Family Programs


Open House

October 2021                                                                          Third Saturday of the month from 11am-1pm 

Bring your friends and family down to the Center to celebrate the change of seasons in nature! Explore and enjoy the ponds, the wildlife and the changes in our plants as we move from summer to fall. Ask a naturalist your essential questions, borrow field guides, insect nets, and binoculars, or get in a canoe and explore the ponds! Choose your own adventure and enjoy this special time outside with your loved ones.

Suggested donation $10/hour per canoe. Free for members!

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Nature Nuts

Tuesdays from 10 – 11am
Year Round

Nature exploration comes naturally, especially for little kids! Children ages 1 to 4 (and an accompanying adult) join Montana Audubon teacher naturalists for guided outdoor play and learning about the local area. Weekly themes are posted below on our calendar.

FREE for members – become a member today!

Suggested donation of $5/child

Advance registration is REQUIRED by clicking here

October Themes:

October 5th- Going Batty

October 12th- Spectacular Spiders

October 19th- Campfire Stories & S’More!

October 26th- Pumpkin Fun

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 below and on our  calendar.

Upcoming Themes:

October- Native Plant and Seed Swap

Come visit us on October 16th to participate in a native plant and seed swap! Bring your families and friends to pick and trade seeds in preparation for gardening next spring. If you plan on bringing seeds to share, we encourage that they be from plants that can be found locally in Montana. Any extra seeds that are left over will be donated to the Community Seed Bank at First Christian Church.

Suggested donation of $5/person

FREE for members become a member today!

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Birthday Parties

Need a new outdoor option for birthday parties this year?!


Put a unique twist on your child’s birthday party! 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. Join us for our 2 hour birthday party events!

Cost is $140 for up to 15 children. Parties larger than 15 children are $190.

Email Alina Garner at [email protected] or call 406-294-5099 to inquire and reserve a time.

What you bring:

  • Food, decorations (no helium balloons, please!), party favors, etc.
  • Dishware and utensils
  • Excited kids and their supervising parents

What we provide:

  • Use of the large classroom at the Norm Schoenthal Field Lab
  • Tables, chairs, picnic shelter, firepit, water, and restrooms
  • Access to the Montana Audubon Center site and adjacent Yellowstone River trail system
  • A one-hour program on any of the themes listed below and an hour of birthday celebration (2 hrs total)
  • A special gift for the birthday kid!
  • Available rental of our gas barbeque grill ($15)

Party Themes

  • Tricky Tracks & Animal Signs: Learn about animal tracks and other signs they leave behind. Go on a scavenger hunt in search of animals at the Center.
  • Bird Brains: Learn what makes birds special, and how to identify some common residents. See if you can communicate with your flock of friends just like birds do. (*Owl Pellets can be an option-add $30 to the base fee.)
  • Bug Out: Discover what makes insects and spiders unique. Collect them with nets, and get up close and personal to them with magnifying glasses.
  • Macroinvertebrate Mayhem: Wade into the water to discover the little critters that live in the ponds.
  • Nature Spa: Treat yourself and friends with a nature spa themed birthday. Make tea, natural scrubs and enjoy being out in nature. *(Activities change according to seasons and available plant life.)
  • Nature Hike and Forest Games: Learn about native plants and traditional uses while you play games during a nature hike on Norm’s Island.
  • Canoeing Adventures: Learn the basics of canoeing, then practice your new skills while exploring the ponds.
  • Canoeing Games: Take canoeing a step further by learning the basics and then challenging your friends to different canoe games (recommended for ages 10+).
  • Dynamic Dinosaurs: During this unique adventure we’ll dig for bones and go on a dinosaur egg hunt. We’ll learn about different types of dinosaurs and make our own dinosaur fossils to take home.
  • Fun and Games: Play facilitated team building and field day games with your friends during this hour of programming. Capture the flag, low ropes activities, and sardines, just to name a few.



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