Using our natural history displays, interactive discussions, and hands-on activities, MNHC naturalists provide a guided program for your group.
Museum Field Trip Locations:
- Montana Natural History Center: Year-long.
- Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden: April through September.
Monday – Friday, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., based on naturalist availability. Please contact us well in advance (3 weeks is preferred) to secure your date and time!
Available Age Ranges:
The following prices include admission to the museum for all students in the group as well as for teachers and chaperones. For the best educational experience, we ask that groups larger than 30 be split into smaller field trip sections.
- Up to 10 students: $50 per group
- 11-20 students: $70 per group
- 21-30 students: $90 per group
You may have noticed that our fee structure for Museum Field Trips has changed! To reflect an increase in program offerings and the addition of our new exhibits, we’ve raised our prices a bit. If this presents a problem for you and your school, call us at 406.327.0405. We are happy to work with you as much as we can to provide access to your students.
(Join MNHC’s Teacher Benefits Program for discounts on Field Trips and more!)
Choose from the following hands-on lessons:
- Seed Dispersal: Fruit Engineering Challenge
- Montana Ecosystems and Animals
- Lewis and Clark: Being Naturalists
- Outrageous Owls
- Animals in Winter
- Bird Beak Bonanza
- Skull Detectives
- What’s That I Hear?: Exploring Bird Calls and Nature Sounds
- Service Learning (Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden only)
All of these topics, as well as custom naturalist experiences such as guided nature walks, can also take place at a location of your choosing through our Traveling Naturalist program.
NEW! We’re excited to partner with the Missoula Insectarium to offer joint programming here at MNHC. In addition to visiting us for a lesson on natural history, why not schedule a program with the Insectarium for the same day? We are happy to work with your schedule and offer breaks, time for lunch, outdoor space if needed, and a central learning theme. Check out the Insectarium’s Bugs at the Museum programs to learn more about what they offer, and let us know if you’d like to schedule a joint program!
Schools are responsible for their own transportation and must be accompanied by at least one teacher from school. We request at least one chaperone for every eight students. Chaperone admission is included in the program cost. MNHC reserves the right to cancel or shorten any Museum Field Trip if the group arrives late. Museum Field Trips should be booked at least three weeks in advance to ensure an open date.
Fill out our online request form, or, to learn more, call 406.327.0405.