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Beginning Family Birdwatching 2-Part Class

October 29, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

$35 – $40

Dates & Times: October 26th 6:00-7:30 p.m. & October 29th 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Location: October 26th is at MNHC and October 29th is at Council Grove

Cost: $35/MNHC member families, $40/non-member families.

You can add an MNHC membership at checkout.

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This course is for families with children aged 9 and up.

Description:  Missoula is home to dozens of bird species, many of which are found in our own backyards. In this class you and your child (10+ years) will work with a Master Naturalist to identify 20 species of common birds by sight and by song. This is a 2-part class. The first session is in the classroom where you will learn birdwatching basics using a variety of techniques including Bird Bingo. The second session will be in the field birding together! Binoculars are available to borrow.

Bio for Elena (Instructor): Elena Ulev is a Master Naturalist and Certified Interpretive Guide with over 30 years of experience conducting bird surveys and birding for fun. She is an avid eBirder, logging 180 species in Missoula County to date. Elena uses a variety of techniques to help all ages and experience levels learn how to identify birds by sight and by sound.


What to Bring:

  • snacks, water
  • clothes for changing Montana weather conditions
  • writing implement and journal (optional, though handy)

COVID Precautions:

  • small class limited to 12 students
  • masks may be required or recommended indoors depending on CDC guidelines and Missoula numbers
  • vaccinated MNHC staff and instructors


What’s the refund policy?

The course fee is refundable if a cancellation is made up to 7 days before the event. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after this deadline. In light of changes to programming due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Montana Natural History Center will make exceptions to its normal refund policy. These exceptions are as follows:

Any programs cancelled by the Montana Natural History Center are eligible for a full refund.

In the event a program fee can be rolled over to a following cycle or year, that offer will be made available to the paying program participant, and a spot will be reserved for the participant.

If a program is cancelled by a participant due to reasonable health and safety concerns from exposure risk to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Montana Natural History Center will issue a full refund.

If any participant experiences major illness, injury, or loss of a family member prior to the start of a registered program the participant is eligible for a full refund.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Nope! We will have a list of all the attendees.