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Montana Natural History Center

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August 2018

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

Saturday Kids’ Activity: Wonderful Bird Wings

September 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free with admission

Wonderful Bird Wings Explore the majesty of bird wings through specimens, activities, and art. The Montana Natural History Center has a large collection of wings to examine, from the very small (hummingbird) to the very large (great blue heron). Learn how different bird wings function to provide soaring, silent flight, speed, and hovering. You will have a chance to actually flap wings and feel their lift, examine them under a microscope, see their skeletal structure, and design your bird based…

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Gallery Show: Kalon Baughan- Trail Camera Photography

September 7 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free

Trail Camera Photography: Blending Photography and Art with Science View beautiful trail camera photographs and video during the First Friday Gallery Opening. Kalon Baughan lives in rural Montana and has made a career in fine art for the past 30 years. Working with oils, graphite, charcoal, and his camera he strives to capture the allure of wild animals in their natural environments. He also uses his photography and naturalist skills to support wildlife conservation by deploying remotely triggered trail cameras…

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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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Saturday Kids’ Activity: Wonderful Bird Wings

September 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free with admission

Wonderful Bird Wings Explore the majesty of bird wings through specimens, activities, and art. The Montana Natural History Center has a large collection of wings to examine, from the very small (hummingbird) to the very large (great blue heron). Learn how different bird wings function to provide soaring, silent flight, speed, and hovering. You will have a chance to actually flap wings and feel their lift, examine them under a microscope, see their skeletal structure, and design your bird based…

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October 2018

Evening Lecture: Fire is Essential and Irrepressible in Western Forests

October 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$5

Fire is Essential and Irrepressible in Western Forests 'Numerous books and commentaries have described the century-long evolution of forest fire policy in the United States. However, rarely have these accounts focused on one of the seminal factors that provoked a transformation in policy and fire-control policy- namely, expanding knowledge of fire ecology." - Stephen F. Arno Retired research forester with the U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station Stephen F. Arno will share information about fire ecology and fire policy in the…

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Community Discovery Day: Writing and Drawing Nature

October 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$25 – $30

Writing and Drawing Nature with Peggy Christian and Nancy Seiler Immerse yourself in all six senses, deepening your connection to the natural world through writing and drawing. We’ll start outside with Peggy Christian guiding you on how to connect deeply to a place. She will give you tips on how to expand your descriptive vocabulary and how to express those words on paper. After choosing a natural object from outside, you’ll return to the classroom where Nancy Seiler will show…

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Saturday Kids’ Activity: Mystical Creatures!

October 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free with admission

Mystical Creatures! For this spooky season we are featuring our favorite mystical, cryptozoological creatures: Bessie the Flathead Lake monster, bigfoot, swamp things, unicorns, ghost deer, and more. During this family friendly program you will learn about these fantasy creatures and enjoy using your imagination! Hunt for bigfoot tracks around the Montana Natural History Center, make your own unicorn horn and mane, practice rolling a hoop snake, and make a field-guide page for a mermaid. You won't want to miss this…

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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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Sip and Sketch: Abstract Bones- White on Black

October 17 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$25 – $30

Sip and Sketch: Abstract Bones- White Watercolor on Black Surface with Nancy Seiler Using wildlife bones as reference, take shapes from nature to create an abstract composition with white watercolor on a black surface. Learn to see negative space and how to combine these shapes to create an interesting piece of nature art. Nancy will explain tips and techniques as you work to guide your painting process. Ticket cost includes all materials and two glasses of wine per session. Nancy…

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Evening Program: Naturalist Trivia Night!

October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5

Join us for the first 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. There are usually 4 rounds of questions, frequently on a common theme. Some rounds are verbal, others visual or even auditory (guess that sound!). Two hours…

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Saturday Kids’ Activity: Mystical Creatures!

October 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free with admission

Mystical Creatures! For this spooky season we are featuring our favorite mystical, cryptozooloical creatures: Bessie the Flathead Lake monster, bigfoot, swamp things, unicorns, ghost deer, and more. During this family friendly program you will learn about these fantasy creatures and enjoy using your imagination! Hunt for bigfoot tracks around the Montana Natural History Center, make your own unicorn horn and mane, practice rolling a hoop snake, and make a field-guide page for a mermaid. You won't want to miss this…

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November 2018

Gallery Show: John Ashley, ‘Night Shift: Montana’s Nocturnal Animals’

November 2 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free

Night Shift: Montana's Nocturnal Animals As you fall asleep each night, many of Montana's native animals and insects are just waking up and getting active. Black-footed ferrets yawn and resume their search for food, bats go for a drink before hunting mosquitoes and moths, and moths follow pheromone gradients upwind to find  mate and specific egg-laying sites. There's a lot going on outside while you're tucked in, and natural darkness is vital to the success of our native, nocturnal neighbors.…

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Saturday Kids’ Activity: Track Detective

November 3 @ 2:00 am - 3:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free with admission

Track Detective Be a track detective as you learn how to identify the prints animals leave behind. You will learn about gait- the way animals walk, stride- the distance between tracks, and features in the paw or hoof that provide clues. Practice following tracks around the exhibit hall and see the casts made from real tracks. How big is a grizzly bear track compared to your hand? From track identification to art projects and touchable specimens, this program is engaging…

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Saturday Kids’ Activity: Track Detective

November 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free with admission

Track Detective Be a track detective as you learn how to identify the prints animals leave behind. You will learn about gait- the way animals walk, stride- the distance between tracks, and features in the paw or hoof that provide clues. Practice following tracks around the exhibit hall and see the casts made from real tracks. How big is a grizzly bear track compared to your hand? From track identification to art projects and touchable specimens, this program is engaging…

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Evening Program: Holiday Wreath Class

November 28 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$25 – $30

Make a beautiful holiday wreath out of local conifer boughs. We will show you how to create the frame, attach greenery, and add decorations. You will create a beautiful and fragrant hand-made wreath to hang on your door or give as a gift. As you work, learn how to identify our local and landscaped conifers by their needles and cones. Your ticket includes all the materials for making one large wreath, decorations including ribbon for the wreath, two glasses of…

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December 2018

Saturday Kids’ Activity: Wild Gift Workshop- Nature Illustration

December 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free with admission

Wild Gift Workshop: Nature Illustration Spend the afternoon making a special gift during our Wild Gift Workshop. This year we will be teaching you the basics of nature illustration so you can create a life-like drawing with watercolor detail. Starting with a drawing warm-up and following with quick sketching exercises will get your hand and eye ready to observe and draw. Then you will be able to work from a specimen to make the outline and details in pencil and…

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Saturday Kids’ Activity: Wild Gift Workshop- Nature Illustration

December 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free with admission

Wild Gift Workshop: Nature Illustration Spend the afternoon making a special gift during our Wild Gift Workshop. This year we will be teaching you the basics of nature illustration so you can create a life-like drawing with watercolor detail. Starting with a drawing warm-up and following with quick sketching exercises will get your hand and eye ready to observe and draw. Then you will be able to work from a specimen to make the outline and details in pencil and…

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Evening Program: Naturalist Trivia Night!

December 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$5

Join us for Naturalist Trivia Night! 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. There are usually 4 rounds of questions, frequently on a common theme. Some rounds are verbal, others visual or even auditory (guess that sound!). Two hours later one team will be…

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