Naturalist Field Day

Missoula College Biology Professor Greg Peters leads this Naturalist Field Day on fire ecology.

fire ecology photo

Fire is a natural and necessary part of our ecosystems in western Montana. Spend a fascinating day learning about how our native plants and animals have adapted to coexist with–and depend on–fire. Gain an understanding of fire behavior based on topography, weather, climate, and forest type.

We will visit sites  of various burn severity and in different stages of revegetation including Gold Creek and potentially W. Riverside.

What to Bring:

  • Lunch, water, snacks, boots/walking shoes, layers and warm clothes appropriate for the weather, and a journal.

Reading Materials for the Curious:

Fire Ecology Journal:



(If you are an employee of Missoula Park and Recreation, special registration applies, please call 327-0405.)

Date: TBA

Time: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Location: Meet at the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St., travel to field sites in the MNHC bus.

Cost: $80/$70 MNHC members. Some scholarships available, please call for details.

 For more information about Naturalist Field Days and a course schedule, please visit our

 Master Naturalist page.