Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden

volunteers weeding at the Native Plant Garden at Fort Missoula

The Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden was designed by a working group of children and dedicated adults in 1999. Today the garden has grown into an impressive outdoor learning space with a three-season classroom. The garden provides a safe environment for children to play and explore along tiny trails or build forts among the trees. Adult programs utilize the variety of native plants growing here, the healthy pollinator population, and diversity of bird species.

Our garden at Fort Missoula is always open and free for individuals and groups to explore. See below for directions and a map.

Group, School, or Camp Visits

If you would like to visit the garden with your class or group to receive fun and educational native plant programming, please call us at 406.327.0405 or fill out our online form. See our Museum Field Trips page for the online form and more information.

Directions to the Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden

Head west on Third and turn left (south) onto Reserve. After ~1 mile, turn right on South Ave. Turn left on Old Fort Rd. (at the blue Hospital sign), go a few blocks to the T in the road and head right on Fort Missoula Road. Pass by the golf course until you get to a stop sign; keep going forward (the road kind of angles left) to the T in the road and take a left (onto H Rd). Drive to the end of this road and take a left, and you’ll see the garden and the white garden classroom with green trim ahead on your right. Basically, just head towards the big silver water tower—the garden is a little ways to the north and west of the water tower.