The Montana Natural History Center relies upon volunteers to achieve our mission of promoting and cultivating the understanding, appreciation and stewardship of nature through education. We are always looking for good, dedicated volunteers to help us with our numerous programs, and we celebrate the success of MNHC through many years of volunteerism expertise.
If interested, please fill out our Volunteer Application and send it to Allison De Jong, Volunteer Coordinator, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to
Montana Natural History Center
120 Hickory St.
Missoula, MT 59801
Click HERE to see this month’s volunteer opportunities.
Click HERE to read about some of our great volunteers and how they’ve gotten involved at MNHC.
There are many ways to get involved! Here are just a few:
- Volunteer Naturalist
Bring natural history to local 3rd-5th grade school kids as a specially trained Volunteer Naturalist for the Visiting Naturalist in the Schools Program.
- Saturday Kids’ Activities and Center Visits Volunteer
During the school year, assist our staff naturalists in running our Saturday Kids’ Activities on the weekends (on topics from birds to bugs to space, and more!), or help with school class visits during the week.
- Summer Volunteer
Help out with our Summer Science Day Camps – a fun and fantastic opportunity to gain experience working with kids in the outdoor classroom, where No Child is Left Inside. Assist staff with activities, or create your own lesson and activity on a natural history topic that interests you. This is also a great opportunity for young people aged 14-17 to participate in our Leaders in Training program.
- Outreach and Special Events
Annual events such as RiverFest and KidsFest are exciting ways to engage families in MNHC activities. Other events include and are not limited to the Farmer’s Market, Osprey home games, KidsFair at Southgate Mall, Out to Lunch, University tabling and recruitment, River Awareness Day at the Clark Fork People’s Market, International Wildlife Film Festival WildFest, and Missoula Children & Nature Network programs.
- Field Notes/Field Notes for Kids
Research and write Field Notes radio programs aired weekly on Montana Public Radio.
- Exhibits Construction & Maintenance
Give us a hand with maintaining both the Exhibits at the Discovery Center and our traveling displays. Handy with tools? If so, we need your carpentry skills.
- Nature Adventure Garden & Missoula Restoration Volunteers
Do you have a green thumb or just love to pull weeds? We could use your help! Work in our native plant garden and learn about Montana’s native prairie grasslands, or help with Garden education activities. There are opportunities available for other native plant gardens in Missoula, too. Or help restore trails, transplant native plants, and reseed old logging roads with the Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV).Browse upcoming WRV projects >>
- Nature Discovery Traveling Trunk Maintenance
Assist in keeping our Traveling Trunks well-stocked and ready for use by our local schools.
- Volunteer Receptionist
Help the Montana Natural History Center with answering phones, greeting visitors, assisting with sales and memberships, and registration for MNHC’s exciting programs.
- Development Assistance
Help the Montana Natural History Center with various administrative tasks in development.
- Ralph Lee Allen Environmental Education Library
Help the Montana Natural History Center with ongoing maintenance and upkeep of this valuable teaching resource.