Ethnobotany Garden

About the Ethnobotany Garden

The Ethnobotany Garden surrounding the University of Montana's Payne Family Native American Center provides an opportunity for public education and a living laboratory for students. Fittingly, it sits on the site of a historic Salish Indian encampment, and the building is designed to reflect that legacy as well as the heritage and cultures of all Montana Native American tribes.


Due to Covid-19 our public programming is postponed until next semester. We encourage the public, students & families to enjoy the Ethnobotany Garden and to use the information on this student created website to take a self-guided tour

Explore Our Living Laboratory

The Ethnobotany Garden at the Payne Family Native American Center contains Native plants, shrubs and grasses of the Rocky Mountain West.  Eight "Circle of Life" represent the diverse ecoregions of Montana and the Native American tribe or tribes that live within that region. Explore each "Circle of Life" below and the rich histories and contemporary stories of the Native American tribe(s) of Montana and the Native plants important to them.