Mini Gardens: Maximizing Small Space for Natives and Edibles

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Mini Gardens: Maximizing Small Space for Natives and Edibles

Monday, December 23rd, 2002
Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden

Would you like to grow more in your small space? MNHC will show you how! Join native plant gardener Sarah Lederle at the Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden for this quick course in optimizing your resources for a beautiful native plant or veggie garden. Learn the best plants to choose, location tips, and small space techniques. Sarah has years of experience, so feel free to bring your questions and project plans.

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Date: Thursday, May 21

Time: 4:30-6:00

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

Admission: $4 suggested donation, MNHC members free.

Kids are welcome. We have areas to play and explore. Please no dogs.

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Birding by Ear

Sunday, December 22nd, 2002
Naturalist Field Day

swallowsNaturalist and expert birder, Brian Williams will help you recognize birds by their songs and calls. This field day will focus on how to train your ear to recognize differences in bird songs and develop your auditory memory. We will spend the day in the field in two different habitats practicing with a variety of bird songs. You will learn some tips and tricks while receiving quality guided time listening.

 

 

What to Bring:

  • lunch & water
  • good walking shoes/boots
  • clothes appropriate for the weather, rain jacket, hat, etc.
  • journal
  • binoculars (MNHC has pairs to borrow)

Date: Saturday, May 30th

Time: 7:30-3:30 pm

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

Cost: $80/$70 MNHC members, some scholarships available.

Registration is required. Please call 327-0405 to sign up.

5 OPI credits

 

 

 

Gallery Opening for Karen Savoy

Friday, December 20th, 2002
‘Wandering Off-Trail   ̶̶   Finding Wisdom and Strength in Nature’

savoy1The Montana Natural History Center is pleased to announce a First Friday Gallery Opening for local artist Karen Savoy. Karen’s bright whimsical painting share her love of the natural world. Her unique style radiates the joy and wonder she feels as she wanders through Montana’s wild lands. The aspens dance before her, the coyotes sing, and the wind whispers in her ear. Come and enjoy her colorful watercolor and acrylic paintings and classic block prints throughout June and July.

Date: Friday, June 5th

Time: 4:30-6:30 pm

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

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Spiral Rock Gardens

Thursday, December 19th, 2002
Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden

Learn how to create a beautiful spiral rock garden for your home, school, or local garden space. The method isn’t difficult to master and you will be rewarded with an interesting landscape feature. Sarah Lederle, native plant gardener, will discuss plant choices, construction, and maintenance. For hands-on practice, help build a spiral rock garden at the end of the program.

Date: Thursday, June 11DIY-Spiral-Herb-Garden1

Time: 4:30-6:00

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

Admission: $4 suggested donation, MNHC members free.

Kids are welcome. We have areas to play and explore. Please no dogs.

Awesome Osprey

Wednesday, December 18th, 2002
Saturday Kids Activity

the_osprey_by_stef_f_f_f-d35xcpjView osprey on their nest and in the sky with binoculars and a spotting scope! You will become an expert on the incredible features of osprey during this hour-long program. We will carefully examine a specimen at MNHC to see the hooked bill, large eyes, talons, and feet that help osprey find and feed upon fish. Then we will head outside to view osprey in the air and on their nest at the Osprey Stadium. Learn something you never knew about our iconic summer raptor.

Date: Saturday, June 20

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

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

 

Gardening for Climate Change

Wednesday, December 18th, 2002
Lecture and Tour

Attention gardeners!

You are invited to attend an informative public event about gardening, small-scale landscape restoration, and climate change.  Speakers will talk about how the changing climate is impacting our gardens and small restoration lands, give tips about how to adjust to these changes, and provide some insight about how we can reduce our carbon footprint.  Speakers will include Missoula County Extension’s Master Gardener Seth Swanson, Missoula’s Conservation Lands Manager Morgan Valliant, and National Wildlife Federation’s Dave Dittloff.  In addition, the event will include tours of the Montana Natural History Center’s and other nearby gardens.

plants and pollinatorsSponsors of the event include the Montana Natural History Center, the National Wildlife Federation, Montana Audubon, and the Alternative Energy Resources Organization.

Date: Wednesday, June 17

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Free

 

For more information, please contact Dave Dittloff at dittloffd@nwf.org or 406-214-8109.

Active Gardens for Music, Play, and Science

Tuesday, December 17th, 2002
Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden

7f106c0014d4eb86fb32b314befad1dbMNHC’s native plant gardener, Sarah Lederle and naturalist Christine Morris will guide you through the design and implementation of landscaping that promotes music, play, and science exploration. Learn how to build outdoor garden music instruments and take the opportunity to create one yourself during the program. We will also tour the native plant garden and discuss how to create natural play spaces with shrubs and landscaping features. Learn how to encourage science exploration too through the easy inclusion of items such as native bee houses and bird boxes or strategic logs and insect collecting tools.

Date: Thursday, June 25

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Boy examining bug with magnifying glass

Time: 4:30-6:00 pm

Location: Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden at the Fort

Admission: $4 suggested donation, MNHC members free

Animal Locomotion

Saturday, December 14th, 2002
Saturday Kids Activity

How fast can a hummingbird flap its wings? How far can a mountain lion leap? Visit specimens in the calliope_hummingbird_flight_9267_lrMontana Natural History Center and learn about the wonderful feats of animal locomotion. Each animal station will have a challenge for you to perform and poster prizes at the end.

Date: Saturday, July 11

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

frog-jumpLocation: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.

Admission: $3/$1 MNHC members, adults free, best for ages 5 and up.

Understanding Soil

Thursday, December 12th, 2002
Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden

SoilNGWhat is soil? How does its composition affect our Montana native plants? Sarah Lederle, native plant gardener, will discuss the defining aspects of our local soils, demonstrate how to conduct a soil test, and will help you find the best plants for the soil in your garden space.

Date: Thursday, July 16

Time: 4:30-6:00 pm

Location: Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden at the Fort

Admission: $4 suggested donation, MNHC members free

Seed Collecting

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2002
Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden

Begin your own native plant garden from seed. Native plant gardener, Sarah Lederle, will discuss the methods and ethics of native seed collecting and tips for germination. Spend time in the garden collecting seeds to suit your needs. Sarah will answer questions and help with plant identification.

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Date: Thursday, August 6

Time: 4:30-6:00 pm

Location: The Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden at the Fort

Admission: $4 suggested donation, MNHC members free

Kids welcome. Please no dogs.