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Stories in Place, Four-Part Class

January 28, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until January 28, 2021

$50 – $55

Location: Virtual Classroom through Zoom

DatesJanuary 7, 14, 21, 28

Time: 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Reflect upon a special place in your life and build a richly illustrated story board guided by instructor Angela Wells in four workshop-style classes and assignments.


Angela Mallon Wells is a naturalist, forest ecologist, and professional conservation advocate. She is a 2014 graduate of MNHC’s Glacier Master Naturalist course, served for 3 years as a member of the instructor cadre for the Forest For Every Classroom institute, and has been a contributor to Montana Naturalist magazine. She resides on a Certified Family Forest with her husband and in kids in the Nine Mile Valley west of Missoula. Her favorites include the dark-eyed junco (bird), Western larch (tree), and trail running (outdoor activity).

Class 1. Angela will introduce the concept of phenomenology – stories of place and the ways people use place to make meaning. Activities and discussion will sharpen your sensory recollections and bring out the vivid details of geography.

Class 2. This class will focus on the historical and cultural aspects of your place. Who has lived there and how was the land used or experienced? Through discussion and activities you will also begin to fill in the seasonal components of your place.

Class 3. Fill out your story board with memories of yourself and loved ones in your place, calling on details discussed in previous classes. Angela will lead you in a contemplative exercise to help draw out detailed stories.

Class 4. Share your stories. This class will occur outside (following appropriate COVID protocols – wearing a mask, 6 feet apart) if the weather permits. Otherwise, it will be done through Zoom. Everyone’s personal stories will be illustrated in a unique way – collage, photography, drawings, paintings, and more. This final class will wrap up and celebrate the work done throughout the month.

Class Pre-Work:

#1. Think of a place that has meaning to you. It could be a homesite, family land, or any land you feel deeply connected to and have spent a lot of time in.

#2. Gather some basic art supplies: a large poster board that you can draw or glue on, your preferred medium for drawing/sketching/painting or access to images and printed materials you can use to decorate your board, and scissors, glue, etc.

#3. Come with the name of your place printed on your board (maybe also a general location) but nothing else.

Cost: $50 MNHC members, $55 non-members. You can add your MNHC membership to your order when you check out.

REGISTER for Stories in Place here 

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.


January 28, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$50 – $55
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Montana Natural History Center
120 Hickory St.
Missoula, MT 59801 United States