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Family Programs


Bat Night Hike- Friday, September 30th*

*Scroll down to Special Events for more details!


Nature Nuts

Tuesdays from 10 – 11am

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 and on our calendar.

Suggested donation of $5/child

FREE for members – become a member today!

Advance registration is REQUIRED by clicking here.


September Themes

September 6th: Canoeing- Nature Treasure Hunt*

September 13th: Outstanding Opossums!

September 20th: Fall Equinox

September 27th: Change is in the Air 


*Please bring your own life vests if you have them!

Weekend Wonders Family Program

2nd Saturday of every month from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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

Join us on Saturday, October 8th from 10:30am-12pm for a fintastic fish experience with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks fisheries technician, Chrissy Webb.  Chrissy will introduce you to native and non-native fish species, let you shake fins with rare and common Montana fish, learn about the Yellowstone River watershed and create a piece of fishy art to take home.  Bring your own canvas, blank shirt, or pillow case and decorate it with fish prints using the Japanese artform of Gyotaku.  We will also catch some fish and take a closer look at life in the ponds in this fish-filled family fun day.  We hope to see you all there!

Suggested donation of $5/person.

FREE for members – become a member today!

Advanced registration required by clicking here!

Evening Exploration

2nd Saturday of the month from 12:30pm-3:30pm

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/canoe.

Free for members – become a member today!

Advanced registration requested by clicking here!


Special Events

Bat Night Hike

Friday, September 30th from 6pm-7:30pm

Dive into the mesmerizing world of bats! Join us for a fun night learning cool bat facts, then heading out with special acoustic equipment to find them. Bring a flashlight, warm layers and good walking shoes.

Advanced registration required by clicking here!



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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