Kid Programs

summer camp instructor helping kids catch aquatic insects

Summer Outdoor Discovery Day Camps

We offer 10 weeks of full-day nature camps for kids in pre-K through 5th grade. We also have options for middle- and high-school students to get involved and explore nature with us.

Our summer camps participate in a wide range of nature-based activities. Children will be outside every day! We take time to explore natural areas from the perspective of a naturalist: a scientist, artist, and writer. Each camp will also include games and time for play in the outdoors, which research shows is important for children. Kids can expect to learn a lot while having fun!


pre-k summer camp

miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

The miniNaturalist Pre-K Program engages young children in the exploration of the natural world through fun hands-on activities and games. The program emphasizes observation, sensory skills, and imagination to cultivate a positive connection with nature at an age when children are just beginning to investigate the world around them.

Every session is filled with exciting new activities, art projects, and discoveries. Learn about the wild world of weasels or try to catch felt fish in your feet like an osprey!

Every Thursday, September-May, 10-11 a.m. Come learn and play with us!


Cropped snake pic

Saturday Kids’ Activities

Join us twice a month during the academic year, September-May, for a Saturday Kids’ Activity. These programs feature activities, art, science experiments, and more. Kids might look for Osprey with binoculars, dissect owl pellets, or walk a model of the solar system. Every month features a new topic. The whole family can be involved, as the exploration and activities are suitable for a wide age range.


Homeschool Naturalists

Geared toward elementary-aged students, MNHC’s homeschool program runs September-April and gives students the opportunity to work with teaching naturalists to learn about the natural history of Montana while gaining naturalist skills, making friends, and having a great time! If you homeschool, we hope you will join us for exciting hands-on science lessons, exploring the world through the eyes of a naturalist!


drinking hot chocolate after sledding on a snowy hillside

Discovery Days

Throughout the year we offer a variety of Discovery Days, some for the whole community, some for members only. From beginning birding trips at nearby wildlife refuges and natural areas to wintry snowshoe excursions to seed-collecting workshops at our Native Plant Garden, our Discovery Days offer fun forays into many different natural history topics, and are great for the whole family!


Montana Natural History Center Scout Badge with animal tracks

Montana Naturalist Patch

Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts have the unique opportunity to earn the Montana Naturalist Patch! Our naturalist activities can be done individually or with your troop. When they’re completed, you will be able to purchase a special MNHC patch for $3.50.


Animal Wonders with hedgehog

Birthday Parties with Animal Wonders Inc. at MNHC

Book the best birthday ever with Animal Wonders Inc. and enjoy a live animal program at MNHC.
Animal Wonders Inc. provides live animal demonstrations for a variety of community activities including schools, summer camps, and special events. Their programs promote education about wildlife and conservation and instill love of nature.