Integrating Research & Education
ECOS: No Child Left Indoors! was a partnership program for enhancing teaching skills of graduate students in the sciences and promoting hands-on science education in K-12 schools. The ECOS teams of grad students, teachers, and kids modeled what ecologists do by immersing themselves in ecological investigations in their schoolyard and classroom laboratories. This program has now ended, but the valuable educational resources developed through ECOS are still accessible through the link above.
The Montana Natural Heritage Program provides information on Montana's species and habitats, emphasizing those of conservation concern. Montana's Natural Heritage is a diverse resource for our citizens and economy, and is central to our quality of life. Good information is critical to maintain this valuable heritage as the state grows and develops. Heritage data are used by the private and public sectors for mining, timber sales, subdivisions, utility and pipeline corridors, oil and gas developments, and highway construction. Conflicts and unnecessary impacts are avoided because good data help developers identify sensitive species and areas early in the planning process.
The mission of the Montana Natural History Center is to promote and cultivate the appreciation, understanding and stewardship of nature through education. MNHC was founded in 1991 by a group of educators who had the vision to create a natural history center as a resource for schools and the public.