The Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden was designed by a working group of children and dedicated adults nearly 16 years ago! 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.
The garden located at Fort Missoula is always open. See below for directions and a map.
Native Plant Garden Programs
Expand your expertise with our MNHC gardener. Each program will provide information you can use in your home or local garden space or while you are out botanizing in the field.
Volunteer Work & Learn Days
Thursdays in summer (mid-May through early August), 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Work alongside our gardener and help maintain this beautiful space by weeding, building, and planting. The last half hour of the day will be dedicated to learning. Our gardener can provide information and guidance on native plant identification, invasive weed identification and management, landscape design, native grasses, and more. Bring your questions or just tour the garden for inspiration. Kids are welcome!
Please, no dogs.
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 Stephanie Potts, Youth Programs Coordinator, at 406.327.0405 ext. 209. See our Museum Field Trips page for 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.