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Montana Natural History Center

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120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
406.327.0405

February 2019

Sip and Sketch: Drawing with Graphite

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$25 – $30

Spend an enjoyable evening learning how to develop your skills in graphite drawing. Artist Jenah Mead will demonstrate her drawing process, moving from a gesture and shapes to more confident lines, to values, to details. Choose your subject from a wide array of bird-related natural objects--bird specimens, eggs, and nests. Jenah will provide individual support in approaching texture and subjects. All materials, two glasses of wine, beer, or soda, and light refreshments are included in the program. So sit back,…

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miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

February 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
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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Four-part Morning Program: Geology Rocks!

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Friday, repeating until February 22, 2019

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$40 – $45

Learn to read the landscape by learning foundations in general and local geology. Geologist Bruce Baty provides lectures and hands-on activities to illustrate geologic principals during this fascinating series. You will practice recognizing different types of igneous rocks through study and sorting, get a primer on common mineral composition, discover how rock changes through metamorphism, and find out how landscape features are the key to understanding the past. The series provides an excellent introduction to geology and offers plenty of time…

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C & I 555: Mindfulness and Nature Journaling for Teachers

February 27 @ 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm
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One event on February 27, 2019 at 4:15pm

One event on March 13, 2019 at 4:15pm

One event on April 10, 2019 at 4:15pm

One event on April 24, 2019 at 4:15pm

One event on May 8, 2019 at 4:15pm

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$150 – $305
nature journaling page with a sketch of a yellow leaf

This course is a collaboration between the Montana Natural History Center and East West Mindfulness to explore the connection between present moment awareness and the natural world. The goal is for participants to see how this connection can lead to self regulation and a commitment to stewardship. Gain the confidence through experience to share mindfulness and nature journaling activities with your students. Learn techniques and access resources to establish and sustain your own mindfulness and nature journaling practices! Participants who register for two…

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Evening Lecture: New Thoughts on Glacial Lake Missoula Shorelines

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$5
waves of glacial lake missoula

Unusual Wave Activity in the Bitterroot Arm of Glacial Lake Missoula A lecture hosted by the Glacial Lake Missoula Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute: New Thoughts on Glacial Lake Missoula Shorelines. Did Glacial Lake Missoula have tidal waves? Recent Lidar images in the Bitterroot Valley suggest that earthquake activity in the Pleistocene may have caused large waves to crash on the shores of Glacial Lake Missoula. Jim Sears, geology professor at the University of Montana, will present the…

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miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

February 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
+ 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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March 2019

Saturday Kids’ Activity: Rockhounding

March 2 @ 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 7 @ 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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C & I 555: Mindfulness and Nature Journaling for Teachers

March 13 @ 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm
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One event on February 27, 2019 at 4:15pm

One event on March 13, 2019 at 4:15pm

One event on April 10, 2019 at 4:15pm

One event on April 24, 2019 at 4:15pm

One event on May 8, 2019 at 4:15pm

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$150 – $305
nature journaling page with a sketch of a yellow leaf

This course is a collaboration between the Montana Natural History Center and East West Mindfulness to explore the connection between present moment awareness and the natural world. The goal is for participants to see how this connection can lead to self regulation and a commitment to stewardship. Gain the confidence through experience to share mindfulness and nature journaling activities with your students. Learn techniques and access resources to establish and sustain your own mindfulness and nature journaling practices! Participants who register for two…

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Hunting & Gathering Lecture Series: Stories from 60 Years of Shed Hunting

March 13 @ 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 second speaker is Jim Phillips, Antler Man. Jim has lived his whole life in Three Forks, and started shed hunting…

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miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

March 14 @ 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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Naturalist Field Day: Beginning Fly Fishing: Approaching the Sport with a Naturalist Mindset

March 16 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$70 – $80

LOCATION: MEET AT MNHC TIME: 9:00 a.m. This class will set you up with all you need to enjoy a day of fly fishing on your own. Casting, trouble-shooting, knot tying, and finding fish - no problem! You will come away with the naturalist observation skills and fishing knowledge to provide the fullest experience of the sport. Instructors fly fisherwoman Erin Geiges and Christine Morris from the Montana Natural History Center will keep you moving through the day with hands-on…

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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
+ 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: Rockhounding

March 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

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…

Find out more »

miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

March 28 @ 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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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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C & I 555: Mindfulness and Nature Journaling for Teachers

April 10 @ 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm
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One event on February 27, 2019 at 4:15pm

One event on March 13, 2019 at 4:15pm

One event on April 10, 2019 at 4:15pm

One event on April 24, 2019 at 4:15pm

One event on May 8, 2019 at 4:15pm

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$150 – $305
nature journaling page with a sketch of a yellow leaf

This course is a collaboration between the Montana Natural History Center and East West Mindfulness to explore the connection between present moment awareness and the natural world. The goal is for participants to see how this connection can lead to self regulation and a commitment to stewardship. Gain the confidence through experience to share mindfulness and nature journaling activities with your students. Learn techniques and access resources to establish and sustain your own mindfulness and nature journaling practices! Participants who register for two…

Find out more »

miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

April 11 @ 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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miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

April 18 @ 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…

Find out more »

C & I 555: Mindfulness and Nature Journaling for Teachers

April 24 @ 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on February 27, 2019 at 4:15pm

One event on March 13, 2019 at 4:15pm

One event on April 10, 2019 at 4:15pm

One event on April 24, 2019 at 4:15pm

One event on May 8, 2019 at 4:15pm

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$150 – $305
nature journaling page with a sketch of a yellow leaf

This course is a collaboration between the Montana Natural History Center and East West Mindfulness to explore the connection between present moment awareness and the natural world. The goal is for participants to see how this connection can lead to self regulation and a commitment to stewardship. Gain the confidence through experience to share mindfulness and nature journaling activities with your students. Learn techniques and access resources to establish and sustain your own mindfulness and nature journaling practices! Participants who register for two…

Find out more »

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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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…

Find out more »

C & I 555: Mindfulness and Nature Journaling for Teachers

May 8 @ 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on February 27, 2019 at 4:15pm

One event on March 13, 2019 at 4:15pm

One event on April 10, 2019 at 4:15pm

One event on April 24, 2019 at 4:15pm

One event on May 8, 2019 at 4:15pm

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$150 – $305
nature journaling page with a sketch of a yellow leaf

This course is a collaboration between the Montana Natural History Center and East West Mindfulness to explore the connection between present moment awareness and the natural world. The goal is for participants to see how this connection can lead to self regulation and a commitment to stewardship. Gain the confidence through experience to share mindfulness and nature journaling activities with your students. Learn techniques and access resources to establish and sustain your own mindfulness and nature journaling practices! Participants who register for two…

Find out more »

miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

May 9 @ 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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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
|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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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
|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…

Find out more »

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

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

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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