Conservation Calendar 2019

The Conservation Calendar of western Montana is maintained by the University of Montana Environmental Studies program. Updated daily. Refresh/Reload often. Email your event notices here. 



Aug 23-24 -- Help make Missoula's River City Roots Festival, a zero-waste event by signing up for Climate Smart's Green Team. For details and to volunteer, contact

Aug 24 (Saturday)

All day birding trip to Canyon Ferry (near Helena) to look for migrating shorebirds with Five Valleys Audubon. Meet at 7am in NW corner of UM's Adams Center parking lot.

Home Resource Fixit Clinic -- free coaching in clothes mending, small engine repair, electrical testing/repair. Aug 24, 11am-3pm at Home Resource.  More info & free registration here.

Aug 25 (Sunday)

Community at the Confluence -- annual celebration at the confluence of the Clark Fork & Blackfoot Rivers.  Enjoy history, science, animals, music, games, food, music and more fun! Send a love note to the river.  Aug 25, 11am to 5pm at Milltown State Park's confluence area.  Full details here.

Aug 29 (Thursday)

Missoula Open Space Advisory Council meeting. Public welcome. Aug 29, 4-5:30 pm at Missoula Currents in McCormick Park (Headwaters meeting room).

Gallatin River cleanup. meet at 2pm. Full details here.

Aug 30 (Friday)

UM Welcome Feast on the Oval -- dozens of UM & community groups will be tabling and recruiting on the oval from 11:30 to 1:30

Aug 31-Sept 1 Volunteer work weekend on the Roaring Lion trail near Hamilton, MT. Front country car camping & delicious food provided. Hosted by Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Wilderness Foundation. More info & register here.

Sept 5 (Thurs)

UM Student Jobs Fair, in UC Ballroom, mid day.

Bitterroot River Irrigation System tour -- includes water storage structures, canal systems, fish screens, irrigation methods & more. Cost $5. More info & registration here.

Public meeting on plans to clean up the closed pulp mill near Frenchtown. Agenda TBD. WHEN/WHERE: Sept 5, 6-8pm; Frenchtown Fire Hall, 16875 Marion St, Frenchtown.

Sept 6 (Friday)

Western Cider starts accepting donations of apples to make into Great Bear cider. WHERE: 501 N California St, Missoula

Sept 6-7 -- Montana Wilderness Association Wild Fest, Columbia Falls. Join MWA for hikes, horse packing demo, live music & more. Full Schedule for Wild Fest here.

Sept 7 (Saturday)

2nd annual Free Cycles Climate Ride. Choice of 77 mile loop (Petty creek), 20 mile loop (Blue Mountain), or kids obstacle course. Post-ride food & music. Register now at

Missoula Bike/Pedestrian count -- volunteers needed. Help Missoula improve bike lanes, trails, etc.  Sept 7 from 12-2 pm and/or Sept 10 from 4-6 pm (3-5 pm at UM)  Info & Sign up online here.  For more info, contact or 552-6629

MUD Project's annual Garden Party. Sept 7, 6-10 pm. Support MUD while enjoying friends, food, music, dance. More info here.

Sept 7-8 -- Camping trip on Heart Lake in the Great Burn (info here). Led by Great Burn Conservation Alliance.

Sept 8 (Sunday)

Farm Feast at Mangan Cattle Ranch in MIssoula's Grass Valley. Get to know your local farmer while enjoying BBQ and other delicious local food and beverages.  5-7:30pm. Info & tickets here

Sept 9 (Monday)

Skinned Birds of MT. Larry Weeks of 5 Valleys Audubon will display his educational bird skin collection, describe how the skins were prepared & relate the history of some of the specimens. WHEN/WHERE: Sept 9, 7-9 pm; UM's Gallagher Business building room 123.

Sept 11-13 -- Missouri Headwaters Watershed Tour--See conservation/restoration projects and discuss landscape resiliency & community sustainability. Starts in Butte, includes Big Hole, Beaverhead, Ruby, Madison, Upper Jefferson, Gallatin Rivers. Carpools from Missoula, Helena, Bozeman. Registration & Info here.

Sept 12 (Thurs)

UM Volunteer/Internship Fair -- Sept 12, 10am to 2pm in UC Ballroom.

Climate Smart Monthly meetup --focused on Energy Efficiency & Green Building., Sept 12, 5-7pm at Imagine Nation, 1151 W. Broadway, Msla

Sept 12-15 -- Montana Book Festival.   in Missoula

Sept 13-14 -- Whitebark  Pine Ecosystem Foundation annual science & management meeting. at Salish Kootenai College. Check back for more info.  

Sept 14 (Saturday)

SponCon!! (Spontaneous Construction) -- Home Resource's Festival of Creative Reinvention. Teams compete to build useful/beautiful creations from materials at Home Resource. Fun for the whole family. Get team registration packets at Home Resource (1515 Wyoming, Msla). Check back for more info.

Sept 15 (Sunday)

Sunday Streets in Missoula. A major street will be closed to car traffic so you can bike, walk, do yoga, dance and otherwise reclaim the street.  Sept 15 kicks off Walk n Roll week.

Sept 15-21-- Walk n Roll Week in Missoula -- celebrate and practice sustainable travel methods and get lots of rewards from Missoula merchants. Details here.

Sept 17 (Tues)

Peace Corps Application Workshops at UM: Learn how to find the right openings & programs for you and how to write a stand-out application. Free. Sept 17, first workshop at 2-3 pm, 2nd workshop at 5-6 pm.  in Lommasson 154 . More info, contact

Sept 18 (Wed)

Farm Tour-- Lifeline Produce (Victor), Reducing the On-Farm Carbon Footprint. Details here..

Sept 19 (Thursday)

Communicating about Climate -- free public program on communicating this critical issue. WHEN/WHERE: Sept 19, 5-6 pm reception; 6-7:30 pm program. UM's University Center room 326. More info and registration here.   Free program, but registration guarantees you a seat.

Sept 19-22 -- Permaculture Gathering at Hot Springs MT, Inland NW Permaculture Guild offers Workshops on homesteading, herbalism, social structures, improving soil, raising fungi, etc. Also camping, live music, kids activities, potluck meals and more. More info and registration  here.

Sept 20-21 (Fri-Sat) -- Missoula Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days. Protect your drinking water by bringing in household hazardous waste for proper disposal. Sponsored by Missoula Water Quality District.  More info on Haz Waste Days here

Sept 20-27 -- Global Climate Strike -- Events planned for Missoula & western MT will be described here.

Sept 21 (Saturday)

United Nations International Peace Day  focuses on Climate Action -- check back for local events.

Trees of the Bitterroot Valley, Bass Creek Trail hike -- View old growth native trees, and observe effects of fire exclusion and recent restoration forestry. Easy half mile hike. 45 minutes driving time from Missoula.  Meet at the west side of the Shopko parking lot (South and Reserve) at 8:15 am to carpool.  Contact: Paul Buck, MT Native Plant Society – (970)901-2418;

25 under 25 award ceremony.  Young people working for progress in MT. Sept 21, 6:30 pm in Bozeman. Details here.

Sept 21-22 -- Forward Montana's Youth Organizing Summit (link). Workshops led by Montana's best community organizers, movement builders & change makers. Bozeman, MT. .... Register for Summit here.

Sept 24 (Tuesday)

Tour of a demonstration site of the MT Beaver Conflict Resolution pilot project. See methods of non-lethal control of nuisance beaver activity and learn how beavers benefit the watershed. WHEN/WHERE: Sept 24 at Lost Creek State  Park near Anaconda. More info, contact

Sept 24-26 -- 9th annual Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent: Connecting Land & Kwataqnuk Resort in Polson MT. 2019 Agenda here.....Registration here. ....More info on the COC....

September 28 (Saturday)

Climate Smart's Clean Energy Expo in Missoula's Caras Park, Sept 28, 10 am -3pm.  Free.  Volunteers needed. For details and to help, contact

Public Land Day -- check back to see western Montana service events.

Five Valleys Land Trust will have a work day on Mount Dean Stone.

Milltown State Park will have a public tree planting day.

Oct 9-11 -- American Water Resources Association-MT chapter annual meeting, Rock Creek Resort in Red Lodge, MT. AWRA conference agenda and registration here.

Oct 9-11 -- Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species annual meeting, Missoula,

Oct 10 (Thursday)

Climate Smart Monthly meetup --focused on Urban Forests & Wildlands., Oct 10, 5-7pm at Imagine Nation, 1151 W. Broadway, Msla

Tour of the Montana State Arboretum on the UM Campus. Free. Meet at The Root, between Main Hall & the Native Botanic Gardens (west of the UC). Oct 10,  6:30 pm.

20th Birthday Party of Montana Conservation Voters.  Join the fun on Oct 10, 5-9pm at Livingston Depot.  Info & RSVP here.

October 12 (Saturday)

PEAS Farm Pumpkin Party (FREE!) -- bring the kids to pick pumpkins & carve jack-o-lanterns. Safe, kid-friendly carving tools provided (also hot cider from local apples). Pumpkins available at kid prices.  Costumes encouraged.  WHEN/WHERE: Oct 12, 1-4pm at the PEAS farm, 3010 Duncan Drive in Missoula's beautiful Rattlesnake valley.

Montana Natural History Center annual Banquet & Auction. A fun way to support the Center. WHEN/WHERE: Oct 12, in UM's UC Ballroom. More info and tickets here.

Oct 13 -- Jeannette Rankin Peace Center annual party/fundraiser. 4-8 pm at Missoula County Fairgrounds, Home Arts Building. Check back for more info.

Oct 14-16 -- Montana Watershed Symposium, Butte--actually this will be in 2020 -- plan ahead!

Oct 16 (Wed)

Farm Tour -- Bell Crossing Farm (Stevensville) -- Hops Infrastructure. Info here on all farm tours.

Oct 25 (Friday)

Peace Corps Storytelling at UM -- Returning volunteers tell their stories, answer questions, give tips for a successful experience. Oct 25, first session 2-3 pm; 2nd session at 5-6 pm; in UM's University Center room 329.   More info, contact

Oct 25-27 -- AERO EXPO-- Cultivating Community Resilience, MSU Bozeman. Info here.

Oct 27-30: Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference in Spokane, ID.   Schedule...... Registration

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February 24 -- Annual meeting of Montana Chapter of American Fisheries Society in Kalispell
March 30-31 -- Soil Health Innovations Conference, MSU- Bozeman. Theme: Better soil health practices for sustainable agriculture and climate resilience. More info, contact Vince Van Meter

APRIL IS EARTH MONTH -- 50 year anniversary of Earth Day

April 21-23 -- Innovative Solutions for Evolving Restoration Science -- hosted by MT Natural Resource Damage Program working to restore the upper Clark Fork River. April 21-23 at Fairmont Hot Springs, MT.  Website will be here