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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Montana State Parks News - Region 3

(Whitehall, MT) – Montana State Parks ( invites the public to enjoy interpretive programs at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, offered on July 26, 27 and 29.

Ever wonder what it would be like to come face to face with a mountain lion? Join us on Friday, July 26 at 8pm for “How Do You Count a Mountain Lion? Very Carefully”. Montana’s Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) wildlife biologist Jay Kolbe has spent over a decade of his professional career investigating the secret lives of mountain lions. Recently, Jay compiled a new Mountain Lion Monitoring and Management Strategy for FWP which uses cutting-edge genetic and statistical methods that to develop accurate population estimates for mountain lions in Montana for the first time. Jay will describe these new tools and methods and how they’re used to improve mountain lion management.

Jay Kolbe has been a wildlife biologist in Montana for the last 25 years and is currently based in White Sulphur Springs.

On Saturday, July 27 at 8pm, join Park Ranger Julia Smit in the campground amphitheater for a Ranger Talk titled “Living Cave,” diving into all the critters and other organisms that breathe, eat and thrive underground, often in total darkness!

On Monday, July 29 at 8pm, learn how to engage with nature more deeply with an evening of citizen science at the caverns. Following a brief talk, visitors will take the short (less than a mile) walk up to the park’s maintenance shed to see the emergence of the largest bat colony in the park. Visitors will learn about the active bat surveys going on this year and find out more about how they can get involved in citizen science.

For more information about these or other events at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, call (406) 287-3541.

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is located at 25 Lewis & Clark Caverns Rd, Whitehall, MT

From the exit 274 on I-90, we are 13 miles south on Highway 287 and 5 miles west on MT 2.
From the Cardwell exit 256 on I-90 we are 7 miles east along MT 2.

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park features one of the most decorative limestone caverns in the Northwest filled with spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helictites. The park also features camping, trails to hike or bike, a state-of-the-art visitor center, interpretive displays, a gift shop, food and beverage concessions, amphitheater, and interpretive events presented during the summer months.

Visit Montana State Parks ( and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.

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Julia Smit
Park Ranger
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
406 287-3541