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 to more info are in bold blue italics. Scan ahead to check for RSVPs, deadlines & rescheduling. All events open to the public.

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February 2024

Feb 26-March 1 — Listening sessions on Missoula Park planning. 3:30-5:30 pm. Missoula Public Library, main floor.

Feb 27 & 28. Community workshops on how to provide more affordable/sustainable housing in Missoula. Feb 27 at 1657 River Rd (6-8 pm); Feb 28 at Missoula Public Library 4th floor (1-3pm); March 6 at Burns Community Center, 1500 Burns St. (5-7pm). More info here. (will have to scroll down)

Feb 28-March 1– Association of Montana Floodplain Managers annual conference. Helena, Delta Hotel & Convention Center

Feb 28 (Wed) — Owl Walk at Maclay Flat near Missoula with MT Natural History Center and Owl Research Institute.  6-8pm

Feb 29 (Thur) – Careers in Environmental Restoration webinar. 1-2 pm via zoom.Register here. 

Feb 29 — Montana’s Energy Transition webinar. 4:30-5:30 pm. Join MEIC to discuss how to make this happen, and how we ensure everyone is brought along. Info & zoom link

Feb 29 — Indigenous Environmental History of the Buffalo Food System. Rescheduled to April 25. 

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March 2024

March 1 (Fri) — Montana Conservation Voters 25th anniversary celebration. 6-8pm, Windsor Ballroom, Helena.

March 1-3 – FUN-raiser events for Cultivating Connections At Sleeping Child Hotsprings in the Bitterroot Valley.  Choose from several FUN options – a different one each day. Food, hot springs soak, kid activities.  Supports Youth Farm interns. Info/tickets.

March 2 (Sat) – Free the Seeds  — seed giveaway, workshops, booths. 9am -3pm in Arts & Technology building at Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell. Volunteers needed. 

March 4 (Mon) — MT Legislature’s Water Policy Interim Committee meets on the Water Rights Information System. Online only.  9am . Agenda here.   More info, contact 406-444-1640 or jason.mohr@legmt.gov

March 4 — Faith & Climate Action meets to plan future direction of the group. All welcome. noon at Emmaus House (532 University Ave, Missoula).

March 5 (Tues) – Missoula Parks Master Plan Open House5:30-7:30  pm. Missoula Public Library 4th floor. All ages welcome (kids activities & refreshments & info on the draft plan).

March 5 — Protecting our community from wildfires — film & panel discussion. Bozeman’s Museum of the Rockies, Hager Auditorium at 7pm

March 5-6 — Short Course on Western Aquatic Invasive Species. 9am-5pm. Holiday Inn, Missoula. Register here by Feb 15.

March 6 (Wed) — Montana Watershed Coordination Council annual meeting. Virtual. Info here. 

March 6 — MT Supreme Court hears oral arguments on a reproductive rights case . 9:30am in Mazurek Justice Building, Helena.  Open to public and Live-streamed at:   http://stream.vision.net/MT-JUD/

March 6–  Community workshop on how to provide more affordable/sustainable housing in Missoula.  Burns St Community Center, 1500 Burns St. (5-7pm). More info here. (will have to scroll down)

March 6 — Exploring Our Wild Public Lands, a talk by guide Bob Clark. 6pm at Goodworks (129 W. Alder, Missoula).     Benefit for Friends of Lolo Peak. Suggested donation $10. Kids free.

March 7 (Thur) — Regulation of Marine-Based Carbon Dioxide Removal Approaches. by Wil Burns, Institute for Carbon Removal Law & Policy. noon-1pm at UM Law School.

March 7, 14, 21, 28 — Webinar series on Centering Indigenous Knowledge. noon-1pm. Free. Register here 

March 10 (Sun) — Bird Walk in Missoula’s Power Park. 9-11 am.

March 10 — Mt Jumbo Elk Herd — how are they doing? report by Jeff Gicklhorn, Missoula Conservation Lands Manager. 2-3:30 pm, Missoula Public Library, 4th floor.

March 11 (Mon) — The Fate of Montana Wildlife — expert panel discussion. 5:30-7:30 pm, Missoula Public Library 4th floor.  also broadcast on Facebook Live.

March 12  (Tue) — MT Comprehensive Water Review Working Group meets. 9am-4pm. in Kalispell  & via Zoom. info/register here.   Future meetings: April 9 Miles City; May 14 Glasgow. Focus — how to protect existing uses of water while providing for growing communities.

March 12 — Conservation Ranching with Forbs, webinar offered by World Wildlife Fund’s Northern Plains program. 6pm. Free. Info/register here. 

March 13 (Wed) — State of Montana Wetlands — MT Wetlands Council meets. 9am-3pm in DEQ’s Metcalf Building. Topic –How state, tribes & local governments can protect wetlands in light of recent Supreme Court rulings on Waters of the US.  Interested citizens welcome.

March 13-14 — Open House on Lower Blackfoot Travel Management Planning. March 13, 4-6pm at Doubletree Hotel, 100 Madison, Missoula. March 14, 5:30-7:30, Potomac Greenough Community Center, 29827 Potomac Rd, Potomac. More info, call 406-329-3914 or cromanko@blm.gov

March 14 (Thur) — Threats & Solutions for our waters & fisheries. 5:30-7pm. 1010 W. Main, Hamilton.

March 15 (Fri) –International Fly Fishing Film Festival. Victor, MT 7pm. Info/tickets here.

March 15-17 — MT Environmental Education Association conference, MSU – Billings. Info/registration. 

March 16 (Sat) — Bird Walk at Metcalf Refuge in the Bitterroot. 10am-1pm.

March 19-20 — MT Legislature’s Water Policy Interim Committee meets.  9am . Agenda here.   More info, contact 406-444-1640 or jason.mohr@legmt.gov

March 20 (Wed) — Zero-waste Lunch & Learn at Home Resource (1515 Wyoming, Missoula) , noon to 1pm. Hear from zero waste experts. Lunch provided. Every 3rd Wed of month.

March 21 — Five Valleys Audubon’s Workshop for Birders begins. Thursday evenings 7-9pm at 3201 Spurgin Rd, Missoula. Continues on April 4, 11, 18. To sign up, email Larry Weeks. 

March 22 or 24 — Exploring Trees workshop series (Bozeman)  continues with visits to Limber Pine.  later visits:  4/12 or 4/14 Riparian forests.

March 23 (Sat) —  All Day Bird Walk at Metcalf Refuge in the Bitterroot. meet at 8 am

March 25 (Mon) — Watershed Education Network’s  monthly Speaker Series continues . with expert panel on cleaning up the Smurfit-Stone pulp mill site. 5-7 pm in UM’s University Center 326  or via zoom link.

March  27 (Wed)– Preventing Climate-Related Harm webinar series continues with Vulnerable Communities . 6-7:30pm. Info & Register free  here.

March 27-28 — Montana Beaver Working Group’s spring meeting. Email NWF’s Shelby Weigand (weigands@nwf.org) with questions.

March 28 (Thurs) — Trout, Drought, & Floods in the Gallatin Watershed. Lilly McLane, Gallatin Watershed Council. at Bozeman Public Library at 6:30 pm.

March 29 — MT Supreme Court hears oral arguments on a case challenging DEQ’s decision that a mining permit does not need a permit under the MT Water Use Act for mine dewatering. 9:30 am in UM’s Montana Theater (in PARTV building). Open to public. Oral arguments schedule here.

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April 2024– Earth Month

April 1-7 — Montana Soil Health Month..

April 2 (Tues) — Walking audit for bike-ped safety on Reserve St, Missoula. 3-4 pm. Info here.

April 4 (Thurs) — Montana Science Fair at UM. Judges needed. Info & volunteer sign up here.

April 6 (Sat) — Field trip to Ninepipe area ( look for owls. 4-9pm

April 9 (Tues)– Home Landscaping for Nature Restoration. Marirose Kuhlman, Missoula Habitat Coordinator, shares how to landscape for native plants & pollinators.  7pm, Rocky Mtn. Exploration Center, 1075 South Ave W. Missoula. NOTE DIFFERENT DAY and NEW LOCATION. Parking area is east of  building.

April 10 (wed) — State of the Upper Clark Fork, Big Hole & Jefferson Rivers. Westslope Chapter of Trout Unlimited meeting, 6:30 pm- social; 7pm-meeting & presentation. at the Still Room, 1609 W. Broadway, Missoula.

April 11 (Thurs) — Montana Society of American Foresters  annual meeting at KwaTaqNuk Resort in Polson, MT.  The theme of the meeting is “Traditions and Technology for the Future.

April 11 — Saving Old Growth Forests in MT. Joan Maloof, Old Growth Forest Network, at Museum of the Rockies. 6 pm reception; talk at 7pm.

April 11-12 — MT Native Plant Conference at MSU. Theme: Restoration.

April 12 or 14 — Exploring Trees workshop series (Bozeman)  wraps up with visits to riparian forests.

April 13 (Sat) — Montana Climate/Health Conference, Billings

April 19 (Fri) — Wildfire: a century of failed forest policy, George Wuerthner at Museum of the Rockies, Hager Auditorium. 6:30 pm.

April 20 (Sat) — Run for the Trees in Missoula. benefits Trees for MissoulaInfo/register here.

April 20 — Earth Day Expo: Uniting Nature & Technology .  9am -4pm at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell. Exhibits, workshops, presentations, children’s activities, EV showcase.

April 20 (Sat)– Gallatin Valley Earth Day Festival. 10am-3pm at Gallatin County Fairgrounds. Talks, exhibits, food, live music, children’s activities.

April 20 — SustainaBillings Earth Day.  10am-4pm . The Loft Dance Club, 1123 1st Ave N., Billings

April 20 — Bird Walk at Metcalf Refuge in the Bitterroot valley. 10 am -1pm

April 20-25 — International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula

April 21 — Flathead River Cleanup 10am-1pm, Columbia Falls.  hosted by Flathead Rivers Alliance & Wild MT. Info/register here. 

April 21 (Sun) — Clark Fork River Cleanup.   10 am-1pm, Caras Park, Missoula. Hosted by Clark Fork Coalition. Info   Litter pickup followed by party in the park.

April 21 — Missoula Urban Demo (MUD) project Earth Day Celebration. noon – 3pm. 1527 Wyoming, Missoula. Fun, food, music and info on community sustainability efforts.

April 22 (Mon) — Earth Day Theme — Planet vs Plastics.   Events — 

April 22 —Cleanup of Clark Fork riverside at Missoula’s Reserve St Bridge. 9am-3pm. Hosted by Let’s Improve Missoula’s Reserve Street, which will also assess the area for a park planning process. Info here. 

April 22– MT Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case against DEQ’s approval of NorthWestern Energy’s Laurel gas plant. 10:30 am in MSU’s Strand Union, Ballroom A. Supreme Court’s oral argument sessions are open to the public.  schedule here.  (scroll down to the April session).

April 23 Tues) — UM’s Earth Week Sustainability Fair. 11:30 am – 2 pm. Check back for more info.

April 24-25 — Clark Fork Science Forum. at Montana Technological University, Butte. Info/register here. 

April 25 (Thur) — Indigenous Environmental History of the Buffalo Food System. by Dr. Jill Falcon Ramaker (Anishinaabe) Assistant Professor of Community Nutrition & Sustainable Food Systems at MSU and Director of Buffalo Nations Food System Initiative. 6-7pm, Bozeman (location will be posted here).

April 26-June 10 — Public may comment on rules for narrative nutrient standards for water quality proposed by MT DEQ. Info on DEQ website under the “Agendas, Meeting Summaries and Materials” accordion of the Nutrient Work Group. Direct questions to : kyle.milke@mt.gov or (406) 444-6491.

April 29 (Mon) — Watershed Education Network’s  monthly Speaker Series concludes with reports on projects on Rattlesnake & Grant Creeks . 5-7 pm in UM’s University Center 333  .  or via  Zoom link.

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May 2024

May 15 — (Wed)– Preventing Climate-Related Harm webinar series concludes-7:30pm. Info & Register free  here.

May 16 — Wild Montana Dinner & Jamboree — 5:30 pm at Northern Rockies Heritage Center, Missoula. info/tickets. 

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June 2024

June 10 — Public Hearing on proposed narrative nutrient water quality standards. For more info, contact : kyle.milke@mt.gov or (406) 444-6491.

June 20– Flathead Lakers annual meeting. at The Barn on Finley Point. Details to follow.

June 28-30 — MT Native Plant Society’s annual meeting– Prairies to Potholes. at Camp Utmost in the Blackfoot Valley. Workshops & Field trips. all welcome.

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July 2024

July 26-29 — Wild Rockies Field Institute celebrates 30 years ! Check back for info.

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August 2024

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September 2024

Sept 13-15 — Wilderness Watch Celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. at Wilderness Gateway Campground on the banks of the Lochsa River by the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. speakers, discussion, music, food.  Check back for more info.

Sept 18-21 — Watershed Tour in the Sun River Watershed led by MT Watershed Coordination Council

Sept 27 (Fri) — UM’s Environmental Law Group hosts a continuing legal education event at UM Law School. Followed by Biomes, Blues & Brews fundraiser at Freecycles. check back for details.

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October 2024

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November 2024

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December 2024

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