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. 



March 20 (Wednesday)

Flathead Basin Commission meets in Whitefish. Agenda includes budget & legislative updates, strategies for reducing nonpoint source pollution from septic systems & stormwater management, creek restoration. March 20 , 11 am to 4 pm, Whitefish City Council Chambers.  Open to all.  Note this meeting will be followed by the  Columbia River Treaty Town Hall meeting in Kalispell March 20th from 5:30-7:00 pm (Red Lion).

March 21 (Thursday)

Indicators of Wetland Change/Montana Wetland Council meets in Helena. Wetland specialists explain indicators of change in wetlands following disturbances, management action, or restoration, followed by breakout sessions to discuss monitoring needs of specific programs. WHEN/WHERE: March 21, 9 am to 3:30 pm at MT DEQ's Metcalf Building, room 111 at 1520 E. 6th Ave, Helena. More info:

Peace Corps Application workshop at UM --learn how to find the right placement for you, and how to write a stand out application. WHEN/WHERE: March 21 at 4 pm in UM's Career Services Resource Library in Lommasson (room 154). Contact UM Peace Corps rep here.

Orientation and meetup for Fixit Coaches (who have volunteered to lead Fixit Clinics).  at 4pm at Home Resource, 1515 Wyoming, Msla.   More info on Fixit Clinics and Coaches here.

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. The first panel of series is focused on glass waste reduction. Learn local options for Reduce, Reuse and Recycle of glass. WHEN/WHERE: March 21, 5-7pm; starts in Home Resource community room (1515 Wyoming) followed by a tour of Bayern glass bottle washer.

Stream Restoration in the Middle Clark Fork watershed. Paul Parson of Trout Unlimited will give a slideshow on the many stream restoration projects in this basin. Free. March 21 from 6-8 pm at  Imagine Nation (1151 W Broadway, Msla)

Co-existing with bears in Seeley Lake.  Free public info program. March 21 at 7 pm at Seeley Lake Historical Barn. For more info, contact or call 754-0034. 

Rising Tide--scientists and artists collaborate in this performance to inspire reflection and action on global sustainability and climate change. More info & tickets here. WHEN/WHERE: March 21 at 7:30pm in UM's Montana Theater. Free tickets for first 100 UM students who come to the box office. Regular admission $15

March 21-23 -- Montana Environmental Education Association's annual conference, at Fairmont Hot Springs, near Butte. Conference agenda and registration here.

March 22 (Friday) World Water Day 

Conservation Community Legislative Action Day in Helena. A chance to meet with your representatives and talk about bills that affect Montana's land, water and wildlife. 9:30-11:30 (at Lewis and Clark Public Library) --MEIC will provide a briefing on current bills, hearings occurring that day. Noon to 5 pm, (at Capitol) citizens can attend hearings, speak with their representatives. For more info, call (406) 443-2520.

March 23 (Saturday)

5 Valleys Audubon All Day Field Trip to Metcalf wildlife refuge. All welcome. March 23, 7:50 am to 5 pm. Meet in NW corner of UM Adams Center Parking lot (Lot P) at 7:50 am to carpool. Bring water & lunch. More info:  Larry 406-549-5632;

Tree Pruning Workshop (link) --learn how to improve production or appearance. March 23 from noon to 3pm at Orchard Gardens, Missoula.

March 24 (Sunday)

Workshop on Cultivating Oyster Mushrooms, led by Western Montana Mycological Association. Learn to grow these delicious mushrooms. March 24, 2-4 pm at MUD. More info & tickets here.

March 26 & 28  -- Help MPG Ranch & Raptor View Research Institute monitor the spring raptor migration in the Bitterroot Valley. Bring binoculars & dress for the outdoors. Monitoring will be 11 am to 3pm. To get directions & details, email or call 406-396-6285.

 March 30 (Saturday)

Five Valleys Seed Library's annual seed swap. 10am to 2 pm at Missoula Public Library. Free seeds and talks: 11 am -- Mason bees -- how to raise these valuable pollinators; 12:30 pm -- Basics of Seed Saving. There will also be a house plant swap. All welcome.

April is Earth Month!

April 1 (Monday)

Climate Action Collective meets -- working for a rapid and equitable path to a livable future for Missoula with 100% clean and affordable energy. All welcome. WHEN/WHERE: April 1 at 3 pm in room 224 of UM's University Center.  email CAC here.

Climate Change and Human Migration. Journalist Todd Miller speaks on these intersecting issues. Free. April 1, 6:30 pm in the UM's University Center Theater (3rd floor).

April 3 (Wednesday)

Missoula City Council and County Commissioners meet to vote on a joint resolution for Missoula urban area to convert to all renewable electricity by 2030 (info here). Tentative time/place: April 3 at 3:30pm in Missoula Council Chambers (140 W. Pine). City Council will reconfirm at their regular meeting on April 8.

April 4 (Thursday)

Public hearing on proposed zoning regulations to regulate cryptocurrency mining in Missoula County (link to info).   Regulations are intended to mitigate impacts of noise, e-waste & high energy consumption. WHEN/WHERE: April 4 at 2pm in County Courthouse Annex (room 151),  200 W. Broadway

Bird Identification workshop begins.  offered by Five Valleys Audubon. Continues on Thursdays (4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25 and a field trip Sat May 4). WHEN/WHERE: 7 - 9:30 pm at Fish, Wildlife & Parks at 3201 Spurgin Rd, Msla. Cost $35. To sign up, contact Larry Weeks at 549-5632 (540-3064 cell) or

April 5 (Friday)

 Living the Zero-Waste Life workshop, free. WHEN/WHERE: April 5 at 5 pm at UM FLAT ( 633 S 5th St E, by UM) .

April 6 (Saturday)

Natural Dyes & Fibers workshop free. WHEN/WHERE: April 6 from 1-4 pm at UM FLAT ( 633 S 5th St E, by UM) .

Permaculture Design Workshop. Using design principles from Nature (& systems thinking), learn how to create beautiful, diverse, sustainable gardens, homes and communities. April 6, 1-4 pm at the MUD site. More info & tickets here.

Gardening workshop.   Free.   April 6 at 7pm at Seeley Lake Community Hall. For more info, contact or call 754-0034. 

Search for Owls with 5 Valleys Audubon at Ninepipes area. Meet at 4pm at NW Corner of UM Adams Center lot (will be gone about 5 hours).

April 9 (Tuesday)

Climate Change & Extreme Events -- how will cities respond?. Free public lecture by Professor Nancy Grimm, Arizona State University. WHEN/WHERE: April 9 at 4pm in UM's Todd building, room 204. Earlier that day, Dr. Grimm will also be part of a panel with UM water faculty that will discuss The Science of Water & Resilience at noon in UM's Todd Building room 203.

April 11 (Thursday)

Montana's High Mountain Wildflowers. A slide show presented by MT Native Plant Society to help you identify the flowers you will be seeing on hikes. WHEN/WHERE: April 11 at 7 pm in UM's Gallagher Business Building, room L09. Free.

April 12 (Friday)

UM Sustainable Campus Committee meets. All welcome. April 12, 9-10 am in UM Campus Recreation second floor conference room. Enter through UM Outdoor Program entrance on NE corner of building &  go up the stairs.  For more info, contact Eva.

April 13 (Sat)

UM FLAT work day -- planting new native plant gardens around the FLAT. 9am to noon.  For more info, contact UM FLAT.

World's Largest Garage Sale -- reduce waste, buy/sell already loved items. WHEN/WHERE: April 13, 9am to 1:30pm in UM's covered parking garage. For more info, including how to rent space to sell at the Garage Sale, click here.

Stream Team Orientation-- This citizen science project will study the response of Rattlesnake Creek to dam removal. Citizens 13 & over welcome. Snacks provided.  April 13 from 10 am to Noon at Watershed Education Network (802 E. Front St, Msla). For more info & to reserve your spot,  contact

April 13-19 -- International Wildlife Film Festival (link).   Saturday April 13 WildWalk & WIldFest  noon to 3pm, Higgins St & Caras Park

April 14 (Sunday)

1000 New Gardens Dig Day -- help put more gardens into Missoula lawns (& more food on Missoula tables).  Meet at Caras Park at noon, and we’ll work until we get done (or 4pm).  Dress for the weather in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring water bottle, snacks provided.  More info,

April 15 (Monday)

UM Recycling Committee meets to discuss how to reduce waste at UM through education, procurement practices, etc. All welcome. WHEN/WHERE: Apr 15, 2-3 pm at UM Facilties Services room 101. Meetings are 3 Mondays .

April 20-28: EARTH WEEK & ARBOR WEEK 2019....Special Earth Message 

Arbor Week program here

Highlights of Earth Week:

April 26-29, 2019 -- Naturalist Field Weekend in Greater Sage Grouse Habitat with MT Natural History Center (info here).

April 2 (Friday

April 29 (Monday)

Climate Action Collective meets -- working for a rapid and equitable path to a livable future for Missoula with 100% clean and affordable energy. All welcome. WHEN/WHERE: April 29 at 3 pm in room 224 of UM's University Center.  email CAC here

May 3 (Friday)

Clean & Affordable Energy Conference in Boise ID.

May 11 (Saturday)

Five Valleys Land Trust annual banquet and Auction. May 11, 5:30pm at UM's University Center Ballroom.  Food, friends, auction, music. $60. tickets online or call 406.549.0755. 

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)

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 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.

Check back later

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

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 14-16 -- Montana Watershed Symposium, Butte

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