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Montana Natural History Center

http://www.montananaturalist.org

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May 2018

SOLD OUT! Sip and Sketch: Feathers with Nancy Seiler

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$25 - $30
feathers in nature journal - Nancy Seiler

This event is SOLD OUT! Call us at 327.0405 if you want to be added to the waitlist. Observe, draw, and paint feathers from MNHC's specimen collection! Nancy will provide an introductory framework for the process and assist with tips and tricks throughout the evening. No experience is needed! Ticket cost includes all materials and two glasses of wine per session. Nancy Seiler is a certified Golden Artist Educator. She teachers workshops from her studio in Missoula and abroad. Her work…

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The Glacial Lake Missoula Chapter’s Spring Fling!

May 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$4
Glacial Lake Missoula

Evening Program The Missoula Floods were BIG, but how OLD were they? Jorie Clark, co-author of a recent paper on the dating of late Pleistocene megafloods, will share her research at the Glacial Lake Missoula Chapter's annual Spring Fling. Discover fascinating facts about the causes of Glacial Lake Missoula and Lake Columbia's floods as well as the clues scientists used to put all the pieces together. You will also be able to learn about the Glacial Lake Missoula Chapter and…

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Community Discovery Day: Birding at the Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden

May 31 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden, 404 H Road
Missoula, MT 59804 United States
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Free

Spend the afternoon birding at the Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden and learn how to enter your sightings in eBird. We will start out at the garden and walk down towards the Bitterroot river recording all the birds we see. This area is lively and lovely at this time of year. eBird is an online database of bird observations collected by citizen scientists like you. Come join in the movement! Meet at the Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden near the…

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June 2018

Naturalist Field Day: Identification and Ecology of Native Grasses

June 2 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$70 - $80

Join botanist and author Peter Lesica for a Naturalist Field Day investigating our local grasses. Using keys, guides, dissecting scopes, and ecological considerations you will become comfortable identifying grasses. Discover their often-hidden distinguishing characteristics and beauty. After covering the basics in the classroom, we will move into the field to identify grasses in their ecosystems. We'll visit several sites throughout the day, which will provide comparative study and a variety of species. What to Bring: Lunch, water, snacks, hiking shoes or…

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Drop-In Nature Hikes in Pattee Canyon

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Free
family hike outdoors

Fourth graders and their families are invited to join naturalists from the Missoula Insectarium, the Montana Natural History Center, and the Lolo National Forest for a 1-hour guided nature hike starting from the Pattee Canyon Recreation Area, Group Picnic Site. The hike will not exceed 2 miles in total length and elevation gain will be moderate. Options are available for those unable to hike the full loop trail. You can arrive anytime between 10 am and 2 pm to join a hike. Meet us at…

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Naturalist Field Weekend: Naturalist 101

June 22 - June 24
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$165 - $185

Spend three days exploring the great Montana outdoors! This beginner-level class is perfect for anyone interested in learning more about the ecology of our area and the stories and science behind our flora and fauna. Whether you are new to the subject or would like to refresh your skills, you are sure to come away with new knowledge and enviable experiences. Guided by instructors Christine Morris and Pat Jamieson, you will use the tools of a naturalist to conduct your…

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Community Discovery Day: Bioblitz at the Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden

June 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden, 404 H Road
Missoula, MT 59804 United States
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Free

Conduct citizen science at the Fort Missoula Native Plant garden during a family friendly Bioblitz. From 4:00-6:00 pm we will record all the bugs, birds, and creatures we can find. Then we will enter our data into iNatuarlist. iNaturalist is an online site built for mapping and sharing observations of biodiversity around the world. Find out how to contribute your sightings and have a great time exploring the Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden on a beautiful afternoon. Meet at the…

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August 2018

Hunting & Gathering Lecture Series: Medicinal Plants

August 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free - $10
Hunting and Gathering Lecture series - Learning to Read the Landscape

Join us for an exploration of hunting and gathering, from food and medicine to the naturalist’s habit of creating collections. Each of our six speakers will share their expertise, from identification and use of the object of the hunt to identifying the landscape or phenology clues that will help hunters and gatherers to find what they’re looking for. Elaine Sheff is a clinical herbalist and the author of several books on herbal medicine and healing, and has been passionate about…

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Naturalist Field Day: Medicinal Plants

August 18 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$70 - $80
Bee balm

Medicinal Plants with Elaine Sheff Spend the day learning about and foraging for wild medicinal plants. Elaine Sheff of the Green Path Herb School will discuss how to use the plants we find and how to ethically collect plants on your own. Discover a medicine cabinet outside your door and gain a greater knowledge of many of the plants we pass by each day. Connect to the earth and your body as you nourish heath. We will meet in the…

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September 2018

Hunting & Gathering Lecture Series: Early Mining for Flint and Gold

September 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free - $10
Hunting and Gathering Lecture series - Learning to Read the Landscape

Join us for an exploration of hunting and gathering, from food and medicine to the naturalist’s habit of creating collections. Each of our six speakers will share their expertise, from identification and use of the object of the hunt to identifying the landscape or phenology clues that will help hunters and gatherers to find what they’re looking for. Our fifth speaker is geologist and local historian Ted Antonioli. Join us for his lecture, Early Mining for Flint and Gold. The Flint Creek Valley…

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October 2018

Hunting & Gathering Lecture Series: Edible Fungi

October 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free - $10
Hunting and Gathering Lecture series - Learning to Read the Landscape

Join us for an exploration of hunting and gathering, from food and medicine to the naturalist’s habit of creating collections. Each of our six speakers will share their expertise, from identification and use of the object of the hunt to identifying the landscape or phenology clues that will help hunters and gatherers to find what they’re looking for. Our final speaker is Tim Wheeler, Lichenologist. Join us for his lecture, Edible Fungi: From Forest Floor to Fine Cuisine. Get an introduction to the basics…

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Naturalist Field Day: Lichens

October 13 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$70 - $80

Delve deep into the study of lichens and never look at your forest the same way again. Lichenologist, mycologist, and photographer Tim Wheeler leads this Naturalist Field Day on lichens. Our locality has a high diversity of lichen species in an array of beautiful forms. Learn about the ecology and biology of lichens as you become comfortable identifying common species. We will also study available fungi. We will meet at MNHC for pastries and coffee before traveling by bus to the field site:…

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