#OptOutside This Thanksgiving Week!

#OptOutside this week! MNHC will be closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, and the staff are looking forward to some fun outdoor explorations…and we encourage you to do the same! Avoid the frenzy of holiday shopping on Black Friday and head outside with your...

Follow the Wildflower Rainbow!

by Allison De Jong Spring and summer is prime wildflower time! How well do you know Montana’s wildflowers? Test your skills with this rainbow assortment—and then go out and see how many you can find. We’d love to see your photos, too; share them by tagging...

Coastal Explorations

by Allison De Jong Living in a landlocked (through very lovely) state, I especially enjoy visiting the coast when I have a chance. This spring, my husband and I took a trip out to the west side of Vancouver Island, to the little town of Tofino. Exploring new places...

Tenacious Beauty: In Awe of Alpine Wildflowers

Text and photos by Allison De Jong It was a sunny, gorgeous Sunday in late July. My husband, two friends and I had scattered ourselves across the broad alpine meadow of Goat Flat in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness, noses to the ground, peering at the myriad tiny...

American Pikas: Little Chief Hares of the West

by Allison De Jong The first time I heard a pika, I was hiking along a talus slope on the Bass Creek trail in the Bitterroot Mountains. I would have imagined the short, shrill sound to be some kind of bird call were it not for my husband’s excited whisper—“Listen....