The Master Naturalist Program was new to Helena in 2016 and is back again! Led by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Montana Discovery Foundation, our partners the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, Montana Land Reliance and Helena Garden Club have collectively made the first course a great success. We spent a week learning about plants, animals and the interrelated ecology between.

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR THIS YEAR’S MASTER NATURALIST COURSE – June 19-23, 2017

The course fee is $140 payable to the Montana Discovery Foundation. If you want the state-wide Montana Master Naturalist Certification just pay an extra $100 to the Montana Natural History Center. After one year of volunteering a total of 40 hours to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Montana Discovery Foundation or the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest you’ll get a monogrammed Master Naturalist jacket!

Contact Kurt Cunningham at 406-444-9939 or kcunningham@mt.gov to register – or stop in at Montana WILD at 2668 Broadwater Ave.

2017 Master Naturalist Flyer


2017 Master Naturalist Class Schedule:

Habitat Day
June 19 – 8:00am to 4:30pm
Meet at MT WILD 2668 Broadwater Ave, 444-9944

Discover Montana’s ecosystems!
Nature Interpretation
Meet the native plants at MT WILD with Sue Leferink
Learn about Helena’s mountain vegetation through plant ID in the field.   Join experts from the Helena National Forest and the MT Discovery Foundation and conduct vegetation plot studies on Mount Helena

Fish & Wildlife Day
June 20 – 7:00am to 4:00pm
MT WILD

Bird survey at Spring Meadow Lake State Park. Learn the basics of bird identification and how to start your own citizen scientist survey through collecting data that will aid the scientific community.
Birds of prey Lisa Rhodin, MT WILD’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Learn about the Mammals through skull, track, fur identification
Living with Carnivores  Laurie Wolf, FWP
Discover Montana’s Native Fish  Ryan Schmaltz, FWP

Elkhorn Mountain Tour
June 21 – 7:00 am to 4:00 pm
Meet at MT WILD then head out for the field trip

Amphibian survey Matt Bell (Montana Land Reliance) will lead this scientific investigation.
Explore Strawberry Lookout Learn About Fire Ecology and Succession
Learn about insects

Explore Overnight!
June 22-23 – Beartooth Wildlife Management Area (WMA)
Leave MT WILD 10:00 am Thursday 23rd
Travel to the Beartooth WMA

Managing the Landscape – Public Land Management and Conservation Easements – FWP, HLCNF, MT Land Reliance
Aquatic insects, take a plant hike, bird survey
Listening to BATS
Interpreting nature to others