Two western Montana state parks will kick off their annual summer evening programs this weekend.
Plan to visit Beavertail Hill State Park, about 30 miles east of Missoula, on Friday, June 1 to learn about the career of Montana’s legendary artist, Charles M. Russell. Or, travel to Salmon Lake State Park on Saturday evening, June 2 to take part in a special presentation about bears. Both programs start at 8 p.m. and are free and open to audiences of all ages.
At Beavertail Hill State Park, Richard Ellis, author and retired history professor from Stevensville will share a slideshow that highlights some of Russell’s paintings and the history they captured and stories that they told. Ellis holds a Ph.D. in Western American History and has taught at Murray State University, University of New Mexico, and Fort Lewis College. To attend, travel 26 miles east of Missoula on I-90 and take the Beavertail Hill Exit. Follow signs to the state park.
At Salmon Lake, Chuck Jonkel from the Missoula-based Great Bear Foundation (an organization dedicated to the conservation of bears and their habitat around the world) will share information on bear safety and identification and the challenges facing many bear populations today. To attend, head to Salmon Lake’s campground amphitheater, approximately five miles south of Seeley Lake just off Highway 83.
These evening programs are the first in a series of special summer programs that will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday evenings at Beavertail Hill and at 8 p.m. on Saturday evenings at Salmon Lake State Park. For more information, call FWP’s Chris Neu at 406-240-0155 or Vernon Carroll at 406-273-4253.