Hands on learning!

At the MNHC kid's summer camp, kids get a close-up look at the nature that makes Montana so unique and beautiful. Here, a girl looks on as a camp instructor shows her an osprey chick.

Photo by Montana Natural History Center Staff.

Montana Natural History Center


The Montana Natural History Center
120 Hickory St.
(406) 327-0405

The Montana Natural History Center was founded in 1991 by a group of educators with a mission to promote and cultivate the understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of nature through education. With a variety of programs for all ages, the Center will help you develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become a bonafide Montana Naturalist.

MNHC has plenty of educational programs for enthusiastic learners of all ages.  For children K-8th grade, Montana Natural History Center offers Summer Science Day Camps that allow kids to get outside and learn about the natural world through field trips, science experiments, and other recreational activities. MNHC also offers a Visiting Naturalist in the Schools program that sends 4th and 5th graders to a local natural area to get a hands-on educational experience.

For more mature nature enthusiasts, MNHC also offers programs and courses. For educators, Montana Natural History Center offers workshops, many of which are available for professional development credit.

MNHC also provides a course for any adult who is curious about the natural world. The Montana Master Naturalist Course consists of 40 hours of training that includes lectures, laboratories, and outdoor field trips.

The Center teaches naturalist skills such as plant, animal, and natural history interpretation skills as well as drawing from nature and collecting insects. By the end of the course, participants should be familiar with local ecology and the richest sites to study Montana’s landscapes and native species.

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