Conservation Calendar

Maintained by Environmental Studies at the University of Montana for western MT
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2016 Events

Aug 26-28

Great Burn Wilderness service trip. Join experienced leaders (Great Burn Study Group) for 2-4 day trips in roadless backcountry. Pull weeds; monitor wildlife, trail conditions, impacts, signs, etc. More info, Contact Oliver Wood Moderate. Total Miles: 20

Aug 29, 30

Volunteer weedpulls in Grant Creek Elk winter range . Clip and bag houndstongue before seed drop. Volunteers will carpool from the SW corner of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's parking lot. WHEN: Aug 29 (5:30 to 8:30pm); Aug 30 (7:30am to noon). More info, contact Bert Lindler <>

Aug 30-31

Tour of W. MT landscape restoration projects (Browns Gulch, Silver Bow Creek, and the Mount Haggin / California Creek area). Informative speakers, inspiring stories, and great friends. RSVP to join the tour, or contact Mark Ockey at (406)444-5351 or

Aug 30- Sept 1

Bull Trout Society Meeting, Sula (Bitterroot Valley), MT. 2016 Salvelinus Confluentus Curiosity Society Meeting Info & Registration

Aug 31 (Thurs)

Earth Friendly Flower power Workshop. WHEN: Aug 31, 7-8:30pm. WHERE: Garden City Harvest's River Road Community Farm. Offered by Earth Within which offers socially sustainable and earth-friendly flower arrangements and education.

Sept 2 (Friday)

Welcome Feast at UM on the Oval (11:30am to 1:30pm). Food, fun, and info on campus & community groups who want you. 

Sept 3 (Saturday)

All Montana Farmers Markets. Missoula Farmers Market,Clark Fork River Market ....Hamilton Farmers Market.

Sept 6 (Tuesday)

Farm Tour at Tucker Family Farm. Victor. Sept 6, 2-6pm followed by potluck dinner. Register 3 days in advance here.

Sept 7 (Wed)

Volunteer Orientation at Clark Fork Coalition. Learn how you can help with stream projects in our river basin. When: Sept 7, 5:30-7:30pm; Where: Coalition office, 140 S. 4th W. Missoula

Sept 8 (Thurs)

Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Missoula Open Space Bond. When: Sept 8, 5-7 pm; Where: Missoula's Silver Park.

Crown of the Continent Photo Exhibit -- 100 beautiful photos of the Crown, by Rick & Susie Graetz. When: Sept 8 at 7pm; Where: Seeley Lake in the Bison & Bear Mall. More info:  754-0034.

Open House on Flathead National Forest Plan Revision & DEIS.  When: Sept 8, 4:30-7:00 p.m., Flathead National Forest Supervisors Office, 650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell. Documents and maps are on-line, also how to comment.  The comment period ends on October 3, 2016.

Sept 9 (Fri)

MUD's annual Garden Party. Local MUD pie contest, raffle, catered dinner, live music. Tickets for MUD party here. 

Sept 9-10

WILD FEST  with Montana Wilderness Association. Hikes, Music, Fun, Silent Auction.  Great Falls.

Sept 9-11

Citizen Science trip to Sleeping Giant Wilderness Study Area near Helena.  This WSA is 11,000 acres of steep, irregular topography with elevations ranging from 3,600 to 6,800 feet.  A diversity of wildlife species live here. Will boat across Holter Lake to the WSA.  Volunteers and trip leaders will monitor for wilderness character along the shoreline. Wilderness Institute Citizen Science Program Volunteer Application Form.

Sept 10 (Sat)

All day Birding field trip to Ninepipe Reservoir led by Five Valleys Audubon. Meet at 7:50am in the NW corner of UM Adams Center Parking lot. Bring a lunch.

Deep Creek Cleanup. Help Clark Fork Coalition and Trout Unltd clean up this hard hit fishing access on the Clark Fork. Lunch & cleanup supplies provided. RSVP so we have food for you. Contact Katie at or (406)542-0539 ext. 212 for more info or a ride to the site.

Sept 10 (Sat) &  Sept 13 (Tues)

Bike/Pedestrian Traffic Counts in Missoula. Volunteers needed (noon to 2pm on 9/10 and 4 to 6pm on 9/13). To volunteer, complete this form. For more information please contact:Dave Prescott or call Dave at (406) 552-6672. or Aaron Wilson or call Aaron at (406) 552-6629.

Sept 12 (Mon)

Five Valleys Audubon meeting includes a presentation on the Birds of Ecuador and Galapagos. WHEN: Sept 12, 7:30pm; WHERE: UM Gallagher Business L14. Free.

UM's Farm to College Feastival GREAT LOCAL FOOD! Live music by Local Yokels. WHEN: Sept 12, 5-7:30; WHERE: UM Oval. 

Community Drought Forum at UM. The MT Drought and Water Supply Committee seeks your input on the MT Drought Response Plan. WHEN: Sept 12, 2-3:30pm WHERE: UM's Native American Center, rm 103.

Sept 16-17

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Missoula. Keep our drinking water clear by properly disposing of hazardous household waste at this annual event sponsored by Missoula Water Quality District. WHEN: Sept 16-17; WHERE: Missoula city shops. For more info, click on the link, or  Contact the District at (406) 258-4890 or

NEW Western Energy Show, Helena. Check out the line-up of speakers, or learn about the history of the NWES, or register.

Sept 17 (Saturday)

Spontaneous Construction. Teams build useful objects from 'waste'. When: Sept 17 from 9am to 6pm; Where: Home Resource, 1515 Wyoming St., Missoula

Clean Energy Fair in Helena. Free educational workshops on solar electricity & water heating, energy efficiency, electric vehicles.  Also electric car show, food vendors, raffle prizes, and kids’ activities including model solar car races. For more info, contact Diana Maneta, of MT Renewable Energy Association. (406) 214-9405

Clark Fork River Superfund tour. Visit Berkeley Pit, Silver Bow Creek, Anaconda, Warm Springs, and the Clark Fork Coalition Ranch. UM vans will leave from the Eastgate Parking lot near the Van Buren footbridge on Sept 17 at 8am (return about  7pm). Non-students may follow in their own vehicles. For more info, email UM Environmental Studies or call 406-243-5153.

Sept 17-18

MUD Workshop on Building Rocket Stoves.  Sapphire Apiaries in Stevensville. More info on this workshop here.

Glacier Two Medicine Fall Gathering, September 17 & 18,  west of East  Glacier.  Event details here.

Sept 19-23 

Bike-Walk-Bus week in Missoula.... Walk & Roll Week at UM

Sept 21 (Wed)

Painted Nails -- documentary on toxic cosmetics and the movement for safe cosmetics. WHEN: Sept 21 at 7pm; WHERE: Roxy Theater in Msla. Tickets are $8 and benefit Women's Voices for the Earth's Safe Salons Initiative.

Sept 22 (Thurs)

Good Food Revolution -- Malik Kenyatta Yakini of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network speaks at UM. When: Sept 22 at 7:30pm; Where: UM's North Underground Lecture Hall. FREE & open to public.   M K Yakini, Food First video.

Sept 22-23

Montana Farm to School Summit, MSU, Bozeman. More info: or (406) 994-5996.

Sept 23-25

Hunting for Sustainability -- how to prepare to hunt local, free range meat in an ethical, responsible manner. WHEN: Sept 23-25; WHERE: Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch. More information at or email

September 24 (Saturday)

National Bike Your Park Day.   Explore your parks and public lands by bicycle with thousands of people across the country.

     LOCAL event -- group bike ride from Free Cycles to the Milltown State Park at the confluence of Clark Fork & Blackfoot Rivers. 9am-10:15am.

National Public Land Day. Give back to our public lands. Here are some LOCAL service events:

      Volunteer work on the Clark Fork River floodplain (tree planting, weeding) at Milltown State Park. 10:30am to NOON.

      Volunteer work day at Hellgate Park, led by Missoula Parks & Rec.  Tools and supplies provided. Where: 1601 E. Broadway (open land east of new Missoula College and Creekside Apartments);   When: September 24 from 9 Am to 1Pm. For more info, email Tyler Decker

Community at the Confluence. 11am -3pm. Details to follow.

Tour Superfund cleanup in Blackfoot Headwaters. Visit old mines and waste sites, and new revegetation along Bear Trap Creek, now back in its original channel after 75 years. Tour, led by MT DEQ workers,  will cover site history, cleanup process, and construction of waste repository. WHEN: Sept 24,  10am to 1pm, WHERE: meet in Lincoln. RSVP/reserve your   More info: Mike Horse Dam/Repository Tour  

Opportunity Resources' Annual Autumn Fest -- hayrides, games, animals, music & more.  Near Frenchtown, MT

September 27-30

Under Western Skies Conference, Calgary Alberta. Theme: Water: Events, Trends, Analysis

Sept 28-Oct 1

Trout Unlimited's annual national meeting, Bozeman

Oct 1 (Saturday)

Blackfoot River Restoration Tour. Visit stream restoration sites in the Ovando area and the superfund cleanup in the headwaters near Lincoln. UM vans will leave from the Eastgate Parking lot near the Van Buren footbridge on Oct 1 at 8am (return about  7pm). Non-students may follow in their own vehicles. For more info, email UM Environmental Studies or call 406-243-5153.   NOTE: this tour may be rescheduled to Oct 8. Check back closer to the date.

Oct 2-6

World of Trout – 1st International Congress,  Bozeman MT, Oct 2-6. Theme: Conversations to promote global trout conservation.  Deadline to submit ideas for talks, posters, films  is March 1. Submit a World Trout congress proposal.

Oct 7 (Friday)

Montana Natural History Center's annual FUNdraiser (dinner, auction). When: Oct 7 from 5 to 9pm; Where: UM's University Center Ballroom. $50/person.

Oct 7-9

AERO's 2016  Expo & Annual Meeting, Kalispell. A weekend of building sustainable communities.  Keynote speaker: Mary Berry. Theme: What we need is here comes from a poem by Wendell Berry.

Oct 12-14

American Water Resources Assocation (MT chapter) conference at Fairmont Hot Springs.

Oct 15 (Sat)

MT Soil Summit:  Learn about soil health, carbon sequestration, ecological farming. When: Oct 15, 9-5; Where: Billings Convention Center. Organized by Northern Plains Resource Council.

Oct 16 (Sunday)

Jeannette Rankin Peace Center's 30th year party.  Missoula Fair Grounds. Check back for details.

Oct 19 (Wed)

Montana Wetland Council meeting.  Where: Helena, MT Department of Environmental Quality, Director's Conference Room (Room 111); When: 9 am to 4 pm.

Oct 20-21

River Restoration workshop. Free hands-on classroom & field course. WHERE: Big Sky, MT.  Provided by Montana Water Center.

Oct 22 (Saturday)

Tour Superfund cleanup in Blackfoot Headwaters. Visit old mines and waste sites, and new revegetation along Bear Trap Creek, now back in its original channel for the first time in 75 years. Tour, led by MT DEQ workers,  will cover site history, cleanup process, and construction of waste repository. When: Oct 22,  10am to 1pm, Where: meet in Lincoln. RSVP/reserve your space --

Oct 24-26

Montana Watershed Symposium.  Billings

Oct 28-29

MT Governor's Local Food and Ag Summit. Bozeman.

National Wilderness Workshop at University of Montana.    Nov 7 is evening registration; Nov 8-10 are full days of workshops and field trips on communications, fundraising, field skills, etc.

Coming soon!

Looking Ahead to 2017

April is Earth Month!

April 22-30 

Earth Week

Special Earth Week video message

Example Schedule:  2016 UM Earth Week

May 21-26 

American Fisheries Society Western Division meets in Missoula, MT.