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.

Now to Sept 30 — Bike to Barns adventure — bike to the many small farms around Missoula for fun & food. Info here.

Sept 20-24 —UM Native American Heritage Week. Schedule here. 

Sept 20-24 — Western Regional Panel for Aquatic Invasive Species meeting, virtual
meeting
.

Sept 23 (THurs) —Ethnobotany Garden Tour, 2-2:30 p.m. @ UM’s Payne Center

Sept  23  — Join 3 Rivers Collaborative for a review of river recreation management efforts this past summer and plans for future. 4-5:30 pm at Silver Park Pavilion in Missoula. More info, email ThreeRiversCollaborative 

Sept 23 — Communicating Energy & Environmental Justice — free public talk by UM alumna Dr. Catalina De Onis.   at 4 pm via zoom (meeting ID 942 6132 7533, passcode 167842) .

Sept 23 — UM Climate Response Club continues biweekly meetings — Thursdays at 5:30 pm in UM Honors College. Dates: 9/23; 10/7; 10/21; 11/5; 11/19; 12/3

Sept 23-26 — Big Sky Film Series features ‘Becoming Cousteau. In person screening in Missoula on Sept 23; watch online from Sept 24-26. Info & tickets here.

Sept 23 & 25 — Common Good Missoula offers community organizing workshop.

Sept 24 (Fri) — MT Environmental Education Association meets to discuss the future of environmental education in Montana. at Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell. 10 am-2 pm. RSVP by Sept 22 here.  For more info (or to join via Zoom)email Garrett

Sept 24 — Move it or Lose it: a UM Webinar on Saving Endangered Species with Conservation Translocations in a Changing World. 1-3pm. Zoom link here.

Sept 24 — Opening reception of art exhibit: Avis marvelous: Ornithology in 19th Century Art & Science. 5:30-7:30 pm at UM’s Performing Arts & Radio/TV Center Paxson Gallery. The exhibit will be up Sept 24 to Jan 8, 2022. See also lecture on Sept 28 & panel on Oct 21. More info here. 

Sept 24 — Kootenai Forest Fair  forest/wildlife/wildfire managers, local businesses & conservation organizations provide info, outdoor skills demos, kids activities. 3-6pm at Libby’s Riverfront Park. Info & RSVP here. 

Sept 24 & 25 — Help Bitterroot Water Forum with stream restoration planting along the Burnt Fork in Stevensville. 10 am to 4pm. For more info & to RSVP, contact bswc.member@brwaterforum.org   there will be another work day on Oct 2.

Sept 24-27 — Bear Aware teaching trailer visits UM. in the parking lot at the M Trailhead. 

Sept 25 (Sat) — Clean Energy Expo in Missoula’s Caras Park, 10am-2pmInfo here. Volunteers needed – – volunteer info & signup here.

Sept 25 — National Public Lands Day — check back as more events are added. 

     Mount Dean Stone (Missoula)  trail work day, 9am -2:30 pm. Info/Register here.  

     Help plant native plants along Rattlesnake Creek, 1-4 pm. for more info & to volunteer, email Clancy Jandreau of Missoula Conservation Lands     

      Help remove old wildlife-harming fence on Mount Jumbo, Missoula. Organized by Tangle Free MT & MT Fish, Wildlife Parks. Meet at 8 am at Mt Jumbo’s Lincoln Hills Trailhead. More info here.  RSVP,  email TangleFree. 

     Bike Your Park Day 

Sept 25 — Mission Mountain Area Pedal to Plate, St. Ignatius – enjoy a 30 mile scenic bike tour that celebrates local farms and local food! Info and registration here 

Sept 26 (Sun) — Rattlesnake Creek Watershed Group re-launch party, CANCELED for safety sake. 

Sept 26 — Watershed Education Network’s Citizen Science Stream Team continues weekly monitoring on Rattlesnake Creek. Info here. ….Sign up here.

Sept 27 (Mon) — Webinar on the Northwest Power Plan hosted by NW Energy Coalition. 1-2:30 pm MT. Register here.  Comments due Nov 19. Webinar provides talking points for public hearing below. 

Sept 27 — Public hearing (online) on the Northwest Power Plan. 5-7pm MT. Info on the plan and registration for this & later hearings in October here. 

Sept 27 -30 — Transboundary Cooperation conference hosted by North American Invasive Species Management Association & Montana Invasive Species Council.  VIRTUAL. Info here. 

Sept 27-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 

Sept 28 — Help Trout Unlimited collect willow cuttings for stream restoration. Meet at Trixie’s in Ovando at 1pm.  For more info, contact ryen@montanatu.org

Sept 28 — Public lecture on art exhibit: Avis marvelous: Ornithology in 19th Century Art & Science. 6-8 pm at UM’s Performing Arts & Radio/TV Center Masquer Theater. The exhibit will be up Sept 24 to Jan 8, 2022. See also panel on Oct 21. More info here. 

Sept 28-29 — International Symposium on Conservation Impact (online). Steps needed to accomplish the America the Beautiful Initiative (30 by 30). Info & registration here. 

Sept 28-30 — Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture conference, Billings.

Sept 29 (Wed) — Beyond Recycling — Making  Zero Waste Work — part of a monthly webinar series. at Noon on Zoom. Info/Register for:  Zero Waste Community Action

Sept 29 — Federal Climate Policy –What works & what’s possible. part of a webinar series offered by MSU. Info here. noon.

Sept 30-Oct 1 — Public Land Law Conference (virtual). Hosted by UM Law School. Theme: Forging a Climate of Justice: Reconnecting People & Place. Info here. ..  Register here. 

Oct 1 (Fri) — Montana’s Energy Future Summit hosted on Zoom by Northern Plains Resource Council. 9am-4:45 pmInfo & registration here.

Oct 1 – Lichen Discovery Day in Missoula’s Pattee Canyon. 9-11 am. Info here.


Oct 1 — Moon-Randolph Homestead‘s 20th Annual Fall Gathering near Missoula. Harvest feast, cider making, live music & dancing under the moon. Tickets here.  VOLUNTEERS needed ! info & sign up here. 


Oct 2 — Help Bitterroot Water Forum with stream restoration planting along the Burnt Fork in Stevensville. 10 am to 4pm. For more info & to RSVP, contact bswc.member@brwaterforum.org   .

Oct 1-3 — MT Audubon’s Bridger Raptor Festival 

Oct 2-3 — Solar Tour in Whitefish. Virtual & in-person. Local examples of energy efficient homes, solar panels, battery backup, heat pumps. 

Oct 6 (Wed) — Webinar on the Northwest Power Plan hosted by NW Energy Coalition. 1-2:30 pm MT. Register here.  Comments due Nov 19. Webinar provides talking points for public hearing below. 

Oct 6 — Biocontrol of weeds, presentation by Melissa Maggio. Condon, MT Info here.

Oct 7 — Public hearing (online) on the Northwest Power Plan. 6-8 pm MT. Info on the plan and registration for this & later hearings (Oct 12 & 14) here. 

Oct 7 (Thurs)–SpectrUM‘s Big Night Fundraiser POSTPONED to spring for safety sake.

Oct 7 — Montana Chapter of American Water Resources Association annual meeting will be online on Thursdays at 3pm in October. Info here.  Oct 7, 14, 21 and 28

Oct 7 — WildFest Wild Montana’s annual celebration of wildlands. 6-7:15 pm VIRTUALInfo here.

Oct 9 (Sat) — Nine Mile Community Apple Cider Festival. Bring your apples to make cider (it helps keep bears out of trouble). Also Chili cookoff & apple dessert contest. 11am- 3pm at Nine Mile Community Center (25620 Nine Mile Road, Huson).More info here.

Oct 9 — Fall Walk through Golden Larches. Meet at Clearwater Resource Council office (Seeley Lake) at 11:am to carpool to Girard Grove. return at 3pm. Info & registration here. 

Oct 10 (Sun) — Apple pressing party at MUD, Noon to 4 pm.  — bring your clean apples. Great Bear Foundation will also be recruiting volunteers to glean more apples (to keep bears & people safe). 

Oct 13 — Upper Columbia Conservation Commission (UC3) Fall Meeting: Trout Creek,
MT. More info
, contact cassidy.bender@mt.gov

Oct 13 — Farmer Field Day on Seed Saving Methods. 4pm near Hamilton, MT. More info & register here.    Note –registration deadline is Oct 10. 

Oct 15  (Fri) — Ecosystem Restoration webinar series— 3rd Fridays, 10 – 11 am. Topics hereSign up herePast webinars archived here.

Oct 15 — Grand opening of MT Natural History Center’s geology exhibit Montana’s Ancient Past. 5-7pm. Free registration here, but space is limited. 

Oct 16 (Sat) — Pumpkin Party at the PEAS Farm in Missoula. 11 am- 3pm. Info

Oct 16-17 — Celebrate 50 Wild Years with Great Burn Conservation Alliance in the Great BurnInfo & RSVP here.

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

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 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?.

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

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

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