Conservation Calendar

The Conservation Calendar of western Montana is maintained by the University of Montana Environmental Studies program. Email notices to Vicki Watson. Updated daily. Refresh/Reload often.


July 20 (Thursday)

Learn & Work Day at Ft Missoula Native Plant Garden. July 20 & 27 from 4-6pm. RSVP or call 327.0405

July 21 (Fri)-- Star Gazing at UM's Blue Mountain Observatory. Free but you need to reserve a ticket. More info & tickets here.

July 22 (Saturday)

Help restore E. Fork of Bitterroot River. Volunteer work day installing browse protectors around streamside plantings. WHEN: 9am-4pm with lunch provided. Bring water, work gloves/shoes/clothes, rain gear, hat, sun screen, bug spray. Meet in Hamilton to carpool. RSVP at or (406) 375-2272.

July 23 (Sunday)

Volunteer work party & celebration to benefit Clearwater-Blackfoot Project. Help build a trail. Work party starts at 10am. Free lunch to follow. RSVP   WHEN: July 23; 10am-1pm; WHERE: Fawn Pond, near Seeley Lake. (view map)

July 25 (Tuesday)

Tour of wildlife conservation ranch in the BItteroot (MPG Ranch). WHEN:  1pm-3:30pm.  To register & get directions contact: or 406-396-6285.

July 27 (Thurs)

Missoula County Board Leadership Training. Choose from 10am to noon and 6-8pm. WHERE: 200 W. Broadway, Msl. RSVP to or call 406-258-4230

Earth Friendly Floral Design --Medicinal Centerpieces, July 27 @ MUD, 6-8pm. Limited space. Sign up by July 20.  Details here.

July 28 (Friday)

Bicycle Theater Performance -- Agile Rascal Bicycle Touring Theater bikes across the country putting on performances. Their Montana tour described here.  Missoula performance is July 28 at 8pm at Free Cycles

July 29 (Saturday)

Blackfoot River Volunteer Cleanup hosted by UM Outdoor Program. Transportation & boats free to hardworking volunteers. Details here.

Aug 1 (Tuesday)

Abstract deadline for AWRA-MT meeting in October EXTENDED to Aug 1. To see suggested abstract topics and how to apply, click here

Aug 2 (Wednesday)

Flathead Lake Biological Station Open House, Aug 2, 1-5pm.

Aug 3 (Thurs)

Climate Smart Monthly Meet-up. Focus is conservation of water, energy & climate. When: 5-7pm; WHERE: Use your Imagine Nation 1151 W Broadway, Msla

Aug 4-6-- Great Burn service trip to French Lake. More info, contact  Nick at 415-847-5402 or More on Great Burn Study Group here:

Aug 9 (Wed)

Lincoln's River Park grand opening and work day. Help remove old fences and litter. Dress for the weather and bring work gloves, sunscreen, and a water bottle. Beverages, snacks, and lunch provided.RSVP by Aug 6 by calling 406-549-0755 or email WHEN: Aug 9, 9:30am-3:30pm; WHERE: Lincoln Community River Park in Lincoln.

Aug 11 (Friday)

 Run for the River (link) - Fun run along the Bitterroot River, benefits Bitterroot Water Forum.

Aug 12 (Saturday

Bitterroot River Clean Up (link) -sign up to help clean up trash along the Bitterroot River. Volunteer appreciation BBQ from 4-6 pm at River Park.

Aug 16 (Wed)

Local Farm Tour Series (for folks interested in getting into farming)--Aug 16 --Small-Scale Cut Flower Production & Marketing, Mighty Fine Farm, Missoula  More info on farm tours and RSVP here.

Aug 17 (Thursday)

PEAS Farm Party (link) --Celebrate Missoula's community agriculture with very local food, and dancing to live music. Aug 17 from 5:30-9:30pm; 3010 Duncan Dr. Msla.

Aug 21

The Great American Solar Eclipse-- the first total solar eclipse in the US in 99 years -- see the stars at noon. Be sure to use safe viewing methods recommended by NASA.

August 22-26

7th International Symposium for Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control (link),  Big Sky Resort, MT (40 miles south of Bozeman). Global conference on the use of wetlands for water quality improvement.  Program focused on domestic wastewater treatment wetlands, urban stormwater wetlands and bio-swales, riparian wetland restoration, wetlands in agricultural settings and wetland biogeochemistry is planned. Field trips to explore examples of constructed, restored and unique natural wetlands and riparian areas in the region

Aug 25 (Fri)

Star Gazing at UM's Blue Mountain Observatory. Free but you need to reserve a ticket. More info on UM observatory events & tickets here.

Aug 25-27-- Great Burn service trip to Heart Lake. More info, contact  Nick at 415-847-5402 or More on Great Burn Study Group here:

Sept 1-3

2017 Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence (link), Flathead Valley, Hot Springs, MT.

Sept 8-10

The Story of the Blackfoot -- in the footsteps of Norman Maclean (link). The natural history, native American history, literature and films about the Blackfoot. In Seeley Lake and Missoula.Details here.

Sept 13 (Wed)

Volunteer Fair at UM. In UM's University Center from 10am to 2pm. Community groups recruiting volunteers.

Sept 15 (Fri)

Star Gazing at UM's Blue Mountain Observatory.Free but you must reserve a ticket.More info & tickets here.

Sept 16 (Saturday)

Spontaneous Construction (link) --repurposing 'waste' into art. Benefit for Home Resource. More info here.

Sept 17 (Sunday)

Sunday Streets kicks off Missoula's week long celebration of sustainable transportation -- Walk & Roll Missoula. On Sunday, Higgins Street (from XXXs to 5th street) will be closed to motor vehicles, and folks will take to the streets for many fun activities.

Sept 17-23 -- Walk & Roll Missoula. Take the pledge to walk, bike, bus, carpool all week.

September 19-20

Montana Environmental Health Association annual meeting. Sept 19-20, Missoula's Holiday Inn Downtown

Sept 20 (Wed)

Local Farm Tour Series (for folks interested in getting into farming)--Sept 20 --Managing a Cider Apple Orchard, Billingsley Cider Orchard, Stevensville.More info on farm tour and RSVP here.

Sept 22 (Fri)--Star Gazing at UM's Blue Mountain Observatory. Free but you need to reserve a ticket.More info on UM Observatory events & tickets here.

September 25-27

Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent Conference (link), Choteau, MT. Connections and Tensions in the Crown.

Sept 30 (Saturday)

Montana Natural History Center's annual banquet & auction at UM's UC Ballroom. More info on MNHC here

October 6 (Friday)

Sneak preview of Home Resource Benefit Auction items. WHERE: Florence Hotel Lobby, Msla. Auction is Nov 4.

October 15

Jeannette Rankin Peace Center annual Peace Party/fundraiser. Oct 15, 3-7pm at Missoula Fairgrounds Home Arts Building

Oct 19-20

American Water Resources Association (MT Chapter) meets in Helena. The theme is, Science, Policy, & Communication: The role of science in a changing world, and the conference will offer a special workshop on October 18 to explore how scientists communicate with the public. To see suggested abstract topics and how to apply, click here. Abstract deadline extended to Aug 1.

Oct 20-22

AERO's EXPO & annual meeting (link)

Reflections of Revolution: 1917-2017. International Conference at UM (link).

Nov 4 (Friday)

Home Resource 7th Annual Banquet and Benefit Auction (link).  Nov 4 at the Wilma in Missoula.

Nov 6-7,  Montana Forest Collaborative Network Workshop in Missoula (link),   Assisting collaboration in forest and grassland restoration, conservation and resource utilization—for the benefit of all.

April is Earth Month!  2017 schedule displayed as example until 2018 schedule is ready

April 15-22 -- EARTH WEEK   Special Earth Week message here 

HIGHLIGHTS from 2017 below   ...   Detailed 2017 Schedule here

    April 15-22-- International Wildlife Film Festival (link), Missoula

    April 21 (Sat) --EARTH Service DAY & Ecopentathalon

          10am-1pm--Clark Fork river cleanup @ Caras Park (link)

           3-7pm--MUD's Earth Day celebration (link) @ Free Cycles 

           Ecopentathalon--bike/walk to help at 4 of the above.  More info:  email Vicki

     April 22 (Sunday)-- EARTH DAY