The Conservation Calendar of Montana is maintained in partnership with the University of Montana Environmental Studies program. Updated daily. Refresh/Reload often. Email event notices here. Times given are Mountain Time. Links are in bold italics.
APRIL IS EARTH MONTH — Earthrise by Poet Amanda Gorman
April Thursdays — MEIC updates on environmental bills at 5pm. Zoom Link Here.
Now until April 16 — One Nature-One Future Global Youth Summit (online) will enable youth 18-35 from around the world to connect & work on a statement to deliver at the IUCN Assembly. More info & register here.
Now until April 14 — WestSlope Chapter of Trout Unlimited online fundraiser here. Bid on fishing trips and gear — and you will be supporting stream restoration projects.
Now to May 1 — Gallatin Valley Earth Day events. online talks, films, & in-person tours & runs on climate action, zero waste, wildlife conservation, regenerative ag and more.
April 13 — Tour Missoula College green building features. 5pm. More info, email Vicki
April 14 (Wed) — Restoring Yellowstone Lake — managing invasive fish. webinar at noon. Join webinar here.
April 14 — Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority meets. 11:30-1pm. Join meeting
April 14 — Update on Restoration Work on the Upper Clark Fork River. Hear the latest progress & plans from UM, MT DEQ, MT FWP, & NRDP. 6-7:30 pm via Zoom. Register here.
April 14 —Swan River National Wildlife refuge wetland restoration project virtual tour 5:30-7:30pm.
April 15 (Thur) — Mosey with a Naturalist through Missoula’s Greenough Park. 10a-noon. Enjoy the morning, learn and share your knowledge. Info/Register here.
April 16 (Fri) — Volunteers needed for Riverside cleanup near Reserve Street bridge in Missoula. 8am to noon. Meet at 8am at Riverside Pawn Shop between Walmart & river. Trash bags provided, please bring your own gloves & sturdy footwear (& masks). For more info & to RSVP, email Kevin
April 17 — Build your own Little Free Pantry at this MUD workshop. Noon – 3pm in Missoula. Info/tickets here.
April 17- 22 — Clark Fork River Cleanup — here’s how to join the effort led by the Clark Fork Coalition.
April 17-25 — Earth Week Nature Care — Cleanup Sleven’s Island near Ft Missoula. As part of the 30×30 Campaign, Sierra MT will host a cleanup at Sleven’s Island & support groups working to clean other areas as well. More info & sign up here.
April 17-April 25 — Walk Through Time exhibit on UM Oval. 90 beautiful art panels show Earth’s birth and evolution of life.
April 17-May 15 –– International Wildlife Film Festival — will be a hybrid event with online screenings & outdoor screenings around Missoula (Caras Park, Ogren Park).
April 18 (Sun) — Help plant native trees & shrubs along the Bitterroot River. 10 am – 3pm (or any part of that time). Get more Info & RSVP by emailing Bitter Root Water Forum.
April 18 — Help put the garden in Garden City (Missoula). Join 1000 New Gardens as they help Missoulians install food gardens. Bring mask, water bottle, work gloves. Meet at noon on UM Oval (will walk/bike to gardens). Work about 3-4 hours. More info & RSVP: email 1000NewGardens.
April 19 — UM Retiree Association highway clean up day. Details will be on UMRA website.
April 20 (Tues) — Mosey with a Naturalist through Missoula’s Greenough Park. 5-7pm. Enjoy nature in spring, learn & share your knowledge. Info/Register here.
22 (Thurs)– Earth Day’s 51st birthday. Tabling on the UM Oval, 11am – 1pm
April 22 — Help plant native trees along the Clark Fork River at Milltown State Park. Meet at the Overlook at 1 pm. We’ll hike 2 miles to the planting site. Wear sturdy shoes. Bring water & work gloves. RSVP & info by calling 406-542-5531 or emailing Jess .
April 22 — Help plant native trees & shrubs along the Bitterroot River. 10 am – 3pm (or any part of that time). Get more Info & RSVP by emailing Bitter Root Water Forum.
April 22 — Clearwater Resource Council Earth Day celebration, 4-6pm, outside the Bison & Bear Center ( 3166 MT HWY 83, Seeley Lake), homemade chili, pollinator plant seeds, kids activities. For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 443) 545–4786.
April 22 — Joint Celebration of UM Wildlife Biology’s 85th birthday & International Wildlife Film Festival’s 44th birthday . 8-10 pm. A short wildlife film (15 minutes) will be continually replayed on the side of the Forestry building on the UM campus. The community is invited to come watch while practicing social distancing.
April 23 (Friday ) — Part of a monthly webinar series: JEDI: Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in conservation science. 1pm. Offered by Rocky Mountains CESU. Info & how to attend here
April 28 (Wed)— – Beyond Recycling — Making Zero Waste Work — part of a monthly webinar series. at Noon on Zoom. Info/Register for: “Compost and Organic Waste”. Panelists: Happy Trash Can and City of Bozeman
April 29 — Bad Rock Canyon Tour with Flathead Lakers. Learn why it is critical to protect this land on the Flathead River. 5:30 pm. More info & RSVP, email Constanza. Note: more tours on May 1
May is Bike Month!
Saturdays — Hopefully — the Farmers Markets will be back & outside. Yee Haw!
Now to May 15 –– International Wildlife Film Festival — will be a hybrid event with online screenings & outdoor screenings around Missoula.
May 1 (Sat)– Bad Rock Canyon Tour with Flathead Lakers. Learn why it is critical to protect this land on the Flathead River. Tours at 10am, 12:30 pm and 3pm. More info & RSVP, email Constanza.
May 2– Free bedding plants for your food garden. Pick up plants from noon to 2pm at UM FLAT (633 S. St E, near UM). To protect your community, practice distancing & wear mask. Supplies limited.
May 3-5 ––Montana Stormwater Conference in Missoula. Info here. Theme: Resilience — Building Sustainable Communities. POSTPONED to May 2-4, 2022 !
May 4 & 6 — Training for volunteers helping with Missoula’s Bike & Pedestrian Count (which will be on May 8 & 11) . May 4 at noon & May 6 at 2 pm. Info/sign up here.
May 8 & 11 — Missoula’s Bike & Pedestrian Count. May 8, noon to 2pm; May 11 4pm to 6pm. Info/sign up here to volunteer. This count helps Missoula better serve bikers & walkers.
May 12 — Upper Columbia Conservation Commission meets online. All welcome.
May 15 (Sat) —MayDay! Gardens event at Homestead Organics Farm, Hamilton, 7pm. Get some free plants for your garden and some info about gardening.
May 18-20. Innovative Solutions for Evolving Restoration Science — hosted by MT Natural Resource Damage Program working to restore the upper Clark Fork River. RESCHEDULED TO 2022 –but monthly webinars addressing restoration of the upper Clark Fork can be accessed here.
May 21 — Celebrate Bike Month by pulling weeds along the Bitterroot Bike Trail in Missoula. 7:30-9:30 am. Meet at the shelter near S. 6th St. W. and Ronan St. For more info, email Karen of Trees for Missoula.
May 31-June 6 — Mountain Film Festival will be online. Info here.
July 19-21 — American Water Resources Association’s annual conference online. All welcome.