Using our natural history displays, interactive discussions, and hands-on activities, MNHC naturalists provide a guided program for your group.


Schedule your visit! Call 406.327.0405 or fill out our online form.

Museum Field Trip Locations:

  • Montana Natural History Center: Year-long, but with limited availability in October and May-August.
  • Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden: April through September.
  • University of Montana Zoological Museum: Year-long. Small groups only to this location. Tours of UMZM are temporarily unavailable while the University inventories and moves their collection.  We will resume tours when they re-open in the fall!
  • Museum on the Go!: Year-long. Naturalist educators come to your location or a location of your choosing.

Days offered:
Monday – Friday, based on naturalist availability.  Limited availability during our busy field months of May & October.  Please contact us well in advance (3 weeks is preferred) to secure your date and time!

Times offered:
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fee (price includes admission to MNHC):
$45 per group, up to 10 students; $55 per group, 11 to 20 students; $65 per group, 21-30 students.

For the best educational experience, we ask that groups larger than 30 be split into smaller field trip groups.

(Join MNHC’s Teacher Benefits Program for discounts on Field Trips and more!)

Museum on the Go Fee:
$75 per hour, up to 30 students 
First 20 miles of travel from MNHC included in price; travel beyond 20 miles will be charged a fee of $0.55 per mile.

Available Age Ranges:

NEW!! Click Here for more information about our field trip curriculum, including alignment to NGSS standards.

Available Topics at MNHC:

Lewis and Clark: Being Naturalists
Outrageous Owls
Animals in Winter
Bird Beak Bonanza
Skull Detectives

Available Topics at the Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden:
Lewis and Clark: Being Naturalists
What’s That I Hear?: Exploring Bird Calls and Nature Sounds
Service Learning

Available Topics at the UM Zoological Museum:
Museum Collection Highlights
Museum Collection Highlights: Mammal Focus
Museum Collection Highlights: Bird Focus

Programs can also take place at a location of your choosing through our Museum on the Go! 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.