Can We Go To a Museum?

by Lisa Bickell, Education Director We drove into Portland, OR, at 3:30 on a Friday, a couple of years ago. We were taking a long weekend to get out of Missoula and see some friends. It was a bit too early for dinner but too late to do much of anything else. And then...

Maybe All We Need

by Ser Anderson, Visiting Naturalist in the Schools Field Trip Instructor 10.8.2018 Kelly Island Cottonwood leaves crunch beneath my boots as I walk between the students I have spread out at stations along this short section of trail.  One of them is reading about...

Avian Adaptations

By Rosie Costain, VNS Volunteer March’s Visiting Naturalist in the Schools lesson was all about feathers. Fourth and fifth graders learned how to identify feathers based on their shape and determined each feather’s function, whether it was the warmth of downy feathers...

Connecting Kids with Nature…and Connecting with Kids

by Rosie Costain, MNHC Volunteer The first time I volunteered with the Visiting Naturalist in the Schools (VNS) program, I found myself dumbfounded by the information a group of 4th graders knew off the top of their heads. January was about identifying skulls. When...

Ice Ribbons

By Kelly Dix, MNHC Volunteer Last Thanksgiving we took a trip to New Mexico. We were hiking in the Sandia Mountains in the late morning on a north-facing slope. It was a clear and crisp day and had gotten quite cold overnight. We approached some low-lying plants that...