Conservation Calendar

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

Sept 28-Oct 1 --Trout Unlimited's annual national meeting, Bozeman

Sept 29 (Thursday)

The Future of Urban Mobility-- a talk by CEO of Proterra (industry leader in electric bus technology). ASUM Transportation hosts this talk to celebrate the arrival of UM's electrict buses. WHEN: Sept 29 at 7pm; WHERE: UM's Gallagher building room 123. . Details are at

Sept 30 (Friday)

MT Board of Environmental Review meets. Click here for Agenda, location & other details.

Official opening of State Arboretum interpretive space on UM Campus. 10 am --Ribbon cutting east end of the oval, just north of Main Hall. 1pm -- Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the creation of the state arboretum with cake/refreshments and tours of the arboretum.

Official Launch of UM's 2 new electric buses by Governor Bullock & UM President Royce Engstrom. WHEN: Sept 30 at 11 am; WHERE: UM Oval. Details are at

Oct 1 (Saturday)

Blackfoot River Restoration Tour was rescheduled to Oct 8. 

Gallatin Watershed Tour, Oct 1, 10am -1pm (lunch provided). Space limited, RSVP:, 406-551-0804.

Birding field trip to wetlands near Frenchtown with 5 Valleys Audubon. Meet at 8:20 am in NW corner of UM Adams Center parking lot. More info: call Larry at 549-5634

Oct 2-6 --World of Trout (link to website) – 1st International Congress,  Bozeman MT, Oct 2-6. Theme: global trout conservation.

Oct 5 (Wed)

R U Wild for Wildlife?  Learn how you can help protect MT wildlife. Hosted by UM Society for Ecological Restoration and Defenders of Wildlife. WHEN: Oct 5 from 11:30am to 1:30 pm; WHERE: UM's University Center room 224.  Food served!

Oct 6 (Thurs)

Help UM Dining Gardens build a compost bin at the South Ave garden on Thursday Oct 6 from 2pm until it’s completed.  For more info, contact Stasia, UMD Gardens Manager  406-243-5141

 Affordable Housing, Agriculture & Community -- Jim Oldham of Equity Trust will give a talk on Oct 6 at 7:30pm at UM's Jeanette Rankin Hall, room 202.   More info at: Trust Montana website.     and

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 8 (Sat)

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 8 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.

All-day field trip to eagle banding sites near Lincoln. Led by Five Valleys Audubon. Reservations required. Contact Larry at 549-5632.

Oct 10 (Monday)

Clean Energy Rally in Butte. Starts at 11 a.m. in Emma Park, followed by a march to NorthWestern Energy's headquarters, where local energy activists will describe what a clean energy future would look like. For more info, contact  Transportation provided. For more info and to sign up, click here.

Oct 12 (Wed)

MT Water Policy Interim Committee meets in Helena. Agenda: proposed legislation dealing with river basin councils, wetland permitting, creation of a surface water assessment program. Public comment invited. WHEN: Oct 12,  10 a.m.  ; WHERE: State Capitol in Helena ( room 172). More info at; Committee Staff: or 406-444-1640

Oct 12-14--American Water Resources Assocation (MT chapter) conference at Fairmont Hot Springs.

Oct 13-14- Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent, Fernie, BC. 

Oct 14 (Friday)

Reserve Street Cleanup -- help the Clark Fork Coalition and Missoula Water Quality District remove litter near the river. 2 hour shifts begin at 1pm & 3pm. Meet in the SE corner of the Walmart Parking lot at Reserve & Mullan. For more info and to signup, contact  or call her at 542-0539

Bulls, Blues and Brews -- Fundraiser for 5 Valleys Land Trust's Mount Dean Stone Project.  Food, drinks & music by Discount Quartet.  $10 at the door. WHEN: Oct 14 @ 6pm; WHERE: 350 Ryman, Msla. Hosted by UM Env. Law Group. More info:

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. Peace Party Details Here.

Oct 18-19 -- MT Drought Resilience Demonstration Project, Dillon, MT.  For more info, contact or

Oct 19 (Wed)

Tour of Missoula wastewater treatment system, including treatment plant, composting facility and land application on tree  plantation. UM vans depart from UM's tennis courts parking lot at 2pm, arrive at wastewater treatment plant about 2:15. You can meet us at the plant at 2:15. Tour will end around 5:15. For more info email Vicki

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

Oct 20-21--River Restoration workshop. Free hands-on classroom & field course. WHERE: Big Sky, MT.  Provided by Montana Water Center.

Oct 22 (Saturday)

Volunteer work day at UM FLAT--garden work, cider making, chicken wrangling. WHEN: Oct 22, from 10am-2pm; WHERE: 633 S 5th St E. More info here.

FUNdraiser for 1000 New Gardens and Free Cycles. Baked goods, music, and fresh-pressed apple cider! WHEN: Oct 22, 6pm to 9pm; WHERE: Freecycles, 732 S 1st St W, Msla.

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 23 (Sunday)

Harvest Party at UM FLAT--homemade soup/bread/cider/pie, raffle, music, chicken rides (you must be less than 6 inches tall to ride the chickens). WHEN: Oct 23 from 1-4pm; WHERE: 633 S 5th St E. UM FLAT facebook page. We are raising funds for a new chicken coop. If you can help, go to

Oct 24-26

Montana Watershed Symposium.  Billings

Oct 28-29

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

Nov 1 (Tues)

Student Voter Day at UM's UC. details to follow. For more info, contact Claire Babcock  406-600-3590

Nov 7-10

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.

Nov 8 (Tues) ELECTION DAY!!  VOTE!!

Volunteer work day at UM FLAT--garden work, cider making, chicken wrangling. WHEN: Nov 8,  from 10am-2pm; WHERE: 633 S 5th St E.More info here.

Nov 14-20 -- Building a Resilient Missoula events  (check back for details)

Nov 30-Dec 1--Community Based Collaboration Workshop--Fairmont Hot Springs near Anaconda. For more info, contact  or 406-587-2974

Coming soon!

Looking Ahead to 2017

April is Earth Month!

April 7 (Friday)

Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene -- Jedediah Purdy of Duke University speaks in the UM President's lecture series. WHEN: April 7 at 8pm; WHERE: UM's Dennison Theater. Dr Purdy will also speak on Ecology & Political Economy in the History of Capitalism (at 3pm in Gallagher Business room 123).  

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.