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Community Programs

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 

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, or FREE for members


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 or FREE for members


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. Different theme each week (see calendar).

$6/child or FREE for members.

Tickets available by clicking here


Special Events: Winter 2020

 

Nature Trivia Night

Thursday February 6th at 7pm

Spend a fun evening competing in the inaugural Nature Trivia Night at the Montana Audubon Center. Test your knowledge and learn more about Montana’s plants, animals, and geology. Meet other naturalists and join a team when you arrive, or bring some friends. We’ll have four rounds of questions to keep you on your toes. 

Bring your own beverages and snacks

$5 suggested donation or free for members

Advance registration is not required. 

 

Owl Prowl

Saturday February 22nd at 7pm

Come learn all about owls and the amazing adaptations that allow them to be skilled hunters and dwellers of the night. We’ll talk about the different species of owls that live in the area, and then we’ll head out for a night hike to look and listen for them. Come prepared to hike in near darkness on uneven ground: wear sturdy walking shoes and bring a flashlight.

$12/person, $7/members & students, or FREE for children under 12

Tickets available by clicking here

 

Natural History Happy Hour: Fungi & Lichen

Thursday March 12 at 7pm

This new series of evening programs features science, conversation, lectures and hikes. Each evening will focus on a unique natural history subject. We’ll provide light snacks and beverages. In March, join Wendy Velman from the BLM to learn about lichen and fungi, the often overlooked, yet crucial species right under our feet. We’ll have specimens for up-close investigation (bring a hand lens if you have one). 

$12/person or $7/members & students

Tickets available by clicking here

 

New Moon Night Hike

Friday March 27 at 7pm

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. 

$12/person, $7/members & students or FREE for children under 12

Tickets available by clicking here

 

Great Blue Heron Survey Training

Saturday April 11

Save the date! More info coming soon – in the meantime, click here to check out some of the survey work we’ve completed with the help of people just like you! 

 

 


Montana Master Naturalist Program

Overview

The goal 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 45 hours of classroom and field time. The Montana Audubon Center is the home for this program in Billings and works with the Montana Natural History Center (MNHC) in Missoula to offer state-wide certification. Students who complete the course become certified as Montana Master Naturalists through the MNHC. To maintain their certification, Montana Master Naturalists are required to log 20 hours of volunteer service and participate in 8 hours of continuing education annually.

 

Spring 2020 Certification Course (Thursdays March 19 – June 4)

This course is designed for adults who want to deepen their knowledge of the natural world. We’ll explore everything from birds and insects to geology and plant ID. You’ll hone your naturalist skills as we practice journaling, animal tracking, and the art of observation.

  • 12 weekly meetings
  • 5:30 – 8:00pm on Thursdays from March 19 – June 4
  • Includes two Saturday field trips (approximately 9am – 4pm on April 25 and May 30).

The course is taught by the MAC’s Community Programs Coordinator and certified Montana Master Naturalist Heather Bilden. Guest instructors from Rocky Mountain College, MSU-Billings and local government agencies lend their expertise on several of the subjects. The weekly classes include lectures, labs, and field trips. View the course syllabus here: Syllabus MAC S2020 (some elements are subject to change).

Please note: If you read about this course in our January e-newsletter, we apologize that it stated the wrong day of the week. The course is on Thursdays as stated above.

 

Registration Information

  • Cost: $350 or $315 for Audubon Center members
  • Full payment is due upon registration. The course fee (minus a $50 administrative fee) is refundable only if cancellation is made 30 days prior to the start of class. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after this deadline.
  • Ask us about scholarships!
  • REGISTER HERE

“The Master Naturalist class has truly enriched my life. I am more observant now than I ever was. How rewarding to know even more about the living things I share the environment with.” ~a former Billings Master Naturalist student

 

Naturalist Field Days

Field Days provide opportunities for continued in-depth and hands-on field experiences that build on the knowledge gained in the Master Naturalist Certification Course. Geared toward the Master Naturalist, but open to any curious outdoor explorer, our Field Days explore a variety of subjects and environments across the region. Stay tuned for Spring/Summer 2020 offerings!

 

 


Teacher Professional Development

Educator Trunk Show

Tuesday November 5th, 2019 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 hbildenATmtaudubon.org

 

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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