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Montana Natural History Center

http://www.montananaturalist.org

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January 2018

Saturday Kids’ Activity: Hibernation Celebration!

January 6, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
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Celebrate hibernating animals during this engaging Saturday Kids' Activity. You will learn about the various ways some Montana creatures hibernate. A frog that can freeze solid! A cozy ball of snakes underground! Bears in their lairs! From intermittent torpor to 8 month slumber these creatures cope with the worst of the winter weather by sleeping through it! Stories, crafts, and science activities will entertain the entire family. Wear your slippers if you like and sip some hot cocoa too.

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Naturalist Trivia Night!

January 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
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$5

Evening Program Get ready for another fun evening of Naturalist Trivia! You can join a team when you arrive or bring a group. Trivia Nights are a wonderful way to learn about our local natural world and are enjoyable for all backgrounds and abilities. Can you name Montana's shortest river? Or identify a robin's call? Show off your skills or take it all in. BYOB and snacks.

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Community Discovery Day: Snowshoe Hike

January 13, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

Community Discovery Day: Snowshoe Hike at Lee Creek Follow animal tracks through the woods on a snowshoe hike with a naturalist. You are sure to see something new and beautiful as we explore the winter landscape. Find out how snow levels effect the vegetation, which animals are the most active based on tracks sighted, and which creatures you might to look for at this time of year. This hike will be moderate to strenuous depending on snow depth. There will…

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February 2018

Saturday Kids’ Activity: Ice Age Animals

February 3, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
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The Montana Natural History Center has a wonderful collection of ice age animal remains. See real mammoth hair and a cave bear's jaw! During this Saturday Kids' Activity you will learn about some of our most interesting ice age mammals, create ancient-style cave art, and chip small replicas out of ice. Marked by repeated glacial advances, the Pleistocene featured mammals of incredible size and appearance. Montana was even home to a type of camel named Camelops!  

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Evening Program: Naturalist Trivia Night!

February 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
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$5

This Valentine's Day-inspired Naturalist Trivia Night has been a hit for the past two years. Featuring questions about animal reproductive behavior and anatomy, it is frequently astounding and hilarious. Join up with other naturalists when you arrive or bring your own team. BYOB and snacks. *Yes, this Trivia Night is on THURSDAY! We thought people might have other plans for Wednesday/Valentine's Day.

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March 2018

Saturday Kids’ Activity: Rockhounding!

March 3, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
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Are you a rockhound? Come learn about our local rocks and minerals and where to find them.¬†Members of the Hellgate Gem and Mineral Society will be on hand with answers to your questions, to show you the tools of the trade, and demonstrate examples of how to turn your rock finds into art or jewelry. Check out geological maps and samples of neat rocks and minerals found in Montana. There will even be a rockhounding experience where you get to…

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Evening Program: Naturalist Trivia Night Featuring the Clark Fork Coalition

March 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
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$5

Join us for a special trivia night of questions created by the Clark Fork Coalition. Learn about our watershed and its flora and fauna as you compete against other teams of rowdy naturalists. You can join a team when you arrive or bring your own group. Come to show off your skills or enjoy new information. BYOB and snacks  

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Members-Only Discovery Day: Wonderful Waterfowl at Lee Metcalf

March 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Free

Lee Metcalf wildlife refugee is the perfect place to practice your waterfowl identification skills. We may see some traveling migrants and courtship displays. This family-friendly program is enjoyable for any age. We will have binoculars and bird guides to use and several scopes available to get those extra close views. Beginning by the visitor center we will spend some time by the first couple of ponds counting the number of species we can find. We may then move on to…

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April 2018

Evening Program: Naturalist Trivia Night!

April 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
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$5

Join us for the last Naturalist Trivia Night of the season. You can bring a team or become part of one when you arrive. Naturalist Trivia Nights are a great way to learn about our local natural world. Come to show off your skills or acquire new knowledge about Montana's flora, fauna, and landscape. BYOB and snacks  

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Saturday Kids’ Activity: Beaver Lodge Boogie

April 14, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
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What is life like in a beaver lodge? Boogie down during this Saturday Kids' Activity as you learn all about beavers. They have incredible adaptations for aquatic life and provide myriad  positive impacts on the landscape as they create wetlands. Make your own mini lodge and investigate specimens. You will even find out where to look for beavers right down the river trail!

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Evening Program: Volcanoes and Climate Change

April 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
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$5

If you haven't seen Ian Lange's wonderful lecture on Volcanoes and Climate Change, now is your chance! Back by popular demand, retired University of Montana professor of geology Dr. Lange will describe the climate effects of major volcanic eruptions.¬†Questions addressed in the talk include the reasons that some volcanoes can affect world climate, and whether long-term cooling measured in decades or longer can result. In 1815 one of the largest volcanic eruption in 10,000 years occurred from the volcano Tambora…

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