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Summer Master Naturalist Course

June 7, 2021 @ 9:00 am - June 11, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until June 7, 2021

$395 – $425
Montana Master Naturalists examine purply-blue camas flowers at Packer Meadows near Lolo Pass.

Our certification courses consist of at least 40 hours of instruction in a mix of lectures, in-class labs, and outdoor field trips. We’ll cover a wide breadth of topics with the goal of giving you an essential foundation of skill and knowledge on which you can build.

Monday-Friday, June 7-11, 2021 
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This is a five-day intensive course held in June each year. Class meets from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Christine Morris, Community Programs Coordinator at the Montana Natural History Center, is the primary instructor.

This class is compressed into a short window of time so we will delve deeply into three subjects. Our focus will be on learning the core skills of identification of:  1) flowers and trees, 2) birds, and 3) insects. Instruction will also include time on local geology, mammals, fire ecology, and riparian ecology.

We will spend time in the cottonwood galleries of the river’s floodplain and venture to the conifer forest on Lolo Pass. Get a handle on plant identification by recognizing patterns in form, catch and identify butterflies along the Clark Fork River, and recognize birds by song and sight.

COVID precautions: We will follow all the most current best practices concerning covid precautions during this class. We will meet outside, wear masks, and social distance. If it is not possible for us to safely take our MNHC bus, we will need to drive ourselves in our personal vehicles.


  • Call 327.0405 or click here to register online.
  • Cost: $395 for members; $425 for non-members
  • Full payment due upon registration. The course fee (minus a $100 administrative fee) is refundable ONLY if a cancellation is made 30 days before the first day of class.  No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after this deadline.
  • 2 UM credits available (pending approval). This course is listed as University of Montana ENST 391.

Learn more and register HERE.  Registration opens January 1, 2021.

View our cancellation/refund policy here.


June 7, 2021 @ 9:00 am
June 11, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
$395 – $425


Montana Natural History Center
120 Hickory St.
Missoula, MT 59801 United States