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Winter Wildlife Tracking

February 5 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

$40 – $45

DATE: February 5
TIMES: 10:30-3:00 p.m.
LOCATIONS: Meet at MPG ranch. Capable vehicle required. See directions and notes below.

REGISTER HERE for Winter Wildlife Tracking. Scholarships available – contact us for more information!

Get a unique opportunity to learn wildlife tracking skills with expert Joshua Lisbon at MPG ranch.

This class is an introduction to the basics of winter wildlife tracking and is geared towards students with little or no tracking experience. We will cover useful terminology, basic foot morphology, simple gaits, track sign vs. non-track sign, and a philosophy of awareness to help you read the land and see the marks left there as pieces of an unfolding story.

Instructor: Joshua Lisbon is an avid outdoorsman, educator, and a graduate of the University of Montana. He is the Education Director for MPG Ranch, a private conservation organization that stewards over 15,000 acres in the Bitterroot Valley. Joshua has been a student of tracking since he was a child and enjoys teaching others to read the stories on the land. Since 2012 Joshua has led a winter mountain lion population study on MPG and the surrounding public lands. This projects is non-invasive, meaning cats are never collared or handled. The project tracks the resident population and the relatedness of those individuals over time through rigorous field study, DNA sampling, and filming. Joshua and MPG ranch are featured in the Tracking Notes, a new documentary by Colin Ruggiero. Watch it at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, in-person or online.

Important Note:  You need a capable vehicle, so nothing less than a Subaru Outback for handling. You will need to drive yourselves onto the ranch to wherever we track from.

What to Bring:

  • Mask
  • Clothes appropriate for changing Montana weather conditions – layers, hat, good snow boots, hand and toe warmers, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.
  • Lunch, water, snacks
  • Writing implement and journal/paper
  • Vehicle with all-wheel or 4-wheel drive and high clearance


To get to MPG Ranch head south from Missoula and travel south on Highway 93 to Florence. Turn left onto the Eastside Highway at the first (only) traffic light in Florence. Crossing the Bitterroot River, travel for 1.6 miles to the roundabout. Turn left in the roundabout onto Eight Mile Creek Rd. Continue straight through the stop sign at 0.7 miles. Eight Mile Creek Rd. turns right there, Lower Woodchuck Rd. continues straight. Follow Lower Woodchuck Rd. straight. Stay on Lower Woodchuck for a total of 2.9 miles to the metal gate at the entrance of the ranch. We will meet you there.

COVID Precautions:

  • small class limited to 6 students
  • outdoor program

Cost: $40 MNHC members / $45 non-members. Scholarships available – please email cmorris [at] montananaturalist.org for details! Thanks to the generosity of MPG Ranch and Joshua we are able to offer this class at a sliding scale.

You can add an MNHC membership at checkout.

REGISTER HERE for Winter Wildlife Tracking.


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.


February 5
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
$40 – $45
Event Category:


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