After a year of virtual events we are ready to celebrate in person at a new venue: Ogren Park Allegiance Field!
We’ll be gathering outdoors for a special night to support and celebrate MNHC’s 30 years of connecting people with nature.

Please join us for an evening of: 

Live entertainment 
Live art demonstrations
Silent and live auctions
Exciting raffle prizes
Delicious locally sourced food and drinks
Connecting with fellow nature lovers

Bid on unique handcrafted items, exciting travel packages, original artwork, and more! All proceeds go directly to supporting our nature education programs.

Don’t wait! Space is limited and you don’t want to miss the chance to celebrate and connect with your fellow nature lovers. 

Your ticket includes a delicious dinner and dessert.
Early Bird Tickets (until August 5): $50
Regular Tickets: $60*
Table: $500
We seat up to 10 guests per table and you are more than welcome to purchase a whole table.

Please RSVP by August 25*
*Ticket price increases to $70 on August 26

You will be required to set up an account before finalizing your ticket purchase.
Step 1: Click on the Get Tickets Button.
Step 2:  “Buy Tickets”  Select ticket type and follow instructions to enter your attendee information.
Step 3: “Review & Checkout” Click “sign up” to request an account.  Past accounts did not roll over and you will have to set up a new account this year.
Step 4: Open the email from MNHC Auction via ReadySetAuction. Please follow the instructions in that email to create your account and finalize your ticket purchase. If you don’t receive the email within a few minutes, please check your spam folder.
Step 5: Complete payment. You’ll have the option at this time to save your credit card information. We strongly suggest you save your information here so you don’t have to provide it again when checking in on September 18.

Questions or to purchase tickets by phone, call 406.327.0405 or email

All ticket proceeds go directly to supporting our nature education programs. 

We’re celebrating 30 years of connecting people with nature!

5:00 – 6:00 – Welcome and Check in. Happy Hour with Appetizers, Wine and Local Beers. Silent Auction, and Raffles Begin. Live Artist Demonstrations

6:00 – 6:45 – Dinner Served, Silent Auction and Live Artist Demonstrations continue. 

6:45 – Silent Auction Closes

7:00 – Dessert Served at Tables.  Welcome Remarks

7:15 – Live Auction Begins

8:55 – Raffle Drawings 

9:00 – Event Concludes 

Bidding Starts: Saturday, September 8th, at 7:00 a.m.

Bidding Ends: Saturday, September 18th at 6:45 p.m.

Our 2021 Montana Natural History Center Online Auction brings you unique handcrafted items, artwork, exciting Montana adventures, and so much more.  All bidding will be done online through the ReadySetAuction platform.

You can preview and bid on all of the silent auction items from the privacy of your own home. All this year’s amazing items will be on display the night of the auction, and staff and volunteers are looking forward to helping you with your bidding.

You’ll need to register to participate in the online auction, so why not do it now? It’s free to register! Just click “Sign in” and then “Request Account” in the upper right-hand corner on our online auction page!

Confused about how to bid? Check out our Bidder Tip Sheet.

If you aren’t interested in any of the items in the online auction or you get outbid and you would still like to support MNHC, you can make a donation to our FUND A DREAM. DONATE TODAY!

Auction items can be picked up at the Banquet and Auction on September 18 or at the Montana Natural History Center after September 20 during our regular hours.

If you are not in Missoula, Montana, to pick up your auction item, you are responsible for shipping costs.

MNHC will provide a tax receipt for the amount paid above fair market value. 

In addition to the online auction, we will be holding a live auction on September 18. 

We are thrilled to have Katie Cashman Fitzsimmons join us as our auctioneer again this year. Katie was so much fun at our 2019 auction and we can’t wait to have her back!

Katie Cashman Fitzsimmons is exactly one half of The Cashman Auctionisters, the auctioneering sisters. Her partner in crime is her younger sister Missy. After attending the Missouri Auction School together, Katie and Missy started auctioneering for charities, non-profits, organizations, and causes in 2016. Since then, they have raised over $3,000,000; allowing those groups to further the good work they each do for their communities.

Katie works as the Director for Student Affairs for the North Dakota University System as her day job and her real fulltime gig is wife to her firefighting husband Owen and mom to their three young kids, Maggie, Connor, and Tommy. Katie loves playing cards, long walks paired with a podcast, baking, and spending time with her family when she’s not raising money. Katie resides in Bismarck, North Dakota.

We have some incredible live auction items for your bidding enjoyment! You – yes, YOU – can win the items you want and/or need by bidding generously. Remember, all proceeds benefit MNHC’s mission to connect people of all ages with nature.


Auction item descriptions coming soon!


We accept bids by proxy for live auction and Fund a Dream. Email for details.



Make your FUND A DREAM donation now!

Donations made to Fund a Dream directly support our Visiting Naturalist in the Schools (VNS) ProgramYour donation supports our VNS team in developing a flexible program that provides MNHC’s quality, hands-on, nature-based learning to 1,700+ kids statewide every single month of the school year. 

Can I buy a whole table?
Yes! We seat up to 10 guests per table and you are more than welcome to purchase a whole table. You can find this option under “Buy Sponsorships” HERE.

I have trouble walking on uneven ground. Will the event be accessible to me?
The full event will take place on the concourse and party deck areas of the Ogren Park Allegiance Field.  These areas are paved and all one level.

How do I participate in your online auction?
Bidding will open on Wednesday, September 8. When you purchase a ticket for the Annual Banquet and Auction you will receive an email with instructions to create your bidding account.

Can I bid on the online auction without buying a ticket for the Banquet and Auction?
Yes, simply click here to ‘Request an Account’ and start bidding on September 8!

Will the online auction items be on display at the Banquet and Auction?
Yes! While the bidding is online, the items will be on display for you to see in person at the event.

How do I get my auction winnings? 
Auction items can be taken home from the Banquet and Auction on Septmember 18. If you are not present at the event, items can be picked up at the Montana Natural History Center during our open hours. If you are not in Missoula, Montana, to pick up your auction item, you are responsible for shipping costs.

Do you have any tips for online bidding?
We want to help you be successful in your bidding.  Take a look at our Bidder Tip Sheet, and if you still have questions, please email or call and we’ll be happy to walk you through the process.


Still have questions?
Please contact or call 406.327.0405.