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. 


May is Bike Month -- lots of bike friendly events here.

May 23 (Thursday)

Missoula Zero by 50 Community Series on Waste Reduction (link to info). Learn how you can help Missoula reach the goal of Zero Waste by 2050. This gathering is focused on reducing compostable waste. WHEN/WHERE: May 23, 5-7pm; FreeCycles (732 S 1st St W, Msla)

Update on cleanup of closed pulp mill near Frenchtown -- is the river being protected? Join Clark Fork Coalition science director John DeArment, and legal director Andrew Gorder as they drill into the How, Why, Who, and What’s Next for Smurfit-Stone. Stay for a Q&A and discussion about the future of this site. May 23, 6-7pm at Great Burn Brewing, 2230 McDonald Ave, Msla.

May 24 (Friday)

Historic AND Green -- Tour Missoula's Courthouse which is on the National Historic Register yet has been modified to achieve Silver level in LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design). Learn how historic buildings can be made green. Due to limited space, you must register in advance (email  More info here or on Facebook.

May 25-26

Two day field trip to Freezout Lake with 5 Valleys Audubon. Leave Missoula at 7am. Spend the night in Choteau. Info and RSVP to Larry

Fish & Loon Festival at Seeley Lake -Art, food, scholarship raffle, Food Bank fundraiser, May 25-26

May 29 (Wednesday)

Faith & Climate Action Montana meets at Emmaus House (532 University Avenue) at 4pm. With the MT legislative session over, what are the next logical steps to work for clean, sustainable, just energy for Missoula. More info:

Leadership Training --to build community partnerships for positive community change. All welcome. Offered by Missoula Interfaith Collaborative. May 29 from 5-9 pm at St Paul Lutheran, 202 Brooks, Msla.

From Farming to Fishing -- How Climate Change is affecting the Bitterroot -- Hear from farmers, hydrologists & fish biologists how changing snowpack & runoff will affect us. May 29, 6-9 pm at the Corvallis Grange, 

May 30-31 -- One River , Ethics Matter -- international ethics conference on the past & future of the Columbia River system. Castlegar, BC

May 31 (Friday)

Annual FUNdraiser for SpectrUM (science museum for kids) -- dinner and live auction. May 31, 5:30-9 pm at the Barn on Mullan Road (8500 Mullan Road). $75 per person. Tickets and info here.

Comments due on Missoula's Downtown Master Plan . For more info, contact the Downtown Missoula Partnership via phone (406-543-4238) or email (

June 1 (Saturday) National Trails Day

Help build wildlife friendly fencing along the border of Lolo National Forest. The new fence will protect local creeks from cattle grazing. WHEN/WHERE: meet at 7:30 a.m. on June 1, at the Town Pump on the northwest side of Highway 93/I-90 Wye west of Missoula. Will work until 1:30 pm, have a picnic lunch and return to the Wye by 3 pm. RSVP for info on gear you need & for lunch plans. Email Bert  or call 406-396-0567. 

Volunteer work day on Sweathouse Creek Trail in the Bitterroot on June 1, starting at 9am. Followed by a BBQ at 4:30 pm at Wildwood Brewery in Stevensville. For more info, contact

Annual Native Plant Sale of the MT Native Plant Society. Come early for best selection. June 1 from 8 am to 1 pm at Clark Fork Farmer's Market (where Higgins St crosses the river in Msla).

June 2 (Sunday)

National Trails Day on Mt Dean Stone. Starting at 8am, 5 Valleys Land Trust will offer a shuttle every half hour from Missoula Fresh Market south to MT Dean Stone. Activities include: trail runs, nature walk, mountain bike ride, restoration project. at 11:30 am there will be a National Trails Day celebration with fun, food, & info on the mountain's future. Info: Lena at

June 5 (Wednesday)

Sustaining the New West Conference in Bozeman -- share your vision for the future of our communities and landscapes. Learn about inspiring examples of western communities achieving sustainability. Agenda/Info/Registration.   More info: or 406-587-2974

June 6 (Thursday)

Great Burn Conservation Alliance invites everyone interested in helping conserve the Great Burn to a meet & greet to discuss plans for future action. June 6 at 6 pm in GBCA's new office at 2825 Stockyard Road, Unit A7, Msla.

June 7-9 -- Montana Audubon's annual Wings Across the Big Sky Bird Festival will be in the Glasgow area. Lead sponsor is American Prairie Reserve... Festival info is here.

June 7 (Friday)

Public Lands Festival  All ages welcome. Music, raffles, refreshments. June 7, 5-9pm; in Caras Park, 123 Carousel Dr.,  Msla.

June 8 (Saturday)

Hike & Write on the Scientific Integrity Act. Hike up Missoula's Waterworks Hill to the Peace Park, & while enjoying the view, write letters to Congress in support of the Scientific Integrity Act. Bring your water, snacks & something to write on. Info on the Act provided by Union of Concerned Scientists. June 8 meet at 10 am at the Waterworks Trailhead parking lot.

Summer Sosten Fest & Great Pasty Throwdown (link) -- free festival celebrating local food in Butte. Pasty making competition, plant & seed sale, farm tours (petting zoo), solar car races, live music, local food & drink, sustainability info booths. WHEN/WHERE: June 8, 11am to 4pm at NCAT (National Coalition for Alternative Technology),  More info, contact Heather 406-494-4572

June 9 (Sunday)

Farm to Fork Bike Tour of the Bitterroot Valley. 40 mile ride visits 4 farms where bikers enjoy delicious food and drink. Ride ends at the Ag Research Center in Corvallis, with live music, local cider & dinner. More info & registration here. Cost is $50 and funds efforts to improve bike trails in the Bitterroot. WHEN/WHERE: check in at 10 am at Ag Research Center in Corvallis. 

June 12 (Wednesday)

Tour Montana Native Botanic Garden at UM, led by Kelly Chadwick of MT Native Plant Society. See how much plant diversity can fit into a small space. It will be blooming. When: 5:30pm; WHERE: on UM campus just west of the University Center.  Note: parking is free after 5pm. Info: Paul  at (970) 901-2418,

June 19 (Wednesday)

Farm Tour -- Harts Garden (flower production), Missoula. Details to follow

June 21-23 -- Montana Native Plant Society annual meeting will be in Cypress Hills Provincial Park of SW Saskatchewan Canada (100 miles north of Havre, MT). You'll need a passport. Check back for more details.

June 21-23 -- Five Valleys Audubon hosts a 3 day trip to Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge. For info, contact Larry

June 24 (Monday)

Flavors of Home – A Native Food Sovereignty Summit , June 24Billings Hotel and Convention Center


July 17 (Wed)

Farm Tour-- Mill Crick Farm (Hamilton) -- Cultivation Systems. Details to Follow.

July 20-21 High Altitude Flowers in the Snowcrest Range (near Dillon). Montana Native Plant Society leads this trip with a Saturday afternoon hike for those who arrive by noon, and a Sunday morning hike for those who stay overnight.  See tremendous wildflower diversity, from the sagebrush up to the alpine on the summit of Sunset Peak (10,581'). For those in shape the summit is easy to reach in a walk up type climb. Registration required. To register contact: Paul Buck –(970)901-2418,

July 26 (Friday) 

Montana River Rendezvous (link to info), Fort Peck, MT. Tour Highlights: Confluence of the Milk and Missouri Rivers, Pallid Sturgeon spawning and recruitment, irrigation pump sites and river survey data; Pipeline technology and protective measures.

August 7 (Wednesday)

Farm Tour-- Forbitdden Fruit Orchard (Paradise, MT) -- Orchard Management. Details to follow.

August 9- 10 --Run for the River 5k(Aug 9) and Bitterroot River Cleanup (Aug 10)

August 10 (Saturday)

Late Summer wildflowers of the Montana-Idaho Divide--Hike Lost Creek Trail with Montana Native Plant Society near the Montana/Idaho Divide.  It is a 50-mile drive from Missoula on I-90 and a 12-mile drive on gravel road to the trailhead.  It is 3 mile hike with 1800 ft vertical one way.  Meet at MacKenzie River Pizza parking lot (I-90 & Grant Creek Rd. at 9:00 am).  There is a 20-person limit.  Email to sign up. 

Sept 7 (Saturday)

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

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

September 18 (Wed)

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

Sept 21 (Saturday)

Trees of the Bitterroot Valley, Bass Creek Trail hike -- View a variety of native trees including old growth conifers, and observe the effects of fire exclusion and recent restoration forestry.  only a half mile of very easy walking. This site is accessible via a paved road and is only about 45 minutes driving time from Missoula.  Meet at the west side of the Shopko parking lot (South and Reserve) at 8:15am to carpool.  Contact: Paul Buck, MT Native Plant Society – (970)901-2418;

Sept 24-26 -- 9th annual Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent: Connecting Land & Kwataqnuk Resort in Polson.  check back later for link to web site

Oct 9-11 -- American Water Resources Association-MT chapter annual meeting, Rock Creek Resort in Red Lodge, MT

Oct 14-16 -- Montana Watershed Symposium, Butte

Oct 16 (Wed)

Farm Tour -- Bell Crossing Farm (Stevensville) -- Hops Infrastructure. Details to Follow

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

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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