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.


May 21-26--American Fisheries Society Western Division meets in Missoula, MT. THEME: Change and Continuity: Celebrating 50 years of Fisheries in the West. Meetings are May 22-25, with field trips before & after.  Click here for meeting web site. 

May 25 -- Spring Flower Crown making workshop. $35.  sign up @   WHEN: 6-8pm; WHERE: Buttercup Cafe,  1221 Helen Ave.

May 26-28--MT Audubon's tour of Centennial Valley-Red Rocks Lake. Click here to learn more or reserve your spot!  406.443.3949 or

May 21-31 -- Missoula Labor Film Festival. 17 films, most are free, shows at Union Club.   Film Fest Schedule here

May 29 & 31--Native Plant Walk on Wildlife Conservation Ranch in the Bitterroot. RSVP for directions and details. or 406-396-6285

May 30 (Tuesday)

Wildlife Ranch Tour near Lolo. Learn about MPG Ranch's goals and projects. Space is limited. RSVP for directions & details. or 406-396-6285.

June 3 (Saturday)

Volunteer work day on wildlife friendly fencing. near Evaro Hill. To volunteer, contact  <>

Native Plant Sale (benefits MT Native Plant Society). WHEN: June 3, 8am-1pm; WHERE: Clark Fork River Market. Questions or to volunteer, email Claire.

June 3-4  -- 2 day bird viewing trip to Bannack area with 5 Valleys Audubon. Meet in NW corner of Adams Center parking lot at 7am. Questions about field trips:   or call 549-5632

June 4 (Sunday)

Volunteer weed pull on conservation land near Alberton. RSVP by May 30 for info 406.549.0755 or via email to

June 5-7 -- Water Conference in Lethbridge, Alberta

June 9-11-- Montana Audubon's Wings Across the Big Sky Festival. Great Falls. Celebrates 40 years of MT Audubon and focuses on the Missouri River Corridor. Registration starts in March. For more info, contact

June 12-16

Bring Your Own Brain-- a symposium to Free Us from Climate Chaos (link). Special guests: Steven Running, Noam Chomsky, George Monbiot, Derrick Jensen, Bill McKibben, Winona LaDuke, John Holloway, Nancy Holmstrom, Richard Smith, Gloria Munoz Ramirez, Bill Bigelow, Elias Pena Diaz, and many more.  A call for forming Critical Thinking Communities to ask critical questions on steps to address climate chaos and other human society problems. Organized by Big Sky High's Free Us from Climate Chaos group <--Contact for more info. at UM's University Center

June 14 (Wed)

Grand Opening of Sweetgrass Commons,  new sustainable affordable housing in Missoula. WHEN: June 14, noon -2pm; WHERE: 1137 Montana St. Missoula

June 20 (Tuesday)

Artist/author/activist Lucy Lippard will discuss her book  Undermining: A Wild Ride through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West. WHEN: Tuesday, June 20,  at 7pm; WHERE: the Public House, 130 E Broadway, Missoula.  Free for Missoula Art Museum members and students, $5 suggested donation for the general public. For more information, call 406.728.0447

June 21 (Wed)

Paul Simon Concert Benefits Biodiversity. June 21 in Missoula @ Ogren Park at Allegiance Field. Full story here.

Local Farm Tour Series (for folks interested in getting into farming)--June 21 --Grazing Management for Soil Health, Oxbow Cattle Company, Lolo.  More information and RSVP here.

June 23 -25-- Nature camp for adults on Rock Creek -- Click HERE for more details and how to RSVP!

June 26-July 2--Strawbale Construction workshop in Floweree, MT. Email Corrie at AERO for info

July 13-16

Bob Marshall Music Festival (link), July 13-16, Seeley Lake, MT. In addition to music there’s: camping, mountain bike races, paddleboard race, running races, group hikes, food, drink, kids activities.

July 19 (Wed)

Local Farm Tour Series (for folks interested in getting into farming)--July 19 -- Efficient Harvest and Post Harvest Handling, Harlequin Organic Produce, Arlee  More information and RSVP here.

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, MissoulaMore information and RSVP here.

Aug 17 (Thursday)

PEAS Farm Party --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.

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

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. The natural history, native American history, literature and films about the Blackfoot. In Seeley Lake and Missoula.Details here.

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 information and RSVP here.

September 25-27

2017 Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent Conference, Choteau, MT

October 15

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

Oct 20-22

AERO's EXPO & annual meeting (link)

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

April is Earth Month!

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