We are pleased to be able to offer community programs that get you and your family outdoors, enjoying the Montana Audubon Center! Please join us!
Native Plant Symposium
Saturday, June 12
Soil Science with Rocky Mountain Compost and NRCS
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lets get dirty with soil! Join us for the final day of Native Plant Symposium workshops! During this session, staff from Rocky Mountain Compost and NRCS will talk about the basics of assessing soil health, and the best ways to help care for your own soil. Afterward, join our staff for a walk to some local soil pits to practice some basic soil health assessment.
Meet at the Montana Audubon Center Building
Plant ID- MAC Staff and RMC Botany Professor Megan Poulette
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Enjoy a summer saunter focusing on plant id, common plant families, the ecological roles of plants, human uses, and interesting history related to particular plants and families. Bring your field notebooks and water bottles!
Meet at the Montana Audubon Center Building
Every Saturday 9am - 1pm from June through August
We are excited to again offer our weekly Saturday Open Houses this summer! Come down to explore and enjoy the great outdoors. Ask a naturalist your essential questions about animals and plants. Borrow field guides, insect nets, and binoculars. Or get in a canoe and explore the ponds (suggested donation $10/canoe or free for members).
Nature Nuts Preschool Program
Every Tuesday 10 - 11am
Nature exploration comes naturally, especially for little kids! Children ages 1 to 4 (and an accompanying adult) join our teacher naturalists for guided outdoor play and learning about the local area. Advanced Registration Required
June 1st- Canoeing
June 8th- Insect Collection
June 16th- Macroinvertebrate Collection
June 22nd- River Walk
June 29th- Water
Suggested donation $5/child or free for members
Saturday June 12 from 8:30 - 10am
Enjoy a morning stroll by the river and learn a few birds along the way. Great for beginning birders. Binoculars and guidebooks available to check out.
Suggested donation $10/adults, $5/students, or FREE for members
Weekend Wonders Family Program
3rd Saturday of the month from 9:30 - 11am
These naturalist-led programs are designed for all ages of explorers. Every month features a different topic that will get you and your family outdoors, learning about the plants and animals in our big backyard.
June Theme: Here Fishy, Fishy (June 19th)
Join us this month to learn all about fish. What fish call our ponds home? Learn to identify common fish in our area. Create your own paper fish as we learn about fish anatomy. We will be setting fish traps the night before so come see what we catch!
Suggested donation $5/person or free for members
Walk with a Naturalist
Tuesday June 22nd from 6:30 - 8pm
Spring is in full swing! Join us to make observations, follow our curiosity, and share naturalist knowledge with each other. Each month we’ll explore a different natural area in and around Billings. This month we’ll meet at Four Dances Natural Area, a BLM property overlooking the Yellowstone River. The parade of wildflowers will continue with new species in bloom this month!
Please bring any naturalist tools you like to use (binoculars, field guides, magnifying glasses, journals, etc.). We’ll also have some equipment you can borrow.
Suggested donation $5-10/person.
Brushes with Nature
Saturday June 19th from 4 - 6pm
Lindi O'Brien will be our guide and mentor as we connect with nature through art. Lindi will demonstrate basic watercolor techniques and help participants paint flowers, birds or whatever natural subject sparks your creativity! Participants will receive a watercolor brush pen set to take home. Cost is $45/person or $75/couple sharing a brush set.
Billings Pollinator Week & Festival
Pollinator Week is an international annual event held for celebrating and supporting our pollinators. Billings businesses and organizations will be hosting pollinator related events all week. Montana Audubon Center will be hosting a plant walk Monday, June 21 (4:00 - 6:00 pm). Email Miranda to register, or just drop in. The week will culminate at St. Andrews Community Garden Pollinator Festival on Saturday, June 26 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm). There will be booths, lecture, activities, and fun! Drop in to learn about pollinators and celebrate with us.
Learn more about our COVID protocols for programs here.