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.


April 25 (Tuesday)

Free screening of Walking Bear Comes Home -- documentary on the life of Chuck Jonkel. Film maker will be present to answer questions. WHEN: April 25, 6:15-8pm; WHERE: UM's Underground Lecture Hall.

April 26 (Wednesday)

Collect willow cuttings for Bitterroot restoration projects. 9am to 4pm.  E-mail Julia at to RSVP & details. Wear work clothes and sturdy shoes/boots, bring work gloves, water, and loppers (if you have them). We will carpool from downtown Hamilton to the work-site. Lunch provided

Wild Rivers Film Tour. American Rivers screens 8 wild rivers films in UM’s UC Theater on April 26 at 7pm (doors open at 6pm). Free, donations accepted to benefit Montanans for Healthy Rivers – a coalition of businesses, sportsmen and conservation groups working together to designate new Wild & Scenic Rivers in Montana.

April 26-27

Rally for Climate Justice (link). April 26-27 from noon to 1pm on the UM Oval.

MegaFires multimedia event (films & expert panel). WHEN/WHERE: April 26 in Lincoln Community Hall and April 27 in Seeley Lake Community hall.  Times:  5 pm BBQ & info booths; 6pm Film; 7pm panel of experts and Q&A

April 27 (Thursday)

How Libby Dam affects the White Sturgeon of the Kootenai River. Ryan Sylvester is hosted by MT Student Chapter of American Fisheries Society. Free. WHEN/WHERE: April 27 at 6pm in UM's Forestry building room 305.

UM Society for Ecological Restoration meeting. All welcome. WHEN: April 17, 5-630pm; WHERE: UM's UC 329.

April 27-28 -- Yellowstone River Symposium, Livingston. full agenda and register  here.

April 28 (Friday)

Bitterroot Water Symposium (link), April 28 (8:40 to 4pm) at Bitterroot College, Hamilton. Info: email  or call 406-375-0100. More info.

April 29 (Saturday)

UM FLAT Work Day. 4/29, 9am to 1pm; @ 633 S 5th St E, Msla. Contact Lauren

Missoula People's Climate Solidarity March and Rally (link). 4/29, 1-3pm.  Meet at Higgins Bridge and march to XXX's for rally.

Volunteer Day at Slant Street Pocket Park--weeding & planting. WHEN: 4/29, 1-4pm; WHERE: Mount & Plymouth, near Rose Park, Msl.

Seed Saving Workshop (Free). WHEN: April 29, 10am to noon; WHERE: Orchard Gardens, 210 N. Grove, Missoula. Email for info.

Birding trip to Brown's Lake with 5 Valleys Audubon. 7:50am to 4pm. More info, contact Larry at 549-5632

Volunteer Land Restoration work day near Anaconda. UM students invite volunteers to help build erosion-control structures. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, work gloves, boots.  RSVP to arrange carpools from UM   by calling 406-546-9535 or emailing  April 29.  Will leave UM around 7am.

Grand Opening of Ft. Missoula Regional Park (link) 4/29

Forestry Day at Ft Missoula (follow link & scroll down to Forestry Day info), 4/29.

April 30 (Sunday)

Volunteer planting day on Lolo Creek. Help Lolo Watershed group revegetate the creek. Lunch provided. WHEN: 9:30am-12:30pm; WHERE: HWY 12, milepost 21.

May 3 (Wednesday)

Wildflower Walk at Milltown State Park. Celebrate National Wildflower Week on a hike from the Bluff Overlook to the Clark Fork floodplain with Milltown State Park staff and members of the Clark Fork Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society. For more information, call 542-5533 or email WHEN: May 3, 6-8 p.m.; WHERE: Meet at the Milltown State Park Overlook, 1353 Deer Creek Road

May 4 (Thursday)

Climate Smart Meet-up (link) on Local Food & Ag. All welcome. WHEN: May 4, 5-7pm; WHERE: ImagineNation  at 1151 W. Broadway , Missoula

May 5 (Friday)

Comments due on Montana Climate Assessment. Click here to learn more about the draft report, and to submit a comment.

May 7 (Sunday)

Know Your Farmer Children's Festival (link). Connecting families to food sources. food, fun, animals, games, music. Fundraiser for Spirit at Play. $10/adult; kids Free. WHEN: May 7 from 1-4pm; WHERE: 621 Stephens Avenue, Missoula

Party for the Public Interest!  (MontPIRG 36th Birthday Party). Refreshments, music and meet some great young leaders.  Buy your tickets today! WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, May 7th @ 4:30 -7:00pm ;   The Public House (130 E Broadway)

May 11

MT Native Plant Society spring potluck-- all welcome. WHEN: May 11 at 6:30pm; WHERE: Pineview Park Pavilion in Missoula. Will enjoy wildflowers along the creek.

May 12-13: 16th Annual Bear Honoring, Missoula & Glacier National Park, Montana

May 16 (Tuesday)

UM Campus Thrift Sale -- Shrink that waste footprint! UM will once again offer for sale items donated by students clearing out of the dorms at the end of the semester. Benefits UM sustainability programs. Clothes, books, small appliances, etc. Volunteers needed to collect, sort, help with sale. To volunteer, fill out the Google volunteer form. For more information email Check back for location & time of sale. 

May 20 (Sat)

Five Valley Land Trust annual Banquet (fundraiser) -- live & silent auction, music, dinner, friends. WHEN: May 20 at 5:30pm;  WHERE: UM's UC Ballroom.  Tickets: $50. Call 406-549-0755 or  visit our website

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 26-28

MT Audubon's tour of Centennial Valley-Red Rocks Lake. Click here to learn more or reserve your spot! You may also reach us at 406.443.3949 or 

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 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 21 (Wed)

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

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

Check back later

August 22-26

7th International Symposium for Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control,  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 24-27

2017 Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence, Flathead Valley.  Check back for details.

September 19-20

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

September 25-27

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

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