10, 17, 24, & 31

7:00- 8:30 pm

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

$35 (non-members)
$30 (members)

6 OPI credits available.

Gallery Opening for Gail Trenfield and Mary Kelley

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
Water and Sky: Ninepipes Landscapes

gail trenfieldThe Montana Natural History Center is pleased to present a First Friday Gallery Opening by Mary Kelley and Gail Trenfield.

Mary Kelley and Gail Trenfield have worked over the past year to capture the beauty and power of the landscape at Ninepipe Wildlife Refuge, in all its phases. They are drawn to the fine habitat, ever-changing light, and constant interplay of water and sky.

Friday, December 2

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Members-Only Discovery Day Hike

Sunday, October 25th, 2015
Saturday Discovery Day

Join MNHC staff for a members-only hike on snowshoes.

We will look for tracks, discuss our region’s fascinating winter ecology, and take the opportunity to hike through a quiet snow-clad forest. We have snowshoes for you to borrow.

We will be hiking on snowshoes for about 3 hours with a standing or sitting-in-the-snow lunch break. We will stop for interesting sightings and some discussion, but most of the trip will be actively moving through the forest. Please dress appropriately and bring lunch and water.

Because we will be carpooling there is always the possibility of leaving early or staying out later. Perhaps you will want to continue exploring up around the Lolo Pass Visitor Center. Or maybe you would like to bring a swim suit and stop by Lolo Hotsprings on the way home. The Lolo Hotsprings bar and grill also has food for a late afternoon snack.winter2013-035

Saturday, January 7

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Free for Members! 

RSVP required. Please email cmorris@montananaturalist.org

Children must be over 12 for this hike.

Meet at MNHC and carpool to the Lee Creek Trail head. Note: Extremely inclement weather may relocate our hike to a closer destination.

Here is a link to our Emergency Release Form: emergency-contact-information You can fill it out and bring it along, or sign a hard copy when you arrive.

Community Discovery Day Hike on Bass Creek

Sunday, June 15th, 2014
Discovery Day

Join Master Naturalist Micki Long for a snowshoe hike in the Bitterroot!

downloadExplore Bass Creek on snowshoes on a beautiful winter Saturday afternoon. The Montana Natural History Center has snowshoes you can borrow for free if you pick them up before the program. Perhaps you will see a few birds and scrutinize some tracks or maybe you will just revel in the soft quiet beauty of a snowy landscape. Take time outside this winter to hike in the snow!

SUNDAY, February 26

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Free! 

RSVP required. Please email mickilong@gmail.com

Children must be over 12 for this hike.

Meet at MNHC and carpool to the Bass Creek Trail head. Note: Extremely inclement weather may relocate our hike to a different location.

Here is a link to our Emergency Release Form: emergency-contact-information You can fill it out and bring it along, or sign a hard copy when you arrive.

 

Rockhounding!

Friday, December 6th, 2013
Saturday Kids’ Activity

geodeFind out how to become a rockhound with members of the Hellgate Gem and Mineral Society. They will show you the tools of the trade. Examples of Montana’s interesting minerals will be on display and you will even be able to dig for own special treasures to take home.

Saturday, March 11

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Program is free with admission to MNHC.

Members-Only Discovery Day at Lee Metcalf

Friday, December 6th, 2013
Saturday Discovery Day

download-1Join MNHC staff on a members-only walk at Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge.

On this leisurely walk we will look for migrants moving south and scout the river trail for other species of interest. Porcupines have been sighted in the Cottonwoods and birds of all kinds are drawn to open water. Find sign of animals by their scat, tracks, and burrows.

This trip will involve one to several stops by open water where we will get out of the cars and view birds with binoculars and scopes. We have binoculars to borrow! We will also walk up to 1 mile (on flat ground) on riparian paths.

Be sure to wear clothing appropriate for the weather and bring water and lunch.

Because we are carpooling, you always have the opportunity to leave early or explore the area longer.

Saturday, March 18

9:00-2:00 p.m.

Free for Members!

RSVP required. Please  email cmorris@montananaturalist.org.

Meet at MNHC and carpool to Lee Metcalf. Or meet at Lee Metcalf at 10:00 if you are coming from the Bitterroot.

All ages welcome.

Here is a link to our Emergency Release Form: emergency-contact-information You can fill it out and bring it along, or sign a hard copy when you arrive.

 

Our Wild Raptors

Thursday, December 6th, 2012
Saturday Kids’ Activity

osprey_101625Montana is home to beautiful raptors. Some are small and beautiful like the Kestrel and Merlin. Others amaze us with their size such as Bald and Golden Eagles soaring overhead. Get an up-close investigation of these raptors by looking at a number of specimens. Learn where to view raptors in the wild and how to use binoculars. Anyone interested can take a short walk over to McCormick park with a volunteer to view osprey nesting by the stadium.

Saturday, April 15

2:00- 3:00 p.m.

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Program is free with admission to MNHC.

Sip and Sketch: Birds with Nancy Seiler

Friday, May 4th, 2012
Evening Program

We are sorry! This program is full! Please look into our ‘Sip and Sketch’ program in February with Peggy Christian.

Spend an evening sketching and watercolor painting birds with Nancy Seiler! Nancy will guide you through the process as you relax, sip beverages, and enjoy practicing new techniques. We will work from MNHC’s large collection of bird specimens to provide up-close study for accurate representations.

No experience is needed!

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7:00-9:00 p.m.

$25

Nancy is a certified Golden Artist Educator. She teachers workshops from her studio in Missoula and abroad. Her work is in numerous collections and exhibitions.