We depend on volunteers to help us run quality programs for the community. We accept volunteers of all ages and abilities, and are adept at working with volunteers’ busy schedules. Whether you’re interested in teaching children about nature, assisting with our auction, filling in at our front desk, greeting visitors at Evening Lectures, or working in our native plant garden, we have an opportunity for you!
If you’d like to become a volunteer, please fill out the form under the “Volunteer Application” tab. Or just stop by and visit us!
April Volunteer Opportunities
Visiting Naturalists in the Schools: Most school days in April
In April, we have our second lesson on birds. This month focuses on birds’ beaks and how they’re adapted for eating specific types of food. We need volunteers to assist our staff naturalists in the classroom while they teach kids about several different types of beaks and the food they’re adapted to eat.
To sign up for a class, get the lesson plans, or for more information, please contact Stephanie at 406-327-0405.
VNS Spring Field Trip Training
Wednesday, April 19, 4:00-5:30 p.m.@ Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden
In May, we take our 4th and 5th grade VNS students outside for a full-day field trip, and we depend upon volunteers to help! We’ll run three stations: Wildlife Hike, Solo Hike, and Insects. At the training, we’ll review the stations, discuss behavior management, answer questions, and we’ll give you a chance to sign up for a field trip (or three!). This is a wonderful way to get outside in the lovely spring weather AND teach kids about nature. Field Trips start April 26th! If you can’t attend the 4/19 training, you’ll have the opportunity to see the schedule and sign up via email or phone after the training occurs. Please RVSP to Stephanie at 406-327-0405.
miniNaturalists Pre-K Program
Thursdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Help miniNaturalists with crafts, science activities, and games. April’s theme is BIRDS!
For more information or to sign up, contact Christine at 406-327-0405.
Evening Program Assistance
Wednesday, April 5th, 6:45-9:00 p.m. Sip and Sketch – Bugs with Nancy Seiler
Wednesday, April 12, 6:45-8:45 p.m. Naturalist Trivia Night
We need a volunteer or two who can help set up, greet folks, take donations, and greet latecomers at the front doors. For more information or to sign up, contact Christine at 406-327-0405.
Go Birding with Clark Fork School Teachers
Saturday, April 8, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Are you a birder? On Saturday, April 8, MNHC will be taking teachers from the Clark Fork School to Council Grove to bird from 11:00 a.m-1:30 p.m. We would like to split the large group into smaller groups, each led by a bird-savvy guide. Contact Christine
at 406-327-0405 for more information.
Get MNHC’s Grounds Ready for Summer!
Thursday, April 13, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
We are holding a garden work party to help get the Nature Adventure Garden and the other native plant areas around MNHC’s building ready for warmer weather. Join us to help with weeding, mulching, and other small garden projects. Kids are welcome to come along and play (or help!) in the Nature Adventure Garden. For more information or to sign up, contact Stephanie at 406-327-0405.
Help Sussex Students Spruce up the Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden!
Friday, April 14, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
We have a class of Sussex School students coming to help at the Native Plant Garden for their Ecothon, and could use some volunteers to assist and direct the kids in their weeding and mulching projects. For more information or to sing up, contact Christine at 406-327-0405.
Saturday Kids’ Activity Assistance:
Our Wild RaptorsSaturday, April 15, 1:45-3:00 p.m.
Help families and kids with art and science projects. For more information or to sign up, contact Christine at 406-327-0405.
Naturalist Walk for International Wildlife Film Festival Filmmakers and Coordinators
Tuesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 20 8:30-11:00 a.m.
We could use a few volunteers to assist with the interpretation of flora and fauna along the trail during this hike on the river trail or in Pattee Canyon. For more information or to sign up, contact Stephanie at 406-327-0405.
Women’s Luncheon Volunteers Needed
Thursday, May 18, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
We are looking for a few volunteers to assist with the fifth annual Women’s Luncheon to Support the Summer Outdoor Discovery Camp Scholarship Fund. We need 3-5 volunteers to assist with serving food and drink on May 18th from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This is similar to assisting with our auction, but on a smaller scale–it’s a fun, festive spring event and it supports a great cause: summer campers in need! The last four years have been fantastic, and we’re really looking forward to our fifth one! If you are interested in helping out, please contact Stephanie at 406-327-0405.
Bus helper wanted!
We are still searching for a volunteer or two to help with regular maintenance and upkeep of our three small buses. If you are handy and want a flexible volunteer role, this might be the position for you! If you have questions or want to sign up, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help with Basic Construction Projects
There are a number of small construction projects around MNHC that we could use a handy volunteer to help with. If you are interested in helping with projects like building floating shelves and boxes for our touch tables, or in being on our “on-call” list of handy-person volunteers for when things come up, please contact Stephanie at 406-327-0405.
Stay tuned for more volunteer opportunities!
Want to work with kids? Want to lead natural history field trips? Or would you prefer to write a Field Note or help in the Garden? Here are all the great ways to get involved!
Bring natural history to local 4th-5th grade school kids as a specially trained Volunteer Naturalist for the Visiting Naturalist in the Schools Program.
Saturday Kids’ Activities, miniNaturalists 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!), miniNaturalists program on Thursday mornings from 10-11, or help with school class visits during the week.
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 Wild Fest and KidsFest are exciting ways to engage families in MNHC activities. Other events include and are not limited to the Farmer’s Market, Missoula MADE fair, Kids Fair at Southgate Mall, Out to Lunch, University tabling and recruitment, and Missoula Children & Nature Network programs.
Native Plant Garden at Fort Missoula
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. In June, July and August we have weekly volunteer afternoons on Thursdays from 4-6pm.
Research and write ~600 word natural history essays for our Field Notes radio program aired weekly on Montana Public Radio.
Nature Discovery Traveling Trunk Maintenance
Assist in keeping our Traveling Trunks well-stocked and ready for use by our local schools.
Help the Montana Natural History Center with answering phones, greeting visitors, assisting with sales and memberships, and registration for MNHC’s exciting programs.
Help us prepare for our largest fundraising event of the year! Each summer, we need 6-8 volunteers to solicit silent auction items from local businesses. We also need ~25 volunteers to assist on the night of the event (usually from 4-10pm on a Friday or Saturday in early October), checking attendees in and out, selling raffle tickets, displaying live auction items, and more.
Ralph Lee Allen Environmental Education Library
Help the Montana Natural History Center with ongoing maintenance and upkeep of our collection of field guides, children’s nature books, a wide variety of nature writing, and environmental educational resources. Our library is also a cozy, quiet place to spend an hour or two curled up reading!
Exhibits Construction & Maintenance
Give us a hand with maintaining both the exhibits at our Center and our traveling displays. Handy with tools? If so, we need your carpentry skills.
We accept volunteers of all ages and abilities. No matter what your interests, we have an opportunity that will fit you! If you’d like to volunteer, please begin by filling out our volunteer application form.
March 2017 Volunteer of the Month:
Jack is a new volunteer with the Visiting Naturalist in the Schools program this year, and we are so glad to have him as part of the team! Jack has been a frequent and consistent volunteer for the last several months, and we are lucky to have him. He brings a kind and compassionate spirit into the classroom and is especially helpful when working with students in small groups. He is always willing to share his own background knowledge and make sure the kids are as engaged as possible with the lesson.
Thank you, Jack!
Click HERE to read about other great volunteers and how they’ve gotten involved with MNHC.