A field trip with FieldStudies (recommended for grades 3-6)

Get students into the field without leaving the classroom! The Montana Natural History Center’s FieldStudies gets students in touch with practicing scientists through live and interactive video broadcasts. Prior to the program’s date, teachers are sent a brief video introducing the scientist and their work. Classes are encouraged to generate questions for the scientist and send them in before the live event. On the day of the program, classes tune in for answers to their questions, polling questions, and more served up by the scientist themselves.

How it works

Participating classes are sent a link to a brief video that gives information about the guest scientist and their field of work. Students then generate a list of questions that they send to the Montana Natural History Center before the day of the live event. The scientist builds their live event around these questions and spends time answering and interacting with classes that have tuned in from across the country all at the same time. 

What you need: 

  • A computer with internet connectivity
  • A projector connected to computer
  • Speakers

 MNHC will email all participating educators a link to how to download and use the free Zoom Video Conferencing software necessary for participation.

Click here for a checklist to help prepare for the experience!

Upcoming FieldStudies program:

Milkweed, Monarchs, and Mysteries

monarch butterfly

In this two-part series students will join Zoologist Maggie Hirshauer to discover the world of monarchs in Montana. Two introductory videos will build background knowledge and provide an opportunity for your class to generate questions for Maggie about her work. During the two interactive and live events, questions sent in by participating classes will help drive the majority of the programming.


  • January 28th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. MST
  • April 28th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. MST

Cost: $25/class includes two videos and two live sessions

Limited spaces available! 

Contact kvannoppen [at] montananaturalist [dot] org for more information and to sign up!