Gallery Opening for John Ashley

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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



Gallery Opening for Jenah Mead

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2002

First Friday Gallery Opening

‘Fawns Have Spots and Other Observations’

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

Jenah is a wildlife biology student, artist, and educator residing in Missoula, Montana. Her beautiful paintings will up in the MNHC gallery through April.

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4:30-6:30 pm

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Suite A


“My work celebrates the blurred lines between science and art. Both disciplines devote themselves to understanding the natural world through careful observation. My oil paintings are wildlife studies, often of birds, rendered realistically on wood panel. Each piece is an intimate look into the different ways wildlife navigate their environments.”


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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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

Endangered Species Day Celebration

Tuesday, September 10th, 2002

Co-Hosted with the Endangered Species Coalition

endangered species coalitionEndangered Species Day is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting  endangered species and everyday actions they can take to help protect them.

Celebrate Endangered Species Day at MNHC by helping plant milkweed and creating a safe garden space for migrating monarchs next to the Kim Williams trail. Admission to MNHC will be free and special information will be provided about Black Footed Ferrets and Pallid Sturgeon. The evening features a lecture,’The Monarch Butterfly: Population Trends, Conservation & Your Backyard’ by Glenn Marangelo.

monarchPopulations of the iconic and beloved monarch butterfly (
Danaus plexippus) have dropped an astonishing 96.5 percent over the past few decades and they may receive protection under the Endangered Species Act in the future. 

Schedule of Events 

2:00-7:00 pm- Plant milkweed and learn about Monarchs in MNHC’s new garden

2:00-7:00 pm- Free admission to MNHC and information about Montana’s endangered spcecies

7:00-8:00 pm- ‘The Monarch Butterfly: Population Trends, Conservation & Your Backyard’ Lecture by Glenn Marangelo

All events are FREE and open to the public.


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




Monday, September 9th, 2002
Naturalist Field Day

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 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.


Flower Power

Saturday, September 7th, 2002

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


Sunday, September 1st, 2002

Naturalist Field Day

Find beauty in the science of butterflies with naturalist Brian Williams.

summer2013 037We will begin with an introduction to butterfly families and Montana’s most common species. Use visible traits to identify a butterfly to family and refine to species in your guide book. The majority of the day will be spent in the field catching butterflies with nets. We may spend the end of the day practicing pinning of specimens for educational purposes. This class is a great way to hone your skills for the July butterfly count or just more fully enjoy Montana’s species.


What to Bring: Lunch, water, snacks, hiking shoes, and clothes appropriate for the weather.

Reading Materials for the Curious:

‘Kaufman’s Field Guide to Butterflies of North America’ by Jim P. Brock and Kenn Kaufman

‘Handbook for Butterfly Watchers’ by Robert Micheal Pyle and Sarah Anne Hughes


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, June 25

Time: 8:00-4:00 pm

Location: meet at the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Travel to field sites in MNHC bus.

Cost: $80/$70 MNHC members. Some scholarships are available. Please call 327-0405 for details.