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Montana Natural History Center

http://www.montananaturalist.org

March 2019

Evening Program: Naturalist Trivia Night! With the Clark Fork Coaltion

March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$5

Join us for Naturalist Trivia Night with special guest hosts- the Clark Fork Coalition! You can bring a team or become part of one when you arrive. Naturalist Trivia Nights are a great way to learn about our local natural world. Come to show off your skills or acquire new knowledge about Montana’s Clark Fork Watershed. There are usually 4 rounds of questions, frequently on a common theme. Some rounds are verbal, others visual or even auditory (guess that sound!).…

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miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

March 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until May 30, 2019

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
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Free with admission
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The miniNaturalist Pre-K Program engages young children in the exploration of the natural world through fun, hands-on activities and games. Emphasis is on 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. Each month features a new theme: January: Animals in Winter February: Diggin' Dinos and Fossils March: Wild River Animals April: Spring Birds May: Spring Surprises No programming June-August. September: Forest Friends…

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Saturday Kids’ Activity: Rockhounding

March 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on March 23, 2019 at 2:00pm

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free with admission

Learn about our local rocks and find a few treasures to take home! Are you interested in becoming a rockhound? At this drop-in activity you can see neat mineral and crystal samples, learn about our most common local rocks and check out some of the tools every rockhound needs. Either in sand or outside (depending on weather) you will be able to dig for your own rocks to start or add to your collection. Come by anytime between 2:00 and…

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miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until May 30, 2019

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
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Free with admission
young girl looks at a spiderweb through a magnifying glass

The miniNaturalist Pre-K Program engages young children in the exploration of the natural world through fun, hands-on activities and games. Emphasis is on 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. Each month features a new theme: January: Animals in Winter February: Diggin' Dinos and Fossils March: Wild River Animals April: Spring Birds May: Spring Surprises No programming June-August. September: Forest Friends…

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April 2019

Evening Lecture: Deep Wild vs. Modern Tribalism with Jon Turk

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$5 – $10

Around 70,000 years ago, in the early pre-history of humankind, extreme and prolonged drought in East Africa reduced the population of Homo sapiens to near extinction. Our tool technology was primitive and we were too weak and slow to compete effectively on the harsh, dry savanna. In Deep Wild vs Modern Tribalism, Jon Turk draws from history and his own explorations in remote corners of the globe to understand how our intimate knowledge of the environment, combined with ceremony and mythology, gave us the cutting…

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miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

April 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until May 30, 2019

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
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Free with admission
young girl looks at a spiderweb through a magnifying glass

The miniNaturalist Pre-K Program engages young children in the exploration of the natural world through fun, hands-on activities and games. Emphasis is on 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. Each month features a new theme: January: Animals in Winter February: Diggin' Dinos and Fossils March: Wild River Animals April: Spring Birds May: Spring Surprises No programming June-August. September: Forest Friends…

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miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until May 30, 2019

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
+ Google Map
Free with admission
young girl looks at a spiderweb through a magnifying glass

The miniNaturalist Pre-K Program engages young children in the exploration of the natural world through fun, hands-on activities and games. Emphasis is on 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. Each month features a new theme: January: Animals in Winter February: Diggin' Dinos and Fossils March: Wild River Animals April: Spring Birds May: Spring Surprises No programming June-August. September: Forest Friends…

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miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until May 30, 2019

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
+ Google Map
Free with admission
young girl looks at a spiderweb through a magnifying glass

The miniNaturalist Pre-K Program engages young children in the exploration of the natural world through fun, hands-on activities and games. Emphasis is on 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. Each month features a new theme: January: Animals in Winter February: Diggin' Dinos and Fossils March: Wild River Animals April: Spring Birds May: Spring Surprises No programming June-August. September: Forest Friends…

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Kettlehouse Community UNite

April 24 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Northside Kettlehouse, 313 N 1st St W
Missoula, MT 59802
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Join us at KettleHouse Northside Taproom for Missoula’s longest-standing pint night that gives back! Enjoy delicious beer and camaraderie while supporting the Montana Natural History Center. $1 of every pint sold from 5-8 p.m. will be donated to MNHC, so come out and support us!

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Hunting & Gathering Lecture Series: The Entomology of Fly Fishing

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free – $10
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Join us for a further exploration of the tradition of hunting and gathering, from food and clothing to the naturalist’s habit of creating collections. Each of our six speakers will share their expertise, from identification and use of the object of the hunt to identifying the landscape or phenology clues that will help hunters and gatherers to find what they’re looking for. Our third speaker is Dr. Diana Six, Professor of Entomology/Pathology at the University of Montana. Her primary research focuses on…

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miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

April 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until May 30, 2019

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
+ Google Map
Free with admission
young girl looks at a spiderweb through a magnifying glass

The miniNaturalist Pre-K Program engages young children in the exploration of the natural world through fun, hands-on activities and games. Emphasis is on 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. Each month features a new theme: January: Animals in Winter February: Diggin' Dinos and Fossils March: Wild River Animals April: Spring Birds May: Spring Surprises No programming June-August. September: Forest Friends…

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Naturalist Field Weekend: Sage-Grouse Experience

April 26 @ 1:00 pm - April 28 @ 2:00 pm
$420 – $450
greater sage-grouse

Sage Grouse Experience | April 26th-28th, 2018 | Montana High Country Lodge LOCATION: Meet at the Montana High Country Lodge Discover a success story of collaborative conservation and a dancing wonder of the world and the wide, open west--the Greater Sage-Grouse. In this three-day exploration through the Grasshopper Valley of southwestern Montana, you'll experience a welcoming mix of place-based experiences and expert knowledge as you explore the natural history of sage-grouse. This field experience will allow you a rare opportunity to see…

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May 2019

miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

May 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until May 30, 2019

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
+ Google Map
Free with admission
young girl looks at a spiderweb through a magnifying glass

The miniNaturalist Pre-K Program engages young children in the exploration of the natural world through fun, hands-on activities and games. Emphasis is on 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. Each month features a new theme: January: Animals in Winter February: Diggin' Dinos and Fossils March: Wild River Animals April: Spring Birds May: Spring Surprises No programming June-August. September: Forest Friends…

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miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until May 30, 2019

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
+ Google Map
Free with admission
young girl looks at a spiderweb through a magnifying glass

The miniNaturalist Pre-K Program engages young children in the exploration of the natural world through fun, hands-on activities and games. Emphasis is on 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. Each month features a new theme: January: Animals in Winter February: Diggin' Dinos and Fossils March: Wild River Animals April: Spring Birds May: Spring Surprises No programming June-August. September: Forest Friends…

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Saturday Kids’ Activity: Insect Investigations

May 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on May 25, 2019 at 2:00pm

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free with admission

Spring brings insect investigations! Drop-in anytime between 2:00 and 4:00 to learn about insect body plans and lifestyles. Models, puppets and best of all- collecting materials will be available for use. Find out how to identify an insect and where you might find one. Then borrow some bug-catchers and try your luck in our Nature Adventure Garden. Bring what you find back in for an identification before letting it go or use a field guide outside.

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miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

May 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until May 30, 2019

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
+ Google Map
Free with admission
young girl looks at a spiderweb through a magnifying glass

The miniNaturalist Pre-K Program engages young children in the exploration of the natural world through fun, hands-on activities and games. Emphasis is on 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. Each month features a new theme: January: Animals in Winter February: Diggin' Dinos and Fossils March: Wild River Animals April: Spring Birds May: Spring Surprises No programming June-August. September: Forest Friends…

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Women’s Luncheon

May 16 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
The home of Megan Morris, 531 Evan Kelly Road
Missoula, MT 59802
$100

Join us for the 7th Annual Montana Natural History Center Women’s Luncheon to support the Summer Outdoor Discovery Camp and Middle School Girl’s STEM Camp Scholarship Fund! Let’s kick off a great summer camp season for kids in need and the return of spring with: Lunch catered by Riversong Gourmet Catering A talk about Montana’s wildflowers from Drew Lefebvre, Teaching Naturalist at the Montana Natural History Center A gift of two starts provided by Ace Hardware’s Montana Fancy Plants as…

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Naturalist Field Day: Birding by Ear

May 18 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$70 – $80

LOCATION: MEET AT MNHC TIME: 8:00 a.m. Enhance your birding game by learning to bird by ear. Practice this essential skill in a fun and informative class with naturalist and birder Cedar Mathers-Winn. This class will begin with a basic introduction to sound, the ways that birds produce and use sounds, and how these are related. You will learn to use spectrograms as a tool for learning to recognize and differentiate between similar sounds. In addition, you will learn some…

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miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

May 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until May 30, 2019

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
+ Google Map
Free with admission
young girl looks at a spiderweb through a magnifying glass

The miniNaturalist Pre-K Program engages young children in the exploration of the natural world through fun, hands-on activities and games. Emphasis is on 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. Each month features a new theme: January: Animals in Winter February: Diggin' Dinos and Fossils March: Wild River Animals April: Spring Birds May: Spring Surprises No programming June-August. September: Forest Friends…

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Saturday Kids’ Activity: Insect Investigations

May 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on May 25, 2019 at 2:00pm

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free with admission

Spring brings insect investigations! Drop-in anytime between 2:00 and 4:00 to learn about insect body plans and lifestyles. Models, puppets and best of all- collecting materials will be available for use. Find out how to identify an insect and where you might find one. Then borrow some bug-catchers and try your luck in our Nature Adventure Garden. Bring what you find back in for an identification before letting it go or use a field guide outside.

Find out more »

miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

May 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until May 30, 2019

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
+ Google Map
Free with admission
young girl looks at a spiderweb through a magnifying glass

The miniNaturalist Pre-K Program engages young children in the exploration of the natural world through fun, hands-on activities and games. Emphasis is on 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. Each month features a new theme: January: Animals in Winter February: Diggin' Dinos and Fossils March: Wild River Animals April: Spring Birds May: Spring Surprises No programming June-August. September: Forest Friends…

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June 2019

Community Discovery Day: Beginning Fly Fishing: Approaching the Sport with a Naturalist Mindset

June 1 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden, 404 H Road
Missoula, MT 59804 United States
$35 – $40

LOCATION: Meet at the Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden Time: 9:00 a.m. This 4-hour class will introduce you to the basics of fly fishing and naturalist knowledge to successfully explore the sport. Casting, trouble-shooting, knot tying, and information about the fish and insects will provide a rich learning experience. Instructor fly fisherwoman Erin Geiges will keep you moving with hands-on practice in a small, 8-person class. Practice casting, identify live insect specimens, and meet some great people! Highlights:  Casting mechanics: …

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Naturalist Field Day: Tour the Bison Range with a Naturalist

June 22 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$70 – $80

LOCATION: MEET AT MNHC TIME: 9:00 Get an intimate and personalized tour of the National Bison Range with retired ranger Pat Jamieson. Bring your camera because you are sure to see a variety of charismatic fauna, from bison to antelope to songbirds to raptors! On previous tours the group has spotted black bears and even a badger. You never know who will pop up, and Pat knows the best places to look. Blooming bitterroots line a short walk to a…

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September 2019

Hunting & Gathering Lecture Series: A Big Year of Birding and Beyond

September 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free – $10
Hunting & Gathering 2019 Lecture Series Logo

Join us for a further exploration of the tradition of hunting and gathering, from food and clothing to the naturalist’s habit of creating collections. Each of our six speakers will share their expertise, from identification and use of the object of the hunt to identifying the landscape or phenology clues that will help hunters and gatherers to find what they’re looking for. The speakers for our fourth lecture are birders and authors Sneed B. Collard III and his son, Braden.…

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October 2019

Annual Banquet & Auction

October 12 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
University Center Ballroom, 32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812 United States
$50

Join Us for MNHC’s 28th Annual Banquet & Auction! When: Saturday, October 12th, 2019 Where: University Center Ballroom at the University of Montana Schedule: 5 p.m. Check-in and Drinks. 6:30 p.m. Dinner begins. 7:30 p.m. Live Auction. Please join us for an evening of silent and live auctions; exciting raffles; delicious dinner, dessert, and complimentary wine; visiting with old friends and meeting new ones; and celebrating 28 years of accomplishments and fun! Bid on nature excursions, international travel packages, local dinners and services, original artwork,…

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Hunting & Gathering Lecture Series: Beavers in North America: Trapped, Valued, and Why They Matter

October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free – $10
Hunting & Gathering 2019 Lecture Series Logo

Join us for a further exploration of the tradition of hunting and gathering, from food and clothing to the naturalist’s habit of creating collections. Each of our six speakers will share their expertise, from identification and use of the object of the hunt to identifying the landscape or phenology clues that will help hunters and gatherers to find what they’re looking for. Our fifth speaker is Ben Goldfarb, environmental journalist, editor, and author. Ben has edited and worked for a…

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November 2019

Hunting & Gathering Lecture Series: Traditional Wilderness Skills: Brain Tan Buckskin

November 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free – $10
Hunting & Gathering 2019 Lecture Series Logo

Join us for a further exploration of the tradition of hunting and gathering, from food and clothing to the naturalist’s habit of creating collections. Each of our six speakers will share their expertise, from identification and use of the object of the hunt to identifying the landscape or phenology clues that will help hunters and gatherers to find what they’re looking for. Our final speaker is Joshua Lisbon, Education & Outreach Manager at the MPG Ranch. Joshua has been tanning deer,…

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