Naturalist Field Day


Join botanist and author, Peter Lesica for a field day investigating our local grasses. Using keys, guides, dissecting scopes, and ecological considerations you will become comfortable identifying grasses. Discover their often hidden distinguishing characteristics and beauty.

After covering the basics in the classroom, we will move into the field to identify grasses in their ecosystems. Several sites will be visited during the day, providing comparative study and a variety of species.

What to Bring:

  • Lunch, water, snacks, hiking shoes or boots, warm clothes, rain gear, journal.

Useful Reading:

  • Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification  by Thomas J. Elpel (available at the Naturalist’s Mercantile, 131 E. Mains St. Missoula)
  • Manual of Montana Vascular Plants by Peter Lesica

Please call 327-0405 to register. Space is limited. Full payment is due upon registration.

Date: June 7th

Time: 9:00 am- 5:00 pm

Location: meet at the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Transportation to field sites provided.

Cost: $80/$70 MNHC members. Some scholarships available, please call for details.  5 OPI credits available.

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