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Chasing the Perfect Photograph by Rob Gappert

Friday, August 29th, 2014
First Friday Gallery Opening

The Montana Natural History Center is pleased to present a First Friday Gallery Opening for photographer and Master Naturalist Rob Gappert.

‘Chasing the Perfect Photograph’

rob gappertThe Montana Natural History Center is proud to present a Gallery Opening for photographer and Master Naturalist Rob Gappert. Is it possible to capture all of Montana’s beauty in a single image? This exhibition is a collection of pictures Rob has taken on his journey to get that perfect photograph.

Opening on First Friday September 5th, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The show may be seen throughout the months of September & October.

Date: Friday, September 5th

Time: 4:30-6:30 pm

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.


Nature Printmaking

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Native Plant Garden Program

anotherprintUse tree cookies, leaves, grasses and natural materials from the garden to make a variety of monotype prints. This art form combines the detail of science with the spontaneity of art.  We will experiment with gelatin prints and foilography in addition to inking the object. The garden if full of beautiful forms to make into nature art. Create calendars, cards, and art prints.

Date: Thursday, September 11th

Time: 4:00-6:00 pm

Location: Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden, near the water tower at the Fort

Cost: $5 for materials




miniNaturalist Pre-K Summer Program

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

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.

Our summer-time version of the miniNaturalist Pre-K Program is held at three different community parks in Missoula. Each month we visit a park and spend time exploring the wild spots we find. Catch bugs with nets, paint with water colors, look under rocks and play games every first and third Thursday.

photo 2Date: Thursdays, August 7th & 21st

Time: 10:00-11:00 am

Location: Franklin Park in August

Admission: $3/$1 MNHC members, adults free

The miniNaturalist Pre-K Program will meet at the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St., September-May for the academic year.

Mineral Mysteries of Lewis and Clark

Friday, December 26th, 2003
Friday Discovery Day

landcMeriwether Lewis is  believed to have  collected hundreds of mineral   specimens during the expedition—yet only a handful survive.  What happened to these treasures and why? After Dr. Doug Klieger’s elucidating lecture we will carpool to a site on the Blackfoot river near Lincoln to collect jasper and learn about belt rocks.This site is on the banks of a fast moving river. Children 10 and up only. 

Date: Friday, September 19th                  

Time: 10:00 am– 4:00 pm                                

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.                            

Cost: $10/$5 MNHC members, Hellgate Gem & Mineral Society members free.

Please call 327-0405 to register.


Soup and Spud Fest 2014!

Wednesday, December 24th, 2003
 Native Plant Garden Program

Come celebrate the beautiful weather and end-of-summer atmosphere at the Native Plant Gardens! Enjoy a variety of soups, baked potatoes with fixin’s, drinks, a bonfire, and garden tours.

Bring your friends! Meet new people! Relax, eat, drink, and enjoy the outdoors at the Gardens!

Kids welcome- We have a sand tracking pit, giant hollow log, plenty of hidden trails and fort building materials.

Date: Thursday, September 25th

Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: Fort Missoula Native Plant Gardens; under the big silver water tower

Cost: $5 for food and drinks

baked potato


Crystals and Gems

Monday, December 22nd, 2003
Saturday Kids Activity

mexico mine crystalsDig for crystals, make edible crystals, find out where the largest crystals in the world grow, and more! You will use microscopes to examine common crystals found in every home and those that come from the earth here in  Montana. Every kid will go home with a crystal or gem to start their own collection.

Date: Saturday, September 27th

Time: 2:00- 3:00 p.m.

Location: The Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Admission: $3/$1 MNHC members. Adults free. Best for ages 5 and up.


Classic Tour: Glacial Lake Missoula

Saturday, December 20th, 2003
Discovery Day with the Glacial Lake Missoula Chapter

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Join the knowledgeable members of the Glacial Lake Missoula Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute for a bus tour of the classic sites of Glacial Lake Missoula evidence in Missoula and Sanders counties.

Travel from Missoula into the Mission valley, along the Flathead river, over to Markle Pass, back through Plains to Perma and then home on this comprehensive tour.

Sites of interest include:

Lake lines, Camas Prairie ripple marks, gulch fills and scours, the white cliffs of the Flathead river, Rainbow Lake kolk, and the curious forms of lake sediment ‘badlands’.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about our local Glacial Lake Missoula features.

Date: Sunday, October 12th

Time: 9:00-5:00 pm

Location: meet at the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Cost: $45/$35 GLM members. Lunch included.

Please call 406-327-0405 to register.

Batty for Bats!

Wednesday, December 17th, 2003
Saturday Kids Activity

bat215 species of bats spend time in Montana. Perhaps you have seen the little brown myotis flying at dusk? Find out which bat has polka dot spotted fur  and which one chases its prey by walking on its wrists. See a real bat skeleton, learn what our MT bats eat and where they live, and make some bat masks for Halloween. Free bat poster for every kid!

Date: Saturday, October 25th

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Cost: $3/$1 MNHC members; adults free. costumes welcome!


‘Strange Birds’ by Melissa Madsen

Saturday, December 13th, 2003
Gallery Opening


Melissa Madsen’s  exhibit of collages printed on canvas  provides a playful and imaginative  perspective on birds. Melissa’s work can be seen on traffic boxes in town and on the walls of our own kids’ room.

First Friday Gallery Opening: November 7th                   

Time: 4:30-6:30 pm                            

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.                                  

‘Strange Birds’ will be up through mid December.


Naturalist Trivia Night

Wednesday, December 10th, 2003
Secret Science Night

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Show off your nature knowledge during MNHC’s  Naturalist Trivia Night! Come as a team or join up with others when you arrive. Teams can consist of 1- 10 people.  Show off your skills or learn new facts. Categories could include ‘Name that Bird Song’, ‘Montana Geology’, ”Track ID’ and any other natural history topic we can think up.

Date: Wednesday, November 19

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Admission: $4 suggested donation, MNHC members free. BYOB and snacks. We will have tea and cocoa.