Skiing in Our Winter Wonderland

There are many great ways to get outside in winter, from building snowpeople in your backyard to skinning up a mountain for some backcountry skiing. For a family-friendly and relatively inexpensive way to explore wintry landscapes, cross-country skiing is a great...

Moon Dogs

by Ellie Duncan Tonight we’re staying in a primitive cabin, lit with the enticing orange and warmth of the small cast iron fireplace. We pull our toasted faces away from the hypnotic flame, determined to observe the night sky from the frozen surface of Lake Como which...

The Importance of Being Warm

Story and watercolors by Wenfei Tong        Many parents volunteer in their children’s schools and classrooms, putting in extra time and energy to help support teachers and ensure that their kids receive a good education—people with children have a strong incentive to...

Safety in Numbers (and Species): How Forest Birds Survive the Winter

by Cedar Mathers-Winn If you ask any birder or naturalist, they will probably tell you that spring is the season for watching birds. Singing, displaying, fighting and breeding—spring is a time of great activity, and it’s hard not to take notice. By comparison, winter...

Who’s Been Walking Here?

Winter is a great time to practice your tracking skills. How well do you know your Montana wildlife? Brush up on your knowledge here, and then take an amble in the snow for a real-life test! Coyote Canis latrans Tracks have four toes, with inside toes a little larger....