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FWP Offers Free, Summer Fun and Learning Programs at Montana Wild

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Education

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is offering several free summer fun and family-oriented learning programs in June and July at Montana Wild, west of Helena near Spring Meadow Lake State Park.

Upcoming programs include:

Beginner's Kayaking Class—June 26; 6:30-7:30 p.m.

  • Participants will have an opportunity to try out stable recreational style kayaks and learn basic paddle strokes. Please wear clothes that can get wet, and water shoes or sandals. The class is open to adults and youth 10 years of age and older when accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required.

Animal Tracks Program—June 27; 6:30-7:30 p.m.

  • Plan to get mucky during this hands-on program aimed at teaching children how to recognize an animal by its tracks. Participants will learn to identify some common wildlife tracks they may encounter while exploring western Montana. They’ll also cast their own animal tracks using plaster of Paris and take home the mold as a souvenir. The program, which will be held in the Group Shelter at Spring Meadow Lake State Park, is open to children between the ages of 8-12 years old. Pre-registration is required.

Youth Archery Shoot—July 9; 6-7 p.m.

  • FWP will provide all participants the use of youth Genesis compound bows and Easton 1820 aluminum arrows. Participants must be at least 9 years old, accompanied by an adult and must wear close toed shoes. Pre-registration is required.

DIY Fish T-Shirt—July 11; 6:30-7:30 p.m.

  • Make a statement and "do it yourself" by creating your very own fish T-shirt. FWP will provide the dye and paint, but bring your own T-shirt to decorate. Participants must be at least 9 years old and be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required.

Bat Walks—July 12 & 19; 9:30-10:30 pm.

  • Explore the fascinating world of bats with Matt Bell, a Helena bat enthusiast who will use ultrasound detection devices to allow participants to hear the sounds of bat echolocation as they navigate and forage for insects. Bell will also discuss bat myths, the seasonal and daily habits of bats, echolocation or bat communication, bat houses and building a suitable bat house, the variety of bat species and how scientists use acoustic data to identify a bat species. The programs will get underway at the dock on the south side of Spring Meadow Lake. Please bring a flashlight. Pre-registration is required.

Montana Wild is located at 2668 Broadwater Ave., next to Spring Meadow Lake State Park off Highway 12 West. For more information and to preregister call Montana Wild at 406-444-9944.