Community Programs

including recurring programs, special events, the Montana Master Naturalist program, teacher professional development opportunities and birthday parties.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Montana Audubon Center
7026 S. Billings Blvd., Billings, MT


Recurring Programs

Open House

June – August: Every Saturday from 11am – 3pm and Wednesdays 4 – 7pm

September – May: 3rd Saturday of the month from 11am – 3pm

Come explore and enjoy the great outdoors! Ask a naturalist your essential questions about animals and plants. Borrow a free nature knapsack with field guides, insect nets, and binoculars. Rent a canoe and explore the ponds (weather-permitting, $10/hour per canoe or free for members).

Morning Bird Stroll

2nd Saturday of every month from 8:30 – 10:00am

Enjoy a stroll by the river and learn a few birds along the way. Great for beginning birders. Binoculars and guidebooks available to check out. Families welcome! $10/person, $5/students and children, members free.

Weekend Wonders Family Programs

3rd Saturday of every month from 9:30 – 11:00am

These naturalist-led programs are designed for all ages of explorers. Every month features a different topic that will get you and your family outdoors, learning about the plants and animals in our big backyard. Monthly themes are posted on our website (see calendar). $5/person, members free.

Nature Nuts

Every Tuesday from 10 – 11am

Nature exploration comes naturally, especially for little kids! Children aged 1 to 4 (and an accompanying adult) join Montana Audubon teacher naturalists for guided outdoor play and learning about the local area. No registration required. $6/child or free for members. Different theme each week (check calendar).

Special Events: Fall 2019


Nature Journaling Workshop

Wednesday September 19th from 6:30 – 8pm

Nature journaling allows us to discover the natural world through art, writing, and science. It provides a way to slow down and to sharpen and focus our observation skills. During this workshop, we’ll practice several simple sketching and writing exercises to help us learn about and document the natural world. Pencils, colored pencils, and blank journals will be provided. Bring your own journal and additional supplies if desired. No experience is necessary!

$10/person, $5/members & students

Advance registration required here


Nature Walks at the Yellowstone Art Museum

August 15 and Sept 19 from 5:30 – 6:30pm

Montana Audubon will lead two indoor nature walks at the Yellowstone Art Museum to explore the geography and ecology behind Clyde Butcher’s gorgeous National Parks photographs. Heather Bilden will lead participants on a walk and talk through the images from 5:30 – 6:30 on August 15th with the theme of Wind & Water: Forces that Shape Landscapes. On September 19th, the topic will be Faults & Folds: Mountain Building. The Museum will be open until 8 both nights.

Programs are free to YAM members and free with the cost of admission for not-yet-members. 


Naturalist Field Day: Fungi and Flora of the Prairie

Saturday September 28 from 10am – 4pm

Join Botanist Wendy Velman from the BLM and Montana Master Naturalist Heather Bilden for a day of explorations on the prairie. Our investigations will focus on lichens – from the diversity of their structures and functions to the important role they play in nutrient cycling and soil health. Fall is a great time to examine grasses and we’ll learn about grass anatomy while we practice identifying native prairie grasses. We’ll also engage in discussions about some non-native plants including the yellow sweet clover that has been ubiquitous this year. 

We’ll meet at 10am at the Montana Audubon Center (7026 S. Billings Blvd.) for a brief introduction, and then head out to the Yellowstone River Wildlife Management Area. Coffee, tea, water and light snacks will be provided. Binoculars and field guides will be available for participants to borrow. Bring a hand lens (magnifying loupe), good walking shoes, warm layers, lunch, and water bottle. This course qualifies for 6 continuing education hours for Master Naturalist course graduates. 

$50/person or $45/members & students

Advance registration required here


Nature Walks at Terakedis Fine Art and Jewelry (112 N. Broadway, Billings, MT)

October 8 from 5:30 – 6:30pm

As our days get shorter and chillier, join us for an indoor nature walk at Terakedis Fine Art and Jewelry. During our journey through the Space and Species Art Show, we’ll explore the diverse ecosystems found in Montana from the mountains to plains grasslands and sagebrush steppe to riparian forests. We’ll discuss the unique birds common to each habitat and learn a bit about their life histories.

Free and open to the public. 


Scavenger Hunt at Terakedis Fine Art and Jewelry

October 12 from 10am – 3pm

Stop by to play during the Harvest Fest downtown. Explore the gallery looking for birds and habitats that match the clues on your game card. We’ll be giving out prizes!

Free and open to the public.


Full Moon Night Hike

Saturday October 12 and Saturday December 7 from 7 – 8:30pm 

Discover the world outdoors at night. Over cocoa and tea, we’ll talk about nocturnal animals and their special adaptations for life in the dark. Then we’ll go for a hike in search of these denizens of the night.  Bring warm layers, a flashlight and good walking shoes. 

$10/person, $5/members & students, free for children under 12

Advance registration required here (for October)

Advance registration required here (for December)


Bat Week Celebration

Friday November 1st from 4:30 – 6pm

Bat week is an annual, international celebration of the role of bats in nature. Although we may not always see them, bats are hard at work every night eating tons of insects, pollinating flowers, and spreading seeds that grow new plants and trees. Join us and MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks to learn about and celebrate these fascinating, flying mammals!

Free and family-friendly

No pre-registration necessary.


Outdoor Skills Exposition

Saturday November 2nd from 9:30 – 11:30am

Join MSU-Billings’ Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program for this family-friendly outdoor skills exposition. Learn all the essentials you need to get outdoors hiking and camping. Sessions will include essentials for an overnight backpacking trip, basic knots and hitches, fly casting, and essentials for day hikes and survival kits. 

Free for all!

Advance registration preferred here


Montana Master Naturalist

Spring 2020 course will begin in March and meet weekly for 12 weeks. Registration opens in January.

The focus of the Montana Master Naturalist Program is to increase natural history knowledge and promote awareness, understanding, and stewardship of Montana’s natural environment by developing a corps of well-informed citizens dedicated to conservation education and service within their communities. The core of this program is the Montana Master Naturalist Certification Course, which is approximately 40 hours of classroom and field time and offered in a variety of formats and schedules. The Montana Audubon Center is the Billings home for this program and works with the Montana Natural History Center in Missoula to offer state-wide certification.

Official Master Naturalist Certification is available from the Montana Natural History Center . The course has been approved for 40 OPI credits. We are also pursuing approval for step-up credits with School District #2 and professional development credits with MSU-B’s extended campus: stay tuned!


Teacher Professional Development

Educator Trunk Show

Tuesday November 5th from 4 – 6pm 

Calling all teachers! Join us for this FREE opportunity to learn about educational trunks available to borrow from the Bureau of Land Management, Montana FWP, the Montana Audubon Center and ZooMontana.

Snacks and Beverages from Thirsty Street Brewing Co. will be provided.

RSVPs appreciated by calling 406-294-5099 or email


Naturalist in a Day Teacher Workshop

Monday June 3rd or Thursday June 13th, 2019 from 8:30am – 3:30pm

The Naturalist in a Day Teacher Workshop is for K-12 teachers who want to deepen their knowledge of the natural world and learn to incorporate the study of natural history into their classrooms. We’ll teach you the skills you need to identify local plants and birds. We’ll also share some lessons you can use in your classroom to engage your students in hands-on science lessons that meet Next Generation Science Standards.

$40 or $36/members 

OPI and SD2 step-up credits available

Advance registration required here

Birthday Parties

Looking for a unique birthday party program? Make it a fun and educational adventure at the Montana Audubon Center. We offer parties for children ages 2 and up. All of our programs are hands-on, and encourage inquiry-based learning and fun. Click here for more information.

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