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When: Wednesdays

May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Time: 11 AM - 1 PM

Instructor: Nancy Brown and Joan Para


Special Discounts for Seniors, Veterans, & CSD Employees

Contact Cammie Knapp or Heather Smart

Cell: (406) 961-4211


Women in the Wilderness- Naturalist (Spring)

  • Are you interested in citizen science, wildlife conservation, and wondering what a naturalist does? This course is designed for the woman who is interested in connecting with nature in a way that will provide an introduction to Montana’s flora, fauna, and landscape. Students will acquire beginning naturalist skills by learning how to understand a landscape by observing, identifying, and recognizing relationships between the animals, birds, plants, and climate specific to a particular location. Some hiking included, most work will be done in the field. This schedule is subject to change based on trail conditions.We will send an email/text the day before class to let you know what trail we will be hiking. No dogs.

    Naturalist Topics Include: (Tentative Schedule)

    5/1 Class Overview (Wilderness Walk) - Coyote Coulee

    5/8 Trees/Forest Ecology Bass Creek

    5/15 Lichens/Mosses Bear Creek

    5/22 Plant/Flower ID Sawtooth or Mill Creek

    5/29 Birding Basics Lee Metcalf


  • Competencies and outcomes include:

    ● Learn what a naturalist is and does.

    ● Learn and demonstrate an understanding of natural landscape by identifying and recognizing relationships between animals, birds, plants, and climate.

    ● Learn and demonstrate an ability to identify lichens, mosses of the Bitterroot Valley.

    ● Learn and demonstrate an ability to identify birds of the Bitterroot Valley.

    ● Learn and demonstrate an ability to identify plants and trees of the Bitterroot Valley

    ● Research the local ecosystems and the impact we have on the local environment and wildlife.

    ● Foster strong relationships and a deeper connection with nature through scheduled learning opportunities for social interactions involving conservation within our community.


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