Learning is not just for kids!

The Master Naturalist Program is new to Helena in 2016. 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 WILL BE ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS SOON FOR THE NEXT MASTER NATURALIST COURSE – June 19-23, 2017

2017 proposed master Naturalist Class Schedule:


Habitat Day

Monday June 19th, 2016   8:00am to 4:30pm
Meet at MT WILD

  • Discover Montana’s ecosystems!
  • 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 20th 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

  • Amphibian survey in the Elkhorn Mountains. Matt Bell (MLR) will lead this scientific investigation.
  • Explore Strawberry Lookout
  •  Learn about insects

Pollinators- Honey Bees Brent Sarchet, CCA
MSU/Lewis & Clark County Agricultural Extension Agent

Explore Overnight!

June 24-25 Beartooth Wildlife Management Area (WMA)
Leave MT WILD 10:00 am Thursday 23rd
Travel to the Beartooth WMA

Managing the Landscape –
Aquatic insects, take a plant hike, bird survey
Evening BAT program with Matt BellConservation Easements- MT Land Reliance
Wilderness Helena National Forest
Wildlife Management Areas – MT FWP Beartooth WMA
Interpreting nature to others– Ken Soderberg FWP