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Lichen Discovery Day with Rob Rich

October 1, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

$35 – $40

DATE: Friday, October 1
TIME: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Meet at the Crazy Canyon Trailhead in Pattee Canyon


In isolating times, lichens can inspire us with the colorful ways they weave the world together. As composite organisms made of two or three species living in partnership, lichens are pioneering, resilient, and astonishingly diverse contributors to biological diversity. They’re often small and always silent, but they shape the formation and succession of entire ecosystems. The Northern Rockies is an exceptional region to be a lichen, and you don’t have to go far to enjoy them. From gravestones to old growth forests, lichens are at work all around us, every day. This class will introduce key ways to identify and appreciate the structure, classification, and ecological roles of lichens, so please join us if you’re ready to learn more about these overlooked heroes of life!

Instructor Rob Rich is a naturalist who conducts biological inventories and offers services in writing, editing, and teaching. He has worked with conservation nonprofits and field-based projects since 2010, and he has published with Earth Island Journal, High Country News, Sierra, and others. Rob is certified through the Montana Master Naturalist and Cybertracker Conservation Wildlife Track & Sign programs, and he holds graduate degrees in natural resources and writing. Drawing on his particular expertise with North America’s water-storing, habitat-diversifying keystone species, Rob coordinates the Montana Beaver Working Group with the National Wildlife Federation.

What to Bring:

  • Clothes appropriate for changing Montana weather conditions – raincoat, hat, good walking shoes, sunscreen, etc.
  • Water/snacks
  • Mask
  • Journal or paper and pen/pencil and/or any other writing or drawing tools you like
  • Hand lens if you have one (we will have plenty to borrow)

Cost: $35 MNHC members / $40 non-members
You can add an MNHC membership at checkout.

This class is open to only 12 participants.


What’s the refund policy?
What’s the refund policy?
The course fee (minus a 25% administrative 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. This ticket is non-transferable to other programs or events. See our full refund/cancellation policy here.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Nope! We will have a list of all the attendees.


October 1, 2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am
$35 – $40
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Montana Natural History Center
120 Hickory St.
Missoula, MT 59801 United States