Naturalist Field Day

Build your skills identifying local insects and strengthen your understanding of insect anatomy and biology. Pest management specialist for the DNRC and entomologist Amy Gannon with entomologist Tracy Dahl lead this comprehensive full-day class on entomology.

summer2013 048We will begin in the classroom covering basic essential background information. A combination of lecture and lab time will familiarize students with insect anatomy and provide practice using a dichotomous key. Review or learn the different mouth parts of insects, life stages, and common orders. The majority of the day will be spent in the field focusing on forest insects. Use nets and collection boxes to catch and identify insects of our local forests. We will bring specimens back to the lab for an optional practice of pinning for scientific and educational collections.

What to Bring:

  • Lunch, water, snacks, hiking/walking shoes, clothes appropriate for the weather, and a journal.

To register, please call 327-0405. Space is limited. Full payment due upon registration.


Date: Saturday, August 16th

Time: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Location: The Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St., travel to field sites in the MNHC bus.

Cost: $80/$70 MNHC members. Some scholarships are available, please call for details. 5 OPI credits available for teachers.

 For more information about Naturalist Field Days and a course schedule, please visit our

 Master Naturalist page.