Naturalist Field Day

Tim's lichen

Lichenologist & mycologist Tim Wheeler leads this Naturalist Field Day on lichens.

Delve deep into the study of lichens and never look at your forest the same way again. Our locality has a high diversity of lichen species in a array of beautiful forms. Learn about the ecology and biology of lichens as you become comfortable identifying common species. We will spend most of the day in the Jocko valley, Tim’s home, exploring this fascinating subject.

Begin by learning how to categorize lichen by thallus growth form. Then move from species to species finding distinguishing traits. We will look at habitat, substrate and key features.

What to Bring:

  • Lunch, water, snacks, boots/walking shoes, layers and warm clothes appropriate for the weather, and a journal.

Reading Materials for the Curious:


REGISTER HERE Or call 327-0405.

(If you are an employee of Missoula Park and Recreation, special registration applies, please call 327-0405.)

Date: Saturday, May 21

Time: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Location: Meet at the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St., travel to field sites in the MNHC bus.

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

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

 Master Naturalist page.