Montana Natural History Center


Mission Statement

The mission of the Montana Natural History Center is to promote and cultivate the appreciaton, understanding, and stewardship of nature through education.


Founded in 1991, MNHC was the brainchild of a group of educators who were involved in various efforts to educate both kids and adults about the natural history of western Montana, and who decided to unite those efforts into one environmental education organization. MNHC provides nature education programming for people of all ages through summer camps, kids’ activities, Visiting Naturalist in the Schools, Master Naturalist certification courses and Field Days, evening programs, Field Notes on Montana Public Radio, museum tours, and more.

Program Details

Youth Programming:
  • Visiting Naturalist in the Schools (4th- & 5th-grade program for 1700 students in 71 classrooms)
  • Summer Camps (30 full-day outdoor discovery camps, June-August, on a range of natural history topics)
  • miniNaturalist Pre-K program (offered weekly during the school year for kids aged 2-5)
  • Saturday Kids' Activities (offered twice monthly during the school year, a great program for families)
  • Homeschool Naturalists (school-year naturalist program for homeschool kids)
  • Museum Field Trips (providing educational programs for groups that come into our Center, as well as bringing programming into schools and other community centers)
Adult Programming:
  • Montana Master Naturalist Certification courses (13-week spring course, 1-week intensive summer course)
  • Evening Lecture series (six themed lectures per year; past themes include climate change and hunting & gathering)
  • Naturalist Field Days and Weekends (in-depth programs on topics ranging from birding, lichens, alpine wildflowers, geology, Glacial Lake Missoula, and more)
  • Naturalist Trivia (monthly program October-April, bringing in hosts from various conservation/environmental groups around Missoula)
  • Sip & Sketch (naturalist art evenings with local artists)

Primary Issue
Climate Change
Secondary Issue
120 Hickory Street, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801
United States
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