Conservation Calendar

The Conservation Calendar of western Montana is maintained by the University of Montana Environmental Studies program. Updated daily. Refresh/Reload often. Email notices here. 


Nov 11-17 Geography Awareness Week. Includes  Nov 16 (5-8pm) -- GIS research displays in the Missoula Pop-up Museum underneath El Cazador. For more info, email Joe Offer 

 Nov 15-16 -- Montana Invasive Species Council Summit, Helena... Summit's draft agenda here.... Registration here.

Nov 16-17-- Northern Plains Resource Council's annual meeting in Billings. Jim Hightower is keynote speaker. More info on NPRC meeting here.

November 17 (Sat)

Five Valleys Audubon leads a bird walk/nature hike every 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am to noon at the Metcalf Wildlife Refuge in the Bitterroot Valley (4567 Wild Fowl Lane, Stevensville).  All welcome. (note -- no indoor ba0throoms)

1000 New Gardens Dig Day -- help put Missoula gardens to bed for the winter. Meet at Caras Park at noon on Saturday Nov 17. We'll work to 4pm.  For more info, contact

Missoula Valley Winter Market  continues every Saturday until April 20. 9am to  1pm in the Missoula Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins.

Presentation on Arctic Ecology Field Courses (to see polar bears near Churchill, Canada). Free talk at the Seeley Lake Historic Barn on Nov 17 at 1pm.  These courses are offered by Great Bear Foundation (info here). More info  or call 406-754-0034

Radical Realism for Climate Change. Panel discussion hosted by Missoula Rises. WHEN/WHERE: Nov 19 at 6:30 pm in Missoula Public Library. 

Nov 19 (Monday)

Radical Realism for Climate Change -- Missoula Rises invites everyone to this panel discussion featuring (1) Bonnie Buckingham, Community Food and Ag Coalition (CFAC) on local food security; (2) Local Indigenous Network Collective (LINC) rep, covering the pipeline frontlines; (3) Summer Nelson (Sierra Club) on efforts to get Missoula to commit to 100% renewable energy; and (4) Steve Schwartz, UM prof, on coal industry rhetoric used to undermine sustainable energy policies. For more info, contact Rebecca Weston at  406-546-0938 or

November 20 (Tuesday)

Abandoned bike auction -- city of Missoula auctions abandoned bikes. WHEN/WHERE: Nov 20,  viewing starts at 9am; auction is 4:30-5:30pm. at Gardner’s Auction, 4810 Highway 93 South

Raptors of the Rockies presentation will introduce you to a falcon, hawk, and 2 owls who want to tell you their stories. Learn about their valuable services and their habitat challenges and efforts to protect them. Hosted by MT Wilderness Association. WHEN/WHERE: Nov 20 from 7-8pm at Opportunity Resources, 2821 S. Russell, Msla.

November 24 (Saturday)

Small Business Saturday in Missoula -- support local businesses.

November 27 (Tuesday)

Missoula Transportation Safety Plan Open House (info on plan & how to give feedback here) Nov 27, 5:30-7:30pm  at Missoula City Council Chambers, 140 W. Pine Street.

Post-Election Opportunities for Climate Action , hosted by Sierra Club. WHEN/WHERE: Nov 27 at 7pm at the Public House (130 E. Broadway, Msla).

Dec 1 (Saturday)

Volunteer work day on Rock Creek with Five Valleys Land Trust. spreading native grass seed. For info, contact or call 406-549-0755.

Dec 2 (Sunday)

Five Valleys Audubon field trip to Mission Valley. All welcome. Meet at 7:50 am in the UM Adams Center parking lot to carpool. More info, contact Larry 406-549-5632;

Dec 5 (Wed)

Steve Running, Nobel Laureate demonstrates the Magic Planet, a digital video globe with stunning pictures of the earth & the solar system. Cost $5. preregistration required here. WHEN/WHERE: Dec 5 from 3:30-5pm at MT Natural History Center, 120 Hickory, Msla

Dec 6-8 -- Missoula Organic Association annual meeting, Great Falls. Contact or (406) 546-6572

Dec 6 (Thurs)

Climate Smart's end of year celebration. refreshments, raffle, awards, solar power. Dec 5 from 5-8pm at Goodworks Ventures.

Dec 7 (Friday)

Holiday Parties !!! at Five Valleys Land Trust (5-7pm at 120 Hickory St) and Clark Fork Coalition (5-9pm @ 140 S.4th W) plus the Coalition's online auction starts.

Dec 9 (Sunday)

Missoula Made Fair (local hand made gifts), Dec 9, 11am-6pm at UM Adams Center.

Dec 11 (Tuesday)

Bitterroot Water Forum's Holiday Party -- Dec 11, 5:30-7:30 pm at Hamilton Elks Lodge, 203 State St.

Dec 15 (Saturday)

Christmas Bird Count -- organized by 5 Valleys Audubon. Check back for details.

January 14 (Monday)

Flora & Fauna of Iceland & Greenland. Free talk hosted by MT Native Plant Society. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 14, 7pm in UM's Gallagher Business Building room 123. 

January 17-18 -- Western Montana Grazing & Ag Conference. at Missoula's Double Tree Hotel.

Check back later

March 13-15 -- Montana Large Lakes Conference -- Emerging Issues in Lake Science and Management.  Whitefish MT.  Check back for details. Some info here.

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

April is Earth Month!

April 14-22: EARTH WEEK 2018....Special Earth Message 

Note: 2018 info presented as an example until the 2019 info available. 

Highlights of Earth Week 2018 ......  More Details & Events here.

May 11

Five Valleys Land Trust annual banquet and Auction