miniNaturalist Program

Come learn and play outside with us!

Dates: Every Thursday, September- May

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street.

We meet outdoors at our Nature Adventure garden on the east side of the building.
Please bring clothes for outdoor play!
Raincoats, snow bibs, boots, hats, mittens, etc. We have extra cold weather clothes to borrow. 

Cost: Free! If you would like to visit our museum and Kids’ Discovery Room, regular museum admission applies (children under 4 free, adults $5, seniors $4, family $10)

NOTE: This program is for kids and their care givers. Schools, daycares, and preschools can sign-up for a center visit program with one of our naturalists.

The miniNaturalist program encourages curiosity for the natural world through exploration and play. We read books, play games, sing songs, and develop skills with art and science tools.
Come paint the snow, go on a bird walk, build a fort, catch and release insects, and much more!
Playing outside contributes to overall health, builds cognitive and social/emotional development, increases attention spans, improves sensory skills and generates happiness.  
  • Best for ages 2-4 though any age is welcome!
  • This program will be held indoors if it is pouring rain or less than 15 degrees.
  • You are welcome to go inside the museum at any time during or after the program.