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Working Dogs for Conservation

April 14, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$5 – $10
Come learn what the field of conservation detection dogs is all about!

Date: April 14
Time: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Location: Montana Natural History Center (Ellen Knight Room)


Join us for an evening with Working Dogs for Conservation! WD4C uses a novel approach to gathering scientific data. Their conservation detection dogs collect data without trapping animals, taking blood, or other potentially invasive practices. Dogs used in this way are almost inherently low-impact for the species being studied, and provide scientists with a new way to tread lightly on the landscape while gaining important information about poaching, invasive species, and more!

Presenter and Canine Field Specialist, Paige Smith, has been with WD4C for almost a year now. In her time she has worked on multiple projects including black-footed ferret and kit fox out in the field. Outside of field work and detection training, Paige has an interest in canine fitness and olfactory research. During her time away from the field, Paige works on various research projects at the WD4C facility to enhance understanding of how canines can aid in conservation initiatives.

Special guest Riggs is a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois who has been training with WD4C for a few months now. Riggs had two homes before landing his final home with Canine Field Specialist Paige. Paige started training Riggs for a future in detection when he was around 1.5 years old and he is showing promise within the field! Riggs is currently training for a career in kit fox as well as other future projects. He is fun, friendly, fast, and eager to learn more. Riggs also loves to participate in various other sports but, most of all, he enjoys getting pets from everyone he meets!

Registration is required. View our cancellation/refund policy here.



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.


April 14, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$5 – $10
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