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Montana Natural History Center

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February 2018

Naturalist Field Day: Winter Raptors

February 24 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$70 - $80

Enjoy the beauty and majesty of Montana's winter raptors while learning key identification techniques, anatomy, and behaviors. We will begin the day with an in-class orientation and a series of journaling exercises to reinforce field mark recognition. We will then head into the field to practice our skills and gain greater understanding of raptor behavior and ecology with Denver Holt of the Owl Research Institute. Ninepipes and the Mission Valley provide spectacular raptor viewing opportunities, including Rough-legged Hawks, Harriers, American Kestrels,…

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March 2018

Saturday Kids’ Activity: Rockhounding!

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

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

Join the Clark Fork Coalition and the Montana Natural History Center in celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Milltown Dam removal at March's Naturalist Trivia Night! Questions will focus on the Clark Fork watershed, Superfund cleanup, and naturalist tidbits from ten years ago. You can come with a team or join other friendly naturalists when you arrive. Come play with us and celebrate the removal of the dam and the return of two mighty rivers, flowing together freely. Ten…

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Master Naturalist Online Citizen Science Training

March 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free

Learn how to use online tools and websites to contribute to citizen science! There are a number of online data collection tools and websites conducting fascinating research that you can access. Find out how to enter backyard bird sightings in eBird, assist MPG ranch with an eagle camera, observe clouds for NASA, and much more. Online citizen science is a wonderful way to become an important part of local and global projects. If you are a Master Naturalist looking for…

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Members-Only Discovery Day: Wonderful Waterfowl at Lee Metcalf

March 10 @ 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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Hunting & Gathering Lecture Series: Hunting for the Ancient Past

March 14 @ 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 second speaker is Kallie Moore, Collections Manager at the UM Paleontology Center. Join us for her lecture, Hunting for the Ancient Past:…

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April 2018

Montana Master Naturalist Annual Statewide Meeting

April 5 @ 2:00 pm - April 6 @ 5:00 pm
Montana WILD Education Center, 2668 Broadwater Ave.
Helena, MT 59602 United States
Free
Master Naturalist field day - flowers

Location: Montana WILD Education Center, Helena, MT The Montana Master Naturalist Certification Program can expand your organization's educational impact while building and training a cohort of volunteers. The program is designed for adults who want to stoke their curiosity and deepen their knowledge of the natural world. Participants gain skills to interpret Montana's flora, fauna, and landscape. Based on the region of study, participants will explore wildlife, plants, geology, climate, and more. After engaging in at least 40 hours of instruction and…

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Evening Program: Naturalist Trivia Night!

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$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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Explore the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument

April 13 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$5
Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument

Evening Lecture The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument is a stunning area along a 149-mile stretch of the Missouri River. Rich in ecological and cultural history, the Monument is also a prime destination for outdoor recreational activities, including boating, kayaking, hunting, hiking, and camping.  Taylor Mudford of The Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument will take you on an armchair vacation to this beautiful location with an illustrated lecture. Learn about the flora, fauna, geology, history, and recreational opportunities.…

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Saturday Kids’ Activity: Beaver Lodge Boogie

April 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free with admission

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 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$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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SOLD OUT! Hunting & Gathering Lecture Series: Edible Plants

April 25 @ 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

This lecture is SOLD OUT! Note: You can call us (327.0405) and put your name on the waitlist. Also, we will inevitably have a few no-shows the night of the lecture, so show up early to get one of the limited number of tickets we'll sell at the door. 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…

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May 2018

Family Birding at Lee Metcalf

May 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Saturday Kids' Activity Everyone will have fun birding at Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge during this special Saturday Kids' Activity. Look through high-powered scopes at beautiful waterfowl, view eagles and osprey, and listen to the calls of returning song birds. We will have plenty of binoculars to practice using plus kid-friendly bird guides and activities. We will spend our time at the two ponds near the visitor center and along an easy trail. This is a great spot to explore 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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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
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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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