The MT Conservation Calendar is maintained in partnership with the University of Montana Environmental Studies program. Updated daily. Refresh/reload often. Times given are Mountain Time.  Links are in bold italics. Scan ahead to check for RSVP deadlines. All events are open to the public. Email event notices here.

October is: Farm to School Month    and Campus Sustainability Month .

Now to Oct 24 — Online fundraising auction for Bitterroot Water Forum. 

Now to Oct 29 — Volunteer for Montana Natural History Center’s Fall Field Trips.  Various days/locations around the Missoula, Mission and Bitterroot Valleys.  9am-2pm.  For more info or to volunteer, email sanderson@montananaturalist.org 

Now to January: Avis marvelous: Ornithology in 19th Century Art & Science.  art exhibit at UM’s Performing Arts & Radio/TV Center Paxson Gallery. See also panel on Oct 21. More info here.  

Oct 18-20 — ‘Managing Floods After Droughts & Fires‘. Free online presentations offered by MT DNRC’s floodplain program. starting at 9 am each day. Program here.  For info, contact tsears@mt.gov 

Oct 19-20 — Montana Small Farms Conference, Missoula. info on small farm management, specialty crops, niche markets. tours of local farms. Info/register. 

Oct 19: Mosey with a Naturalist in the Evening (5-7pm) at Ft Missoula Native Plant Garden.

Oct 20 –Sun River Water Management Working Group fall meeting. 10am -12:30 pm..

Oct 20 — Volunteer Willow Cutting day for stream restoration — on Burnt Fork of the Bitterroot near Stevensville. Organized by Bitterroot Water Forum. 

Oct 21: Mosey with a Naturalist in the Morn (10am-noon) at Ft Missoula Native Plant Garden.

Oct 21– Montana Chapter of American Water Resources Association annual meeting will be online on Thursdays at 3pm in October. Info here.  also Oct  28

Oct 21– Join MEIC for a discussion of the problems with NorthWestern Energy’s gas plant proposal.  5:30-6:30 pm via Zoom.  Register here.

Oct 21 — Panel discussion on art exhibit: Avis marvelous: Ornithology in 19th Century Art & Science. 6:30-8 pm at UM’s Performing Arts & Radio/TV Center Masquer Theater. The exhibit will be up Sept 24 to Jan 8, 2022. More info here. 

Oct 21 — UM Climate Response Club continues biweekly meetings — Thursdays at 5:30 pm in UM Honors College. Coming Dates: 10/21; 11/5; 11/19; 12/3

Oct 22 — Online ClassIntroduction to Zero Waste. 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 pm via Zoom. Presented by Zero Waste USA, co-taught by Jeremy Drake (lead author of MIssoula’s ZERO by FIFTY Zero Waste plan) and Ruth Abbe of Zero Waste USA. Register here. 

Oct 23 — Five Valleys Audubon leads all day field trip to Brown’s Lake. Meet at 9am in NW corner of UM Adams Center parking lot. 

Oct 26 — Clothing Swap at UM’s UC Ballroom. 4-7pm Reuse, don’t waste. 

Oct 26 — Volunteer work day in Pollinator Garden in Skalkaho Bend Park , 10am-4pm.

Oct 26 — Online presentation on the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act, presented by Wild Montana. 7-8:15pm. Register here. 

Oct 27 (Wed) — Beyond Recycling — Making  Zero Waste Work Part of a monthly webinar series. At noon on Zoom. Info/Register for:  Where do we go from here?.

Oct 28 (Thurs) — A Climate Conversation featuring Al Gore & Max Baucus. Online at 7pm.  Register  here.   A discussion of climate, environment & politics. Public invited. 

Oct 29 (Fri) –– Volunteer Highway Cleanup along East Fork of Bitterroot. 

Oct 29-30 — MT Farmers Union Convention, Great Falls

Nov 2 – Dec 7: Online Field Notes Writing Workshop, 6-Part class <– Register here. (Tues)

Nov 4: Flowering Rush: Phenology, Genetic Variability and Management virtual conference; US Army Corps of Engineers

Nov 4 — Decarbonize Your Money — free webinar on green/sustainable investing. noon-1 via zoom. Info/register here. 

Nov 4 — Common Forest Diseases & Insect Problems in MT. a talk by Amy Gannon, MT DNRC entomologist. 7pm in UM’s Gallagher Business Bldg (room L09). Masks required in UM buildings. 

Nov 5-15 — Jeannette Rankin Peace Center’s online fundraiser auction

Nov 6 — Five Valleys Audubon leads all day field trip to Lee Metcalf wildlife refuge. Meet at 9am in NW corner of UM’s Adams Center parking lot. 2 miles level hiking. 

Nov 10-14 — Community: the Heart of Regenerative Food Systems. AERO’s virtual Expo. Agenda & register here.

Nov 11 — Building Organizational & Community Resiliency in the New West. A half day virtual workshop offered by MT Watershed Coordination Council.  Info here. 

Nov 12: Invasive Watermilfoil Management, virtual conference, US Army Corps

Nov 12 — Deadline for public comments on Missoula’s housing plan. Info on plan & how to submit comments here. 

Nov 15– DNRC will brief the public online on its Key Water Administration and Management Challenges and Action Plan. from 9am – noon.  Register here .More info here:  Stakeholder page.

Nov 19  (Fri) — Ecosystem Restoration webinar series— 3rd Fridays, 10 – 11 am. Topics hereSign up herePast webinars archived here.

Nov 19 — Public comments due on the Northwest Power Plan.. Info on the plan and how to comment here.  

Dec 2-4 – MT Organic Association Conference, Bozeman

Dec 5 — Five Valleys Audubon leads all day field trip to Mission Valley to search for raptors. Meet at 8 am in NW corner of UM’s Adams Center parking lot. 

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