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. 


July 17 (Wed)

Farm Tour-- Mill Crick Farm (Hamilton) -- Cultivation Systems for weed management (Free). This farm grows veggies, flowers and mushrooms.  July 17, 4-6 pm.  Details here.

July 18 (Thursday)

How wildlife use the confluence of the Clark Fork & Blackfoot Rivers -- a Ranger Walk & Talk at Milltown State Park Overlook, July 18 from 6-8 pm. More info.

Natural Resources & Environmental Policy -- an international perspective. International visitors share their experience in natural resource/environmental policy in these free community dialogs hosted by the Rankin Peace Center. July 18, 5:30-7pm at 519 S. Higgins, Missoula.

Montana Organic Association's Free Farm Tour (wheat farms near Hinsdale MT); 8am to 5pm . Info on grain and clover rotation, kids activities, food, camping.  More info and register here

July 19 (Friday)

Northern Plains Resource Councils Soil Crawl & Compost Exchange, Geraldine MT. July 19, 9:30-4:30 Register by July 15 & more info here

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 20 (Saturday)

Bird Walk at Metcalf Refuge with Five Valleys Audubon (10 am to noon). All welcome. Meet at 10 am at the Visitor Center, 4567 Wild Fowl Ln, Stevensville, MT .

July 20-21 -- High Altitude Flowers in the Snowcrest Range. Join MT Native Plant Society on this overnight trip to an outstanding wildflower display. Free but must register . For info & to register, contact Paul at (970)901-2418,

July 21 (Sunday)

Glass Recycle Drop-off at Imagine Nation. Recycling Works will take your glass to be recycled. Cost: $5/5 gallon bucket. and get $1 off your drink .   WHEN/WHERE: July 21, noon-8 pm; 1151 W Broadway, Msla.

Sunrise Movement community  BBQ (low carbon). Enjoy the weather, share ideas for climate action in the coming months. All welcome. WHEN/WHERE: July 21 at noon in Caras Park pavilion, Missoula. 

July 23 (Tuesday)

Tour Wildlife Conservation Ranch in the Bitterroot Valley. Visit MPG Ranch to learn about current projects and long-term goals for wildlife conservation and research.  Plan to hike and dress for the weather. July 23, 1-3:30pm .  For directions,  Contact Joshua Lisbon: or 406-396-6285.

July 24 -- SIgn up to volunteer with the Sustainability Initiatives at the Western Montana Fair (Aug 7-11). More info on the Sustainability Initiatives and Volunteer sign-up <-- here. See also the Fair notice at Aug 7-11.

July 26 -- Montana River Rendezvous at Fort Peck, MT is SOLD OUT. Thanks for interest.

 July 26-28 -- Landscape Photography Workshop while camping in the Great Burn  led by Great Burn Conservation Alliance (info here).

July 27-28 -- Volunteer work weekend on the Bear Creek Overlook trail near Victor, MT. Front country car camping & delicious food provided. Hosted by Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Wilderness Foundation. More info & registration here.

 July 30 (Tues)

Faith & Climate Action meets (all welcome). Planning for the Global Climate Action event in Sept.  WHEN/WHERE:  July 30 at 4 pm at Emmaus house (532 University, Msla).

Aug 1 (Thursday)

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

Forest Diseases -- how to recognize & treat them -- a Ranger Walk & Talk at Milltown State Park Overlook, Aug 1 from 6-8 pm. More info.

Aug 2 (Friday)

Clark Fork Superfund Bird Tour -- see how birds are responding to the cleanup & restoration of the upper river. Led by Clark Fork Coalition. Meet at 6 am in the NW corner of UM's Adams Center parking lot.

 Aug 3-4 -- Camping trip on Kid Lake in the Great Burn  led by Great Burn Conservation Alliance (info here).

August 4 (Sunday)

Farm Feast --Blue Moutain Bike to Barns-- hop on your bike for this 15 mile round trip tour of 5 farms in Missoula's Target Range Neighborhood. Farmers will share their stories and a taste of their farm. Day ends with a BBQ highlighting local foods & libations. More info, Contact Erika   Ride starts at 10 am &  ends at 2pm at The Trough (2106 Clements Rd., Msla). Must register here by July 31

August 7 (Wednesday)

Farm Tour-- Forbidden Fruit Orchard (Paradise, MT) -- Orchard Management. Details here.

Aug 7-11 -- Montana State Fair in Missoula -- theme:  Green Thumbs and Pie Crumbs. The fair has committed to Missoula's Zero by Fifty initiative to reduce waste. Check out the other sustainability themes at the fair (oh, and it's free). Sign up to volunteer at the fair here.

August 9 (Friday)

UM Flathead Lake Biostation Open House -- tours, boat trips, research exhibits & presentations.  Free. Aug 9, 1 to 5 pm. For more info, contact or 406-872-4503 

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. 

Aug 14 (Wednesday)

Community meeting on a Watershed Restoration Plan for the Central Clark Fork River (Flint Creek to the Flathead River). Public input sought on which Mineral County streams to prioritize for restoration. All welcome. Refreshments! WHEN/WHERE: Aug 14, from 6 to 8 pm in Mineral County Courthouse, Commissioners meeting room, Superior.  More info,  contact   <>

Aug 15 (Thursday)

PEAS Farm Party (link)    -- Celebrate summer with local food & music & friends. Tickets support the PEAS farm. Aug 15, 5:30-9 pm; PEAS Farm, 3010 Duncan Drive in Missoula's beautiful Rattlesnake valley.

Buffalo Road: Native Trails through the Confluence -- a Ranger Walk & Talk at Milltown State Park Overlook, Aug 15 from 6-8 pm. More info.

Aug 16-18 -- Join Rocky Mountaineers to camp and climb in Glacier Park. More info here. Contact: Forest Dean

Aug 16-18 -- Camping trip on Straight Creek in the Great Burn  led by Great Burn Conservation Alliance (info here).

Aug 17 (Saturday)

Bird Walk at Metcalf Refuge with Five Valleys Audubon (10 am to noon). All welcome. Meet at 10 am at the Visitor Center, 4567 Wild Fowl Ln, Stevensville, MT .

Aug 18 (Sunday)

Farm Feast at Red Hen Farm & Orchard (Missoula's west side).  Get to know your local farmers while enjoying delicious local food and beverages. Aug 18, 5-7:30 pm. Find info & tickets here

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.

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 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 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

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

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 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.

September 18 (Wed)

Farm Tour-- Lifeline Produce (Victor), Reducing the On-Farm Carbon Footprint. Details 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 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 8:15 am 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 MT. 2019 Agenda here.....Registration here. ....More info on the COC....

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

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

Oct 10 (Thursday)

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.

October 12 (Saturday)

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

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 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
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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