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Open House

June – August: Every Saturday from 9:00am-1:00pm
We are excited to again offer our weekly Saturday Open Houses this summer! Come down to explore and enjoy the great outdoors. Ask a naturalist your essential questions about animals and plants. Borrow field guides, insect nets, and binoculars. Or rent a canoe and explore the ponds ($10/canoe suggested donation or free for members – become a member today!).

Register for this event here:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/weekend-wonders-family-program-may-tickets-149186766635


Nature Nuts

Every Tuesday from 10 – 11am
All 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.

Advance registration is REQUIRED by clicking here
Suggested donation of $5/child
FREE for members – become a member today!

July Themes:

July 6th – Canoeing

July 13 – Nesting Together

July 20 – Creepers & Crawlers

July 27 – Turtle Time


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 listed below, or (see our calendar).

Upcoming Themes:
July: Edible Plants

Advance registration is REQUIRED by clicking here.
Suggested donation of $5/person
FREE for members become a member today! 

 

 

 


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. Please bring a mask.

Advance registration is required by clicking here

FREE for members become a member today!

Suggested donation of $10/adults or $5/students

 


Birthday Parties

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

Overview

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 $125 for up to 15 children. Parties larger than 15 children are $175.

Email [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. (Add $50 to base fee.)
  • 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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