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Missoula, MT 59801 United States
406.327.0405

January 2020

CANCELED – miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

January 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until May 28, 2020

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

Due to concerns about COVID-19, the miniNaturalist Pre-K programs are canceled until further notice. Stay healthy, friends! The miniNaturalist pre-K program encourages curiosity for the natural world. Dates: Every Thursday, September – May Time: 10:00-11:00 am NEW in 2020! To meet the needs of multiple ages, the program will focus on learner directed stations including sensory, art, imaginative play, literacy, and science. We have an adult station too! With coffee, tea, natural history explorations and tips on how to engage your…

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Discovery Day: Winter Plant Walk

January 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$5

Date: January 25 Location: Montana Natural History Center Time: 1:00-4:00 pm If you think you can’t identify plants in the winter, you’re wrong! Join members of the Montana Native Plant Society in a slow walk along the Clark Fork River to identify trees and shrubs in their winter condition.  By the time we’re done, you’ll recognize your friends even without leaves and flowers. We will start inside with a slide show, tea, and hot cocoa. Our instructors will talk about using…

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Saturday Kids Activity | Hibernation Celebration

January 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on January 25, 2020 at 2:00 pm

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

Celebrate hibernating animals during this engaging Saturday Kids' Activity. You will learn about the various ways some Montana creatures hibernate. A frog that can freeze solid! A cozy ball of snakes underground! Bears in their lairs! From intermittent torpor to 8 month slumber these creatures cope with the worst of the winter weather by sleeping through it.  Stories, crafts, and science activities will entertain the entire family. Drop in anytime between 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays, January 11th or…

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Seasonal Round Workshop, 4-Part Class

January 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until January 28, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$60 – $65
phenology wheel

LOCATION: MNHC DATES: January 7, 14, 21, 28 TIME: 4:00-6:00 p.m. Call 327.0405 to ask about our scholarships! We want everyone to be able to take this class! Explore your personal connection to nature during this informative, reflective, and artistic four-part class. Instructors: Christine Wren, naturalist and educator, and Sally Thompson, anthropologist. Gain inspiration from a variety of traditions that intimately relate to the annual cycles of the seasonal round to explore and extend your own views through artistic means.…

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Nature Connection Through Reflection 4-Part Class

January 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until January 29, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$60 – $65

Dates: Wednesdays, January 8, 15, 22, and 29 Time: 10:00 a.m. - noon Location: Montana Natural History Center Start the new year strengthening your connection to nature and cultivating peaceful reflection. This 4-part series is composed of activities designed to promote a mindful and observant presence in nature whether out in the wild, walking along the river trail, or in your own backyard. Course instructors are artist Kate Crouch, author Peggy Christian, and naturalist Christine Morris. January 8: Meditative Art…

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Echoes on the Land: Glacial Lake Missoula Film Viewing

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free

Join the Glacial Lake Missoula Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute at the Montana Natural History Center for the premiere of "Echoes on the Land," a series of videos about the ice age floods and how they impacted our region. This is the subject of the second annual "Cabin Fever" lecture series.  The videos are part of the new interactive exhibit at the Montana Natural History Center. This event is free and open to the public. More information is…

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CANCELED – miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

January 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until May 28, 2020

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

Due to concerns about COVID-19, the miniNaturalist Pre-K programs are canceled until further notice. Stay healthy, friends! The miniNaturalist pre-K program encourages curiosity for the natural world. Dates: Every Thursday, September – May Time: 10:00-11:00 am NEW in 2020! To meet the needs of multiple ages, the program will focus on learner directed stations including sensory, art, imaginative play, literacy, and science. We have an adult station too! With coffee, tea, natural history explorations and tips on how to engage your…

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February 2020

Nature Writing Workshop, 4-Part Class

February 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until February 26, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$70 – $80

Location: MNHC Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Explore various forms of nature writing, then research and write your own Field Note during this workshop-based four-part class! Instructors: Allison De Jong, writer, naturalist, and editor of Montana Naturalist magazine and Field Notes on Montana Public Radio Drew Lefebvre, naturalist, writer, and MNHC's Museum Programs Coordinator In this four-part class, you'll work with Field Notes editor Allison De Jong, naturalist Drew Lefebvre, and your fellow participants to research, write, and workshop your…

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CANCELED – miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

February 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until May 28, 2020

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

Due to concerns about COVID-19, the miniNaturalist Pre-K programs are canceled until further notice. Stay healthy, friends! The miniNaturalist pre-K program encourages curiosity for the natural world. Dates: Every Thursday, September – May Time: 10:00-11:00 am NEW in 2020! To meet the needs of multiple ages, the program will focus on learner directed stations including sensory, art, imaginative play, literacy, and science. We have an adult station too! With coffee, tea, natural history explorations and tips on how to engage your…

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Geology 4-Part Brown Bag Lecture Series

February 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until February 27, 2020

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

DATES: February 6, 13, 20, and 27 TIME: 12:00-1:00 p.m.  Bring a sack lunch if you like and make it a geology lunch break! LOCATION: Montana Natural History Center Join geologist Bruce Baty for a 4-part series of illustrated geology lectures. This program provides an overview of geological concepts through specific examples. Bruce will guide you on a geologic tour of Glacier and various Utah National Parks, discuss the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens, and demonstrate the stories rocks tell…

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Saturday Kids’ Activity | Animals in Winter

February 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on February 22, 2020 at 2:00 pm

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

How do animals stay warm in winter and navigate the snow and storms? Find out during this drop-in program! Come see and touch a variety of winter animal furs and learn about the winter animal lifestyle. Deer grow special hollow hairs to trap insulation. Weasels turn white to blend in with their surroundings. Great blue herons can stand in frigid rivers without getting frost-bite. Drop in anytime between 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 8th or 22nd.

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School’s Out Camp | Winter Exploration Extravaganza

February 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$45 – $50

Throughout the year there are a few days that schools across Missoula close for teacher development programs, spring break, or other events. The Montana Natural History Center hosts School’s Out Day Camps on many of these dates to give kids a fun, safe place to explore and learn while school is out of session and their parents are at work. Leave your kids with us for an exciting day full of exploration, discovery, hands-on activities, field trips, and more!  Learn More…

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Nature Writing Workshop, 4-Part Class

February 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until February 26, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$70 – $80

Location: MNHC Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Explore various forms of nature writing, then research and write your own Field Note during this workshop-based four-part class! Instructors: Allison De Jong, writer, naturalist, and editor of Montana Naturalist magazine and Field Notes on Montana Public Radio Drew Lefebvre, naturalist, writer, and MNHC's Museum Programs Coordinator In this four-part class, you'll work with Field Notes editor Allison De Jong, naturalist Drew Lefebvre, and your fellow participants to research, write, and workshop your…

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Drop in with a Naturalist

February 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free with Admission
Nature Journal

Second and fourth Wednesday of the month Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. January Theme: Drawing Winter Foliage with Jenah Mead February Theme: Drawing Birds with Jenah Mead March Theme: Drawing Insects with Jenah Mead Spend a relaxing morning drawing and painting specimens from MNHC's collections alongside artist and naturalist Jenah Mead. Jenah will share her techniques and offer guidance as you create your own nature-themed art based on the month's theme. All skill levels are welcome to drop in…

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Sip and Sketch: Feather Zentangle with Kate Crouch

February 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$25 – $30

Create a beautiful work of art in a meditative style with artist, educator, and yogi Kate Crouch. Zentangling is a calming art method in which abstract repetitive patterns flow organically within a shape. Tonight we will be using the outline of a feather and filling the inside with intuitive simple patterns. Shading and watercolor will provide color and dimension to the piece. Kate will guide you through the process. A wide variety of feathers from turkey to pheasant to owl…

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CANCELED – miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

February 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until May 28, 2020

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

Due to concerns about COVID-19, the miniNaturalist Pre-K programs are canceled until further notice. Stay healthy, friends! The miniNaturalist pre-K program encourages curiosity for the natural world. Dates: Every Thursday, September – May Time: 10:00-11:00 am NEW in 2020! To meet the needs of multiple ages, the program will focus on learner directed stations including sensory, art, imaginative play, literacy, and science. We have an adult station too! With coffee, tea, natural history explorations and tips on how to engage your…

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Geology 4-Part Brown Bag Lecture Series

February 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until February 27, 2020

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

DATES: February 6, 13, 20, and 27 TIME: 12:00-1:00 p.m.  Bring a sack lunch if you like and make it a geology lunch break! LOCATION: Montana Natural History Center Join geologist Bruce Baty for a 4-part series of illustrated geology lectures. This program provides an overview of geological concepts through specific examples. Bruce will guide you on a geologic tour of Glacier and various Utah National Parks, discuss the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens, and demonstrate the stories rocks tell…

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Discovery Day: Cyanotype Winter Plants

February 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$25 – $30

DATE: Saturday, February 15 TIME: 1:00-3:00 p.m LOCATION: Montana Natural History Center Capture the beautiful forms of winter plants, grasses, and dried flowers in your own cyanotype! Photographer and author Peggy Christian leads this special Discovery Day: Cyanotype Winter Plants. The photograms will be made using a photosensitive surface, organic material, and exposure in a light box. Learn about this photographic printing process and then head out to our Discovery Garden to cut dried specimens. We will identify the plants…

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Closed for Presidents Day

February 17
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States

MNHC will be closed on Monday, February 17th, for President’s Day. Enjoy the long weekend!

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School’s Out Camp | Bugs and Nature

February 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$45 – $50

Throughout the year there are a few days that schools across Missoula close for teacher development programs, spring break, or other events. The Montana Natural History Center hosts School’s Out Day Camps on many of these dates to give kids a fun, safe place to explore and learn while school is out of session and their parents are at work. Leave your kids with us for an exciting day full of exploration, discovery, hands-on activities, field trips, and more!  Learn More…

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Nature Writing Workshop, 4-Part Class

February 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until February 26, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$70 – $80

Location: MNHC Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Explore various forms of nature writing, then research and write your own Field Note during this workshop-based four-part class! Instructors: Allison De Jong, writer, naturalist, and editor of Montana Naturalist magazine and Field Notes on Montana Public Radio Drew Lefebvre, naturalist, writer, and MNHC's Museum Programs Coordinator In this four-part class, you'll work with Field Notes editor Allison De Jong, naturalist Drew Lefebvre, and your fellow participants to research, write, and workshop your…

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Treading Lightly Lecture Series: Bitterroot Valley Winter Eagle Project: The Rise of Scavengers and Citizen Scientists

February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$5 – $10

From time immemorial, humans have found ways to explore, learn from, and connect with the natural world. We do this in a variety of ways, some of which leave more footprints than others. This year, our lecture series explores how we can study and observe the natural world while doing our best to minimize our impact. Join us as biologists, philosophers, conservationists, and more share their work and their views on how to learn from nature while treading lightly. Our…

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Geology 4-Part Brown Bag Lecture Series

February 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until February 27, 2020

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

DATES: February 6, 13, 20, and 27 TIME: 12:00-1:00 p.m.  Bring a sack lunch if you like and make it a geology lunch break! LOCATION: Montana Natural History Center Join geologist Bruce Baty for a 4-part series of illustrated geology lectures. This program provides an overview of geological concepts through specific examples. Bruce will guide you on a geologic tour of Glacier and various Utah National Parks, discuss the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens, and demonstrate the stories rocks tell…

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Saturday Kids’ Activity | Animals in Winter

February 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on February 22, 2020 at 2:00 pm

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

How do animals stay warm in winter and navigate the snow and storms? Find out during this drop-in program! Come see and touch a variety of winter animal furs and learn about the winter animal lifestyle. Deer grow special hollow hairs to trap insulation. Weasels turn white to blend in with their surroundings. Great blue herons can stand in frigid rivers without getting frost-bite. Drop in anytime between 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 8th or 22nd.

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Nature Writing Workshop, 4-Part Class

February 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until February 26, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$70 – $80

Location: MNHC Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Explore various forms of nature writing, then research and write your own Field Note during this workshop-based four-part class! Instructors: Allison De Jong, writer, naturalist, and editor of Montana Naturalist magazine and Field Notes on Montana Public Radio Drew Lefebvre, naturalist, writer, and MNHC's Museum Programs Coordinator In this four-part class, you'll work with Field Notes editor Allison De Jong, naturalist Drew Lefebvre, and your fellow participants to research, write, and workshop your…

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Drop in with a Naturalist

February 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free with Admission

Second and fourth Wednesday of the month Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. February Theme: Drawing Birds with Jenah Mead March Theme: Drawing Insects with Jenah Mead Spend a relaxing morning drawing and painting specimens from MNHC's collections alongside artist and naturalist Jenah Mead. Jenah will share her techniques and offer guidance as you create your own nature-themed art based on the month's theme. All skill levels are welcome to drop in for all or part of the session. Drawing…

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Geology 4-Part Brown Bag Lecture Series

February 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until February 27, 2020

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

DATES: February 6, 13, 20, and 27 TIME: 12:00-1:00 p.m.  Bring a sack lunch if you like and make it a geology lunch break! LOCATION: Montana Natural History Center Join geologist Bruce Baty for a 4-part series of illustrated geology lectures. This program provides an overview of geological concepts through specific examples. Bruce will guide you on a geologic tour of Glacier and various Utah National Parks, discuss the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens, and demonstrate the stories rocks tell…

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Wild About Nature Hosted by Girl Scouts of Southwest Montana

February 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$15

Is your girl wild about nature? Does she get buzzed about bugs or enchanted with ecosystems? Join Girl Scouts as we discover the natural world while exploring STEM! This program, in partnership with the Montana Natural History Center, will guide attendees through a series of activities and lessons to engage their inner naturalist. Girls will discover wonders of the natural world, meet MNHC staff, learn how to nature journal, and discuss how to treat the world around them. All Go-getters,…

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March 2020

Western Wildlife: History and Lore 4-Part Brown Bag Lecture Series

March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until March 26, 2020

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until March 26, 2020

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

DATES: Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26 TIME: 12:00-1:30 p.m.  Bring a sack lunch if you like and make it a wildlife lunch break! LOCATION: Montana Natural History Center Take an educational lunch break with Lee Silliman presenting Western Wildlife: History and Lore. This 4-Part Brown Bag Lecture Series will provide absorbing details about the history of our iconic wildlife. Pack a lunch, enjoy coffee and tea on us, sit back and learn! This course will vividly sketch portraits of…

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CANCELED – Drop in with a Naturalist

March 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free with Admission
Nature Journal

Second and fourth Wednesday of the month Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. March Theme: Drawing Insects with Jenah Mead Spend a relaxing morning drawing and painting specimens from MNHC's collections alongside artist and naturalist Jenah Mead. Jenah will share her techniques and offer guidance as you create your own nature-themed art based on the month's theme. All skill levels are welcome to drop in for all or part of the session. Drawing materials will be provided, but participants are…

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Treading Lightly Lecture Series: Go Find It! Digging Deeper on Conservation Detection Dogs

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$5 – $10

From time immemorial, humans have found ways to explore, learn from, and connect with the natural world. We do this in a variety of ways, some of which leave more footprints than others. This year, our lecture series explores how we can study and observe the natural world while doing our best to minimize our impact. Join us as biologists, philosophers, conservationists, and more share their work and their views on how to learn from nature while treading lightly. Our…

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Western Wildlife: History and Lore 4-Part Brown Bag Lecture Series

March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until March 26, 2020

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until March 26, 2020

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

DATES: Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26 TIME: 12:00-1:30 p.m.  Bring a sack lunch if you like and make it a wildlife lunch break! LOCATION: Montana Natural History Center Take an educational lunch break with Lee Silliman presenting Western Wildlife: History and Lore. This 4-Part Brown Bag Lecture Series will provide absorbing details about the history of our iconic wildlife. Pack a lunch, enjoy coffee and tea on us, sit back and learn! This course will vividly sketch portraits of…

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CANCELED – Saturday Kids’ Activity | Rockhounding

March 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on March 28, 2020 at 2:00 pm

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

Due to concerns about COVID-19, Saturday Kids' Activities are canceled until further notice. Stay healthy, friends! 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…

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CANCELED – School’s Out Camp | Explore Nature with MNHC for Spring Break

March 16 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until March 20, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$45 – $50

Due to concerns about COVID-19, our School's Out Spring Break camps are canceled. Stay healthy, friends! March 16-20th: Explore Nature with MNHC During Spring Break! This MCPS spring break, elementary school students can join MNHC naturalists for a day–or a week–of fun and learning outdoors. Each day will be led by MNHC’s professional teaching naturalists, and will feature different hands-on nature explorations, field trips, creative activities, and time for free play in nature. We will take hikes, explore local natural…

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CANCELED – School’s Out Camp | Explore Nature with MNHC for Spring Break

March 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until March 20, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$45 – $50

Due to concerns about COVID-19, our School's Out Spring Break camps are canceled. Stay healthy, friends! March 16-20th: Explore Nature with MNHC During Spring Break! This MCPS spring break, elementary school students can join MNHC naturalists for a day–or a week–of fun and learning outdoors. Each day will be led by MNHC’s professional teaching naturalists, and will feature different hands-on nature explorations, field trips, creative activities, and time for free play in nature. We will take hikes, explore local natural…

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CANCELED – School’s Out Camp | Explore Nature with MNHC for Spring Break

March 18 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until March 20, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$45 – $50

Due to concerns about COVID-19, our School's Out Spring Break camps are canceled. Stay healthy, friends! March 16-20th: Explore Nature with MNHC During Spring Break! This MCPS spring break, elementary school students can join MNHC naturalists for a day–or a week–of fun and learning outdoors. Each day will be led by MNHC’s professional teaching naturalists, and will feature different hands-on nature explorations, field trips, creative activities, and time for free play in nature. We will take hikes, explore local natural…

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CANCELED – School’s Out Camp | Explore Nature with MNHC for Spring Break

March 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until March 20, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$45 – $50

Due to concerns about COVID-19, our School's Out Spring Break camps are canceled. Stay healthy, friends! March 16-20th: Explore Nature with MNHC During Spring Break! This MCPS spring break, elementary school students can join MNHC naturalists for a day–or a week–of fun and learning outdoors. Each day will be led by MNHC’s professional teaching naturalists, and will feature different hands-on nature explorations, field trips, creative activities, and time for free play in nature. We will take hikes, explore local natural…

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CANCELED – miniNaturalist Pre-K Program

March 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until March 19, 2020

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

Due to concerns about COVID-19, the miniNaturalist Pre-K programs are canceled until further notice. Stay healthy, friends! The miniNaturalist pre-K program encourages curiosity for the natural world. Dates: Every Thursday, September – May Time: 10:00-11:00 am NEW in 2020! To meet the needs of multiple ages, the program will focus on learner directed stations including sensory, art, imaginative play, literacy, and science. We have an adult station too! With coffee, tea, natural history explorations and tips on how to engage your…

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Western Wildlife: History and Lore 4-Part Brown Bag Lecture Series

March 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until March 26, 2020

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until March 26, 2020

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

DATES: Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26 TIME: 12:00-1:30 p.m.  Bring a sack lunch if you like and make it a wildlife lunch break! LOCATION: Montana Natural History Center Take an educational lunch break with Lee Silliman presenting Western Wildlife: History and Lore. This 4-Part Brown Bag Lecture Series will provide absorbing details about the history of our iconic wildlife. Pack a lunch, enjoy coffee and tea on us, sit back and learn! This course will vividly sketch portraits of…

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CANCELED – School’s Out Camp | Explore Nature with MNHC for Spring Break

March 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until March 20, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$45 – $50

Due to concerns about COVID-19, our School's Out Spring Break camps are canceled. Stay healthy, friends! March 16-20th: Explore Nature with MNHC During Spring Break! This MCPS spring break, elementary school students can join MNHC naturalists for a day–or a week–of fun and learning outdoors. Each day will be led by MNHC’s professional teaching naturalists, and will feature different hands-on nature explorations, field trips, creative activities, and time for free play in nature. We will take hikes, explore local natural…

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CANCELED – Drop in with a Naturalist

March 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free with Admission
Nature Journal

Second and fourth Wednesday of the month Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. March Theme: Drawing Insects with Jenah Mead Spend a relaxing morning drawing and painting specimens from MNHC's collections alongside artist and naturalist Jenah Mead. Jenah will share her techniques and offer guidance as you create your own nature-themed art based on the month's theme. All skill levels are welcome to drop in for all or part of the session. Drawing materials will be provided, but participants are…

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CANCELED – Naturalist Trivia Night with the Clark Fork Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society

March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$5

Due to concerns about COVID-19, this month's Naturalist Trivia Night is canceled. Stay healthy, friends! Get ready for spring with a Naturalist Trivia Night hosted by members of the Clark Fork Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society! What is our state tree? Join a team when you arrive or bring a crew to compete in a plant themed Naturalist Trivia Night. Show off your skills or come to learn something new- trivia nights are fun for any background level.…

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Western Wildlife: History and Lore 4-Part Brown Bag Lecture Series

March 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until March 26, 2020

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until March 26, 2020

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

DATES: Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26 TIME: 12:00-1:30 p.m.  Bring a sack lunch if you like and make it a wildlife lunch break! LOCATION: Montana Natural History Center Take an educational lunch break with Lee Silliman presenting Western Wildlife: History and Lore. This 4-Part Brown Bag Lecture Series will provide absorbing details about the history of our iconic wildlife. Pack a lunch, enjoy coffee and tea on us, sit back and learn! This course will vividly sketch portraits of…

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CANCELED – Saturday Kids’ Activity | Rockhounding

March 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on March 28, 2020 at 2:00 pm

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

Due to concerns about COVID-19, Saturday Kids' Activities are canceled until further notice. Stay healthy, friends! 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…

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April 2020

CANCELLED – Wildflower Art Lecture with the Native Plant Society

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
free

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. DATE: Thursday, April 9 TIME: 7:00 p.m. LOCATION: Montana Natural History Center The Clark Fork Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society is hosting a Wildflower Art lecture at the Montana Natural History Center! Stephanie Frostad, Kristi Hager, Kendahl Jan Jub, Rosella Mosteller, and Nancy Seiler will present their wildflower art in an illustrated program and tell us stories about their art and the flowers. This lecture will get you ready for spring flower viewing…

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The Age of the Coronapocene Webinar Series: Natural History

April 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free

Join us for our new webinar series: The Age of the Coronapocene, a collaboration between the University of Montana and the Montana Natural History Center. What are viruses? Where did COVID-19 come from? Why is social distancing so important? What does the science tell us? Join us for answers to these questions and more as we explore informative, real, and heartfelt discussions over the reality of living with the novel coronavirus. Ask questions, share comments, and engage with our expert…

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CANCELED – Saturday Kids’ Activity: Explore the Watershed

April 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on April 25, 2020 at 2:00 pm

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

Due to concerns about COVID-19, Saturday Kids' Activities are canceled until further notice. Stay healthy, friends! Come by and explore our Clark Fork river watershed with a fun interactive floor model. Move people, trees, buildings, and animals around on the map as you learn about the many interrelated parts of our watershed. You can see where the Clark Fork begins, which mountains drain water into our local rivers and learn about human impacts. Create your own beautiful map of the…

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NatureWebs #4: Making Mountains: Adventures in Topography Part 1

April 14 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free

Join us for NatureWebs: FREE Science & Nature Webinars from the Montana Natural History Center.  How can we represent a three-dimensional landform on a two-dimensional piece of paper? How do map makers show elevation? Are all maps the same? Let’s take a look at all of these questions and more by making a mountain and then making a map! Join our Zoom webinar here: https://zoom.us/j/200966619?pwd=QTVZQ01HUGFQdmtVSmlZdzNxa1dsUT09 Password: 524698 New to Zoom? Learn how it works here. Please note that Zoom does not need to…

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The Age of the Coronapocene Webinar Series: Epidemiology

April 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free

Join us for our new webinar series: The Age of the Coronapocene, a collaboration between the University of Montana and the Montana Natural History Center. What are viruses? Where did COVID-19 come from? Why is social distancing so important? What does the science tell us? Join us for answers to these questions and more as we explore informative, real, and heartfelt discussions over the reality of living with the novel coronavirus. Ask questions, share comments, and engage with our expert panel…

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The Age of the Coronapocene Webinar Series: Social Distancing

April 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free

Join us for our new webinar series: The Age of the Coronapocene, a collaboration between the University of Montana and the Montana Natural History Center. What are viruses? Where did COVID-19 come from? Why is social distancing so important? What does the science tell us? Join us for answers to these questions and more as we explore informative, real, and heartfelt discussions over the reality of living with the novel coronavirus. Ask questions, share comments, and engage with our expert panel…

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CANCELED – Saturday Kids’ Activity: Explore the Watershed

April 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on April 25, 2020 at 2:00 pm

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

Due to concerns about COVID-19, Saturday Kids' Activities are canceled until further notice. Stay healthy, friends! Come by and explore our Clark Fork river watershed with a fun interactive floor model. Move people, trees, buildings, and animals around on the map as you learn about the many interrelated parts of our watershed. You can see where the Clark Fork begins, which mountains drain water into our local rivers and learn about human impacts. Create your own beautiful map of the…

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CANCELED – Sip and Sketch: LIVE Hawk Gesture Drawing

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$30 – $35

Due to concerns about COVID-19, Sip and Sketch events are canceled until further notice. Stay healthy, friends! DATE: Wednesday, April 29 TIME: 7:00-9:00 p.m. LOCATION: Montana Natural History Center Grinnell, a beautiful red-tailed hawk, will be our special live model for this Sip and Sketch evening. She will be accompanied by her handler and falconer Everett Headley. We will get started with an introduction to gesture drawing with our resident artist and naturalist Jenah Mead. Gesture drawing captures poses, movement, and…

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May 2020

Field Notes Writing Workshop, 6-Part Class

May 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until June 11, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$70 – $90

Location: Virtual Classroom through Zoom Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28 and June 4 & 11 Time: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM Explore various forms of nature writing, then research and write your own Field Note during this online, workshop-based six-part class! Instructors: Allison De Jong, writer, naturalist, and editor of Montana Naturalist magazine and Field Notes on Montana Public Radio Drew Lefebvre, naturalist, writer, and MNHC's Museum Programs Coordinator In this six-part class, you'll work with Field Notes editor Allison De Jong, naturalist Drew Lefebvre, and your fellow participants to research, write,…

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CANCELED – Saturday Kids’ Activity: Insect Investigations

May 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on May 23, 2020 at 2:00 pm

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

Due to concerns about COVID-19, Saturday Kids’ Activities are canceled until further notice. Stay healthy, friends! Spring brings insect investigations! 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. Use a field guide outside or bring what you find back…

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Getting to Know Flowers: Three-Part Virtual Series for Kids

May 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until May 27, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$30 – $50

Please join us for a three-part series on getting to know flowers! This class is geared to students in 3rd-6th grade and will meet via Zoom at 11am on Wednesdays (May 13, 20, 27) for interactive, one-hour lessons. Students will learn to identify flower anatomy, flower families, and specific flowers. Each week, students will be given assignments to hone their naturalist skills as they learn to identify flowers in their area and bring this knowledge to each class. All students…

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Field Notes Writing Workshop, 6-Part Class

May 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until June 11, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$70 – $90

Location: Virtual Classroom through Zoom Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28 and June 4 & 11 Time: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM Explore various forms of nature writing, then research and write your own Field Note during this online, workshop-based six-part class! Instructors: Allison De Jong, writer, naturalist, and editor of Montana Naturalist magazine and Field Notes on Montana Public Radio Drew Lefebvre, naturalist, writer, and MNHC's Museum Programs Coordinator In this six-part class, you'll work with Field Notes editor Allison De Jong, naturalist Drew Lefebvre, and your fellow participants to research, write,…

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Getting to Know Flowers: Three-Part Virtual Series for Kids

May 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until May 27, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$30 – $50

Please join us for a three-part series on getting to know flowers! This class is geared to students in 3rd-6th grade and will meet via Zoom at 11am on Wednesdays (May 13, 20, 27) for interactive, one-hour lessons. Students will learn to identify flower anatomy, flower families, and specific flowers. Each week, students will be given assignments to hone their naturalist skills as they learn to identify flowers in their area and bring this knowledge to each class. All students…

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Field Notes Writing Workshop, 6-Part Class

May 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until June 11, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$70 – $90

Location: Virtual Classroom through Zoom Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28 and June 4 & 11 Time: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM Explore various forms of nature writing, then research and write your own Field Note during this online, workshop-based six-part class! Instructors: Allison De Jong, writer, naturalist, and editor of Montana Naturalist magazine and Field Notes on Montana Public Radio Drew Lefebvre, naturalist, writer, and MNHC's Museum Programs Coordinator In this six-part class, you'll work with Field Notes editor Allison De Jong, naturalist Drew Lefebvre, and your fellow participants to research, write,…

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CANCELED – Saturday Kids’ Activity: Insect Investigations

May 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on May 23, 2020 at 2:00 pm

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

Due to concerns about COVID-19, Saturday Kids’ Activities are canceled until further notice. Stay healthy, friends! Spring brings insect investigations! 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. Use a field guide outside or bring what you find back…

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Getting to Know Flowers: Three-Part Virtual Series for Kids

May 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until May 27, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$30 – $50

Please join us for a three-part series on getting to know flowers! This class is geared to students in 3rd-6th grade and will meet via Zoom at 11am on Wednesdays (May 13, 20, 27) for interactive, one-hour lessons. Students will learn to identify flower anatomy, flower families, and specific flowers. Each week, students will be given assignments to hone their naturalist skills as they learn to identify flowers in their area and bring this knowledge to each class. All students…

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Field Notes Writing Workshop, 6-Part Class

May 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until June 11, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$70 – $90

Location: Virtual Classroom through Zoom Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28 and June 4 & 11 Time: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM Explore various forms of nature writing, then research and write your own Field Note during this online, workshop-based six-part class! Instructors: Allison De Jong, writer, naturalist, and editor of Montana Naturalist magazine and Field Notes on Montana Public Radio Drew Lefebvre, naturalist, writer, and MNHC's Museum Programs Coordinator In this six-part class, you'll work with Field Notes editor Allison De Jong, naturalist Drew Lefebvre, and your fellow participants to research, write,…

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Montana Natural History Center’s 
2020 Virtual Luncheon


May 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$100

This event has passed.  Thank you for your support! Your gift of $100 will give a child in need the opportunity to catch her first fish, look at his first macroinvertebrate with a microscope, splash in the river, identify wildflowers on the hillside, and discover a sense of place through outdoor discovery. For nearly a decade, we have gathered to celebrate spring and raise vital funds to provide kids in need with access to outdoor education opportunities. This year, COVID-19 is…

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June 2020

Field Notes Writing Workshop, 6-Part Class

June 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until June 11, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$70 – $90

Location: Virtual Classroom through Zoom Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28 and June 4 & 11 Time: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM Explore various forms of nature writing, then research and write your own Field Note during this online, workshop-based six-part class! Instructors: Allison De Jong, writer, naturalist, and editor of Montana Naturalist magazine and Field Notes on Montana Public Radio Drew Lefebvre, naturalist, writer, and MNHC's Museum Programs Coordinator In this six-part class, you'll work with Field Notes editor Allison De Jong, naturalist Drew Lefebvre, and your fellow participants to research, write,…

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Plants in the Park with Peter Lesica

June 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$35 – $40

Date: Saturday, June 6 Time: 9:00-noon Location: Meet at the Greenough Park parking area Greenough Park along Rattlesnake Creek is one of Missoula’s crown jewels. Spend the morning with botanist Peter Lesica learning about the flowers, trees and shrubs and their ecology found in this accessible riparian area.  Greenough has a lovely variety of plants to behold in late spring; some of them rare in Montana. We will wander through the park abiding by social distancing recommendations. Peter will point out…

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Summer Master Naturalist Course

June 8 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until June 12, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$395 – $425
Montana Master Naturalists examine purply-blue camas flowers at Packer Meadows near Lolo Pass.

Our certification courses consist of at least 40 hours of instruction in a mix of lectures, in-class labs, and outdoor field trips. We’ll cover a wide breadth of topics with the goal of giving you an essential foundation of skill and knowledge on which you can build. June 8-12, 2020 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. This is a five-day intensive course held in June each year. Class meets from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Christine Morris, Community Programs Coordinator at the…

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Summer Master Naturalist Course

June 9 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until June 12, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$395 – $425
Montana Master Naturalists examine purply-blue camas flowers at Packer Meadows near Lolo Pass.

Our certification courses consist of at least 40 hours of instruction in a mix of lectures, in-class labs, and outdoor field trips. We’ll cover a wide breadth of topics with the goal of giving you an essential foundation of skill and knowledge on which you can build. June 8-12, 2020 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. This is a five-day intensive course held in June each year. Class meets from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Christine Morris, Community Programs Coordinator at the…

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Summer Master Naturalist Course

June 10 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until June 12, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$395 – $425
Montana Master Naturalists examine purply-blue camas flowers at Packer Meadows near Lolo Pass.

Our certification courses consist of at least 40 hours of instruction in a mix of lectures, in-class labs, and outdoor field trips. We’ll cover a wide breadth of topics with the goal of giving you an essential foundation of skill and knowledge on which you can build. June 8-12, 2020 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. This is a five-day intensive course held in June each year. Class meets from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Christine Morris, Community Programs Coordinator at the…

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Summer Master Naturalist Course

June 11 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until June 12, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$395 – $425
Montana Master Naturalists examine purply-blue camas flowers at Packer Meadows near Lolo Pass.

Our certification courses consist of at least 40 hours of instruction in a mix of lectures, in-class labs, and outdoor field trips. We’ll cover a wide breadth of topics with the goal of giving you an essential foundation of skill and knowledge on which you can build. June 8-12, 2020 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. This is a five-day intensive course held in June each year. Class meets from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Christine Morris, Community Programs Coordinator at the…

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Field Notes Writing Workshop, 6-Part Class

June 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until June 11, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$70 – $90

Location: Virtual Classroom through Zoom Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28 and June 4 & 11 Time: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM Explore various forms of nature writing, then research and write your own Field Note during this online, workshop-based six-part class! Instructors: Allison De Jong, writer, naturalist, and editor of Montana Naturalist magazine and Field Notes on Montana Public Radio Drew Lefebvre, naturalist, writer, and MNHC's Museum Programs Coordinator In this six-part class, you'll work with Field Notes editor Allison De Jong, naturalist Drew Lefebvre, and your fellow participants to research, write,…

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Summer Master Naturalist Course

June 12 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until June 12, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$395 – $425
Montana Master Naturalists examine purply-blue camas flowers at Packer Meadows near Lolo Pass.

Our certification courses consist of at least 40 hours of instruction in a mix of lectures, in-class labs, and outdoor field trips. We’ll cover a wide breadth of topics with the goal of giving you an essential foundation of skill and knowledge on which you can build. June 8-12, 2020 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. This is a five-day intensive course held in June each year. Class meets from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Christine Morris, Community Programs Coordinator at the…

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Family FieldStudies: Monarchs, Milkweed, & Mysteries

June 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until June 24, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$2 – $20

What do mountains have to do with monarch migration? Why are monarchs orange? Why does milkweed matter? Join Maggie Hirschauer, zoologist and Bitterroot Monarch Project Coordinator at the MPG Ranch, for a two-part series that explores these questions and more! Participants will gain access to two engaging videos that introduce the life cycle of monarchs, the relationship between monarchs and milkweed, defenses of the monarch, parasitoids and captive rearing of this amazing arthropod. Participants are encouraged to submit questions to the scientist…

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Family FieldStudies: Monarchs, Milkweed, & Mysteries

June 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until June 24, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$2 – $20

What do mountains have to do with monarch migration? Why are monarchs orange? Why does milkweed matter? Join Maggie Hirschauer, zoologist and Bitterroot Monarch Project Coordinator at the MPG Ranch, for a two-part series that explores these questions and more! Participants will gain access to two engaging videos that introduce the life cycle of monarchs, the relationship between monarchs and milkweed, defenses of the monarch, parasitoids and captive rearing of this amazing arthropod. Participants are encouraged to submit questions to the scientist…

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Naturalist Field Day: Birding the Hellgate Canyon with Naturalist Pat Jamieson

June 27 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$35 – $40

LOCATION: MEET AT UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA'S "M" TRAILHEAD Date: Saturday, June 27 TIME: 9:00 AM - noon Spend the morning birding the Hellgate Canyon and riparian bench along the Clark Fork river with retired National Bison Range ranger, Pat Jamieson. This program will be enjoyable for all background levels though tips and guidance will be especially geared to the beginning and intermediate birder. Pat is an excellent instructor with years of experience and will help you gain and practice skills.…

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July 2020

Closed for 4th of July

July 4
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States

MNHC will be closed on July 4th. Have a wonderful holiday!

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NatureWebs: Super Spider Edition with Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium

July 7 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
Free

Date: Tuesday, July 7th, 10:30-11:00 AM MST Join us for this eight-legged edition of NatureWebs! Our friends at the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium will cover everything from spider anatomy and feeding habits to how they grow and defend themselves. We’ll meet a wide range of spiders and dispel old and inaccurate spider myths. We’ll even feed Rosie the tarantula to help us better understand the unique way that spiders catch and digest their food. Register for our Zoom webinar…

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August 2020

CANCELED-PaddleHead Baseball Community Night

August 12 @ 7:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$12

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 Conservation & Environment - Missoula PaddleHeads vs Rocky Mountain Vibes  Join Montana Natural History Center at the ballpark on Wednesday, August 12th as your Missoula PaddleHeads take on the Rocky Mountain Vibes. This season, every Wednesday home game highlights a different theme encompassing local non-profits. On this night we will be celebrating Conservation and the Environment in the Missoula Community.

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POSTPONED UNTIL 2021 | Master Astronomer Train-the-Trainer Workshop

August 21 @ 6:00 pm - August 23 @ 5:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$40 – $70

  DATES: SORRY! THIS COURSE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO AUGUST 2021 DUE TO COVID CONCERNS TIME: Friday: 6:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., Sunday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. LOCATION: Montana Natural History Center The Montana Natural History is pleased to offer a weekend workshop for individuals interested in engaging in astronomy outreach and dark sky advocacy. This workshop will be based on materials from the Master Astronomer Program created by the National Park Service in collaboration with Cedar Breaks…

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September 2020

Fall Online Master Naturalist Course

September 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 17, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$300 – $330

Fall Online Certification Course 2020 Tuesdays, September 1st – November 17th, 2020 4:00-6:00 p.m. Our immersive online certification course will help you develop a naturalist state of mind and essential skills through a blend of recorded webinars, live online classes, guided independent study, and an in-person field weekend. Engage with the course anytime, anywhere. The online format can fit your schedule. Though attending the field weekend and live online classes is highly encouraged, they will be recorded and supplemental material can be provided. …

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Closed for Labor Day

September 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States

MNHC will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 7. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Fall Online Master Naturalist Course

September 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 17, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$300 – $330

Fall Online Certification Course 2020 Tuesdays, September 1st – November 17th, 2020 4:00-6:00 p.m. Our immersive online certification course will help you develop a naturalist state of mind and essential skills through a blend of recorded webinars, live online classes, guided independent study, and an in-person field weekend. Engage with the course anytime, anywhere. The online format can fit your schedule. Though attending the field weekend and live online classes is highly encouraged, they will be recorded and supplemental material can be provided. …

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Cancelled Nature Photography 4-Part Class

September 11 @ 2:08 am
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$195 – $205

Photo by Kathy Eyster DATES: October 8, 15, 22, 29 TIME: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. LOCATIONS: Class 1. 10/8. Meet at the the Visitor Center at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge Class 2. 10/15. Meet at Maclay Flats. Class 3. 10/22. Meet at the Kelly Island Spurgin St. Fishing Access. Class 4. 10/29. Meet at the Montana Natural History Center. We will convene in the gardens at the east side of the builidng. Learn nature photography techniques from the masters and…

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Fall Online Master Naturalist Course

September 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 17, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$300 – $330

Fall Online Certification Course 2020 Tuesdays, September 1st – November 17th, 2020 4:00-6:00 p.m. Our immersive online certification course will help you develop a naturalist state of mind and essential skills through a blend of recorded webinars, live online classes, guided independent study, and an in-person field weekend. Engage with the course anytime, anywhere. The online format can fit your schedule. Though attending the field weekend and live online classes is highly encouraged, they will be recorded and supplemental material can be provided. …

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Geology Tour by Car and Foot 2-Part Class with Bruce Baty

September 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until September 24, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$50 – $55

DATES: September 17 & 24 TIME: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. LOCATION: September 17 - meet at the Montana Natural History Center September 24 - meet at the 'M' trailhead Get an extra-special view of the geological process shaping our local landscape with geologist Bruce Baty. These two classes, one driving, one hiking, will cover major topics such as Glacial Lake Missoula, faulting, river bed dynamics, erosion, and more. Gain a foundational understanding of our fascinating geology here in Missoula through in-depth…

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Fall Online Master Naturalist Course

September 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 17, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$300 – $330

Fall Online Certification Course 2020 Tuesdays, September 1st – November 17th, 2020 4:00-6:00 p.m. Our immersive online certification course will help you develop a naturalist state of mind and essential skills through a blend of recorded webinars, live online classes, guided independent study, and an in-person field weekend. Engage with the course anytime, anywhere. The online format can fit your schedule. Though attending the field weekend and live online classes is highly encouraged, they will be recorded and supplemental material can be provided. …

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Geology Tour by Car and Foot 2-Part Class with Bruce Baty

September 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until September 24, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$50 – $55

DATES: September 17 & 24 TIME: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. LOCATION: September 17 - meet at the Montana Natural History Center September 24 - meet at the 'M' trailhead Get an extra-special view of the geological process shaping our local landscape with geologist Bruce Baty. These two classes, one driving, one hiking, will cover major topics such as Glacial Lake Missoula, faulting, river bed dynamics, erosion, and more. Gain a foundational understanding of our fascinating geology here in Missoula through in-depth…

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Fall Online Master Naturalist Course

September 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 17, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$300 – $330

Fall Online Certification Course 2020 Tuesdays, September 1st – November 17th, 2020 4:00-6:00 p.m. Our immersive online certification course will help you develop a naturalist state of mind and essential skills through a blend of recorded webinars, live online classes, guided independent study, and an in-person field weekend. Engage with the course anytime, anywhere. The online format can fit your schedule. Though attending the field weekend and live online classes is highly encouraged, they will be recorded and supplemental material can be provided. …

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October 2020

Fall Online Master Naturalist Course

October 6 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 17, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$300 – $330

Fall Online Certification Course 2020 Tuesdays, September 1st – November 17th, 2020 4:00-6:00 p.m. Our immersive online certification course will help you develop a naturalist state of mind and essential skills through a blend of recorded webinars, live online classes, guided independent study, and an in-person field weekend. Engage with the course anytime, anywhere. The online format can fit your schedule. Though attending the field weekend and live online classes is highly encouraged, they will be recorded and supplemental material can be provided. …

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Montana Nature Week

October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:00 pm, repeating until October 9, 2020

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

Save the date for our biggest fundraiser of the year! Learn more and get tickets here!  

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Montana Nature Week

October 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:00 pm, repeating until October 9, 2020

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

Save the date for our biggest fundraiser of the year! Learn more and get tickets here!  

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Montana Nature Week

October 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:00 pm, repeating until October 9, 2020

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

Save the date for our biggest fundraiser of the year! Learn more and get tickets here!  

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Field Notes Writing Workshop – 6-Part Class

October 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, repeating until November 16, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$70 – $90

Location: Virtual Classroom through Zoom Dates: October 12, 19, 26 and November 2, 9, 16 Time: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM Explore various forms of nature writing, then research and write your own Field Note during this online, workshop-based six-part class! Instructors: Allison De Jong, writer, naturalist, and editor of Montana Naturalist magazine and Field Notes on Montana Public Radio Drew Lefebvre, naturalist, writer, and MNHC's Museum Programs Coordinator In this six-part class, you'll work with Field Notes editor Allison De Jong, naturalist Drew Lefebvre, and your fellow participants to research, write, and…

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Fall Online Master Naturalist Course

October 13 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 17, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$300 – $330

Fall Online Certification Course 2020 Tuesdays, September 1st – November 17th, 2020 4:00-6:00 p.m. Our immersive online certification course will help you develop a naturalist state of mind and essential skills through a blend of recorded webinars, live online classes, guided independent study, and an in-person field weekend. Engage with the course anytime, anywhere. The online format can fit your schedule. Though attending the field weekend and live online classes is highly encouraged, they will be recorded and supplemental material can be provided. …

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Saunter with a Naturalist in the Morning

October 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating until December 18, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$5 – $10

Date: Third Thursday of the month TIme: 10:00 a.m. - noon We also have a 5:00- 7:00 p.m. option, learn more here Location: will vary month to month October Location:  Maclay Flat Nature Trail Bring your curiosity and your own naturalist knowledge and join MNHC Naturalist Ser Anderson on a naturalist saunter. We will focus on exploring the changing seasons, making observations, following our curiosity, and learning from each other. Whether you are an experienced naturalist or just starting out,…

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Field Notes Writing Workshop – 6-Part Class

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, repeating until November 16, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$70 – $90

Location: Virtual Classroom through Zoom Dates: October 12, 19, 26 and November 2, 9, 16 Time: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM Explore various forms of nature writing, then research and write your own Field Note during this online, workshop-based six-part class! Instructors: Allison De Jong, writer, naturalist, and editor of Montana Naturalist magazine and Field Notes on Montana Public Radio Drew Lefebvre, naturalist, writer, and MNHC's Museum Programs Coordinator In this six-part class, you'll work with Field Notes editor Allison De Jong, naturalist Drew Lefebvre, and your fellow participants to research, write, and…

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Fall Online Master Naturalist Course

October 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 17, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$300 – $330

Fall Online Certification Course 2020 Tuesdays, September 1st – November 17th, 2020 4:00-6:00 p.m. Our immersive online certification course will help you develop a naturalist state of mind and essential skills through a blend of recorded webinars, live online classes, guided independent study, and an in-person field weekend. Engage with the course anytime, anywhere. The online format can fit your schedule. Though attending the field weekend and live online classes is highly encouraged, they will be recorded and supplemental material can be provided. …

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Saunter with a Naturalist in the Evening

October 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$5 – $10

Time:  5:00 p.m. - 7:00 pm. We also have a 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. option, learn more here. Location: will vary month to month October Location:  Maclay Flat Nature Trail Bring your curiosity and your own naturalist knowledge and join MNHC Naturalist Ser Anderson on a naturalist saunter. We will focus on exploring the changing seasons, making observations, following our curiosity, and learning from each other.  Whether you are an experienced naturalist or just starting out, this walk is for you. …

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(Second Offering!) Geology Tour by Car and Foot 2-Part Class

October 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until October 29, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$50 – $55

DATES: October 22 and 29 TIME: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. LOCATION: October 22 – meet at the ‘M’ trailhead October 29 – meet at the Montana Natural History Center Get an extra-special view of the geological process shaping our local landscape with geologist Bruce Baty. These two classes, one driving, one hiking, will cover major topics such as Glacial Lake Missoula, faulting, river bed dynamics, erosion, and more. Gain a foundational understanding of our fascinating geology here in Missoula through in-depth information and lively discussion!…

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Field Notes Writing Workshop – 6-Part Class

October 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, repeating until November 16, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$70 – $90

Location: Virtual Classroom through Zoom Dates: October 12, 19, 26 and November 2, 9, 16 Time: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM Explore various forms of nature writing, then research and write your own Field Note during this online, workshop-based six-part class! Instructors: Allison De Jong, writer, naturalist, and editor of Montana Naturalist magazine and Field Notes on Montana Public Radio Drew Lefebvre, naturalist, writer, and MNHC's Museum Programs Coordinator In this six-part class, you'll work with Field Notes editor Allison De Jong, naturalist Drew Lefebvre, and your fellow participants to research, write, and…

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Fall Online Master Naturalist Course

October 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 17, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$300 – $330

Fall Online Certification Course 2020 Tuesdays, September 1st – November 17th, 2020 4:00-6:00 p.m. Our immersive online certification course will help you develop a naturalist state of mind and essential skills through a blend of recorded webinars, live online classes, guided independent study, and an in-person field weekend. Engage with the course anytime, anywhere. The online format can fit your schedule. Though attending the field weekend and live online classes is highly encouraged, they will be recorded and supplemental material can be provided. …

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(Second Offering!) Geology Tour by Car and Foot 2-Part Class

October 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until October 29, 2020

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
$50 – $55

DATES: October 22 and 29 TIME: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. LOCATION: October 22 – meet at the ‘M’ trailhead October 29 – meet at the Montana Natural History Center Get an extra-special view of the geological process shaping our local landscape with geologist Bruce Baty. These two classes, one driving, one hiking, will cover major topics such as Glacial Lake Missoula, faulting, river bed dynamics, erosion, and more. Gain a foundational understanding of our fascinating geology here in Missoula through in-depth information and lively discussion!…

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