Conservation Calendar 2020

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. Note -- the calendar will move to MEIC's website sometime in May (a link will be provided) . So make copies of each month's events now in case there is a gap in availability. 

UM's Seeking Sustainability Lecture/Action Series


May is Bike Month--check back for self-guided bike tours

NOTE -- many public events are canceled, postponed or offered online. Check links and contact info below for latest news. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES !!

   Missoula Bike Month info.....   Missoula Bike Month facebook here.

   Flathead Lake Do It Yourself Mussel Walk --any time in May, instructions here.

   Self-guided tree tours in Missoula -- app will be linked here.

   Missoula Parks & Recreation programs closed through May 25, info here.

May 4-10 -- Home Grown Food Summit -- online and free. 

May 6-8 -- Super Moon -- the moon is full and close to Earth.

Clean & Affordable Energy Conference in Missoula. CANCELED, but hope to offer webinars later. Check in with  NW Energy Coalition.

May 9 (ish) -- Wildflower Walk at Milltown State Park. Face-to-face walk was Canceled. But a virtual version will be posted on Milltown State Park's facebook page  and Instagram page. thanks to Clark Fork Chapter of MT Native Plant Society

May 9-10 -- Missoula Urban Demo Project's Tool Library will be open 10 am to 4 pm for curbside pick up & drop off. Reserve tools a day in advance at 406-549-6790 or email ... Info on making reservations & pick/up drop off here.

May 12 (Tuesday)

Native Plant & Pollinator walk at MPG Ranch (wildlife conservation ranch in the Bitterroot Valley). Led by staff botanist.  Space is limited (so there can be social distancing). Reserve a space-- contact Joshua at or call 406-396-6285. May 12, 10 to 2 pm.   Another walk on May 26.

May 13 (Wed) -- Trillium Walk at Spring Gulch. Canceled, sorry

Ecological Restoration talks will be rescheduled -- info here. . past pub talks here. 

May 15 (Friday)

Becoming a Watershed Citizen-- elementary school program offered by Flathead Lakers. CANCELED for this year, but back next year. Info: contact 

Mid May -- starting in Mid May -- Missoula Urban Demo Project will offer Llama poo for sale with curbside pickup. Details will be at this link.

May 15-25 -- Mountain Film Festival ONLINE -- info & passes here. 

May 16 -- FIXIT Clinic at MUD (in-person clinics CANCELED, but may have some virtual help). Family-friendly fun reducing waste. Free.  Another on June 13 may still happen.

May 18-19 -- MT Water Policy Interim Committee meets on the MT Water Court. Will be live-streamed & archived here. To participate, email 

May 20 -- Grasses of Missoula Valley on Waterworks Hill trail. CANCELED.

May 21 -- Peace Advocacy Workshop Online, 6-8pm. Info & registration here.

May 22-25 -- UM Environmental Studies  program celebrates 50 years of action for the Earth.    Missoula. POSTPONED, check back later for plans

May 23 (Sat)

Missoula Farmers markets will reopen with crowd size capped at 250 and with social distancing. Only fresh farm products will be sold; no other activities. Pre-order online for quick pick-up.  More info will be at Missoula Farmers Market and Clark Fork River Market.

May 26 (Tuesday)

Native Plant & Pollinator walk at MPG Ranch (wildlife conservation ranch in the Bitterroot Valley). Led by staff botanist.  Space is limited (so there can be social distancing). To reserve a space, contact Joshua at or call 406-396-6285. May 26, 10-2 pm.

May 26 -- Climate Conversations CANCELED

May 27 (Wed)

Three Rivers Collaborative meets. All welcome. Discussion of a River Master  Plan to reduce impacts of heavy river recreation use near Missoula. May 27, 4-5:30 pm at Imagine Nation (1151 W. Broaday , Msla). More info, contact

May 28 (Thursday)

Montana Natural History Center ONLINE FUNdraiser. Your donation supports MNHC and comes with some nice gifts and the chance to win some great prizes. The one hour program includes a virtual wildflower walk led by MNHC naturalists. While you enjoy your own favorite lunch at home. May 28, noon to 1pm. Please purchase tickets by May 15.

May 28-30 -- World Beyond War Virtual workshops -- info & registration here.

May 29-30 -- Nature Journaling Conference, MT Natural History Center -- postponed until next year.

NOTE -- many public events are canceled, postponed or offered online. Check links and contact info below for latest news. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES !!

June 1 -- MT Renewable Resource grant applications due

June 5-7 -- Montana Audubon's annual Bird Festival. CANCELED. Hope to be back next year.

June 10 (Wed)

Tour of UM Native Plant Gardens, June 10 at 5:30 pm. Just west of the UC by the botany greenhouse. For more info, contact Paul at 970-901-2418

Deadline to Comment on MT Water Quality Standards. how to submit comments here.

June 11 -13 -- Montana Senior Olympics in Missoula.  Postponed until fall.   Volunteers still needed.  contact Hunter at

June 13 (Saturday)

FIXIT Clinic at MUD (check here to see if happening). Get help repairing stuff --  help move your community towards Zero Waste. Family-friendly fun and helpful Fixit coaches. Free. June 13, 11 am- 3 pm at MUD, 1527 Wyoming St, Missoula.

July 3-5 -- MT Native Plant Society annual meeting , Centennial Valley-- CANCELED.

Sept 14-18   --  Montana Health & Climate Week For more info, contact Peter McDonough of UM Climate Studies

Sept 14--Climate Action Webinar hosted by UM Climate Studies Program -- info here.tentative

Sept 23-25 -- Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent, Lethbridge, Alberta. More info

Sept 25-26 -- Montana Faith, Science and Climate Action Conference, will be ONLINE. the FSCA website will have info as plans are finalized. 

Oct 1 --Missoula's Urban Forests -- Living MuseumMT Natural History Center.  7pm.  

Missoula Conservation Voters annual celebration, Livingston, 5-8 pm.

Oct 6-8 -- North American Invasive Species Management Association annual conference. Whitefish Lake, MT.

Oct 7-9 -- Scientific Impacts to a Historic Landscape, AWRA Conference in Butte.

Oct 14-16 -- Montana Watershed Symposium, Butte  Theme: Summit to Stream: Connecting People, Water, and Forests

Oct 16-17--Reimagining School Lunch--Hosted by Cultivating Connections MT

Oct 20-22.  Innovative Solutions for Evolving Restoration Science -- hosted by MT Natural Resource Damage Program working to restore the upper Clark Fork River. Fairmont Hot Springs. Register by Oct 1.

November 3 (Tuesday)  US Election Day -- VOTE!

Vote as if the Earth & Human Society depends on it -- They do.

Nov 9-10 -- Soil Health Innovations Conference, MSU-Bozeman. More info, contact Vince Van Meter

Plant Conservation Conference --hope to schedule to Nov.   Rescheduling info will be here. 

Check back later