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Education Montana WILD

When it comes to wildness Montana is second to none. It’s this wildness which defines what it means to be a Montanan.

Montana WILD logoMontana’s beautiful natural landscapes provide a rich diversity and abundance of wildlife habitats and world-class fish and wildlife for public enjoyment.  Montana WILD offers free programs for the public.  Visitors are always welcome to visit the exhibit hall. Groups of 10 or more must schedule a visit prior to the visit.  Educational programs are provided for school groups visiting the center for free. All schools are welcome to visit the center, but Montana WILD only provides programs for 4th-12th grades.

Please see updated hours and status of programs below in response to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Response

Updated hours:

  • During Phase 2, MT WILD’s EXHIBIT HALL WILL BE OPEN TO VISITORS FROM 10-2 P.M. For immediate assistance outside of those hours, please call the front desk at 444-9941. The exhibit hall is at reduced capacity and only 10 visitors will be allowed in at one time. We will do our best to reduce any wait times as much as possible.
  • During Phase 2, MT WILD WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING REQUESTS FROM GROUPS FOR EDUCATION PROGRAMS OR MEETING ROOMS FROM OUTSIDE ORGANIZATIONS.
  • MT WILD will not be providing any onsite or outreach programs this summer for groups, because of COVID-19 and reduced staff capacity. We will continue to offer programs for the public on a periodic basis as time permits.

Montana WILD location:

2668 Broadwater Avenue

Helena, MT 59601

Phone: (406) 444-9944

Montana WILD mailing address:

1420 E. 6th Avenue

P.O. Box 200701

Helena, MT 59620-0701

Contact Montana Wild

Questions about MT WILD School Programs, help with Outreach Events/Programs

  • Laurie Wolf, MT WILD Education Program Manager
  • (406) 444-9945
  • Email

Archery Clinics and Education

  • Ryan Schmaltz
  • (406) 444-9944
  • Email

Schedule a School Visit, Tour, Or Meeting Room

  • Corie Rice, MT Wild Event Coordinator
  • (406) 444-9945
  • Email

Questions about FWP Distance Learning Programs

  • Laurie Wolf
  • (406) 444-9945
  • Email

 

  • Ryan Schmaltz
  • (406) 444-9944
  • Email

Reserve an Education Truck

  • Ryan Schmaltz
  • (406) 444-9944
  • Email

Programs

Distance Learning

Montana WILD & Inspired Classroom Distance Learning Program is a problem-solving project hosted on a virtual platform, learn more about the program.

 

Public Programs

Montana WILD offers free programs for the public. View the calendar to learn more.

 

Educational Programs

Educational programs are provided for school groups visiting the center for free. All schools are welcome to visit the center, but Montana WILD only provides programs for 4th-12th grades.

Meet the Mammals

Mammals can be found on the Montana landscape from the prairies to the mountains. Students will be able to identify the major orders of mammals using a binomial classification key as the scientific investigation. Students will use observation and prediction skills to perform the activity.
(45 minutes)

FWP at Work

Students learn about the role that the public and FWP play in managing Montana's fish and wildlife and the different career paths at FWP.
(45 minutes) (inside)

Wildlife Management

Students learn about the importance of science, math and technology in wildlife management, the crucial role the public plays in managing our state's fish and wildlife, and what it is like to be wildlife or fish biologist. (45 minutes) (inside)

Fish Math

Students utilize team work, problem solving and math skills by participate in a mark recapture survey, where they take on the roles of fisheries biologist and determine how many fish live in a river. (45 minutes) (inside) (5th grade +)

Science Field Investigations

Students learn about the kinds of questions that guide field investigations then conduct a field investigation, bird survey or macro invertibrates study.
(45 minutes)

Montana Fish

Students learn basic facts about Montana’s native & non-native fish species, and the unique ecosystems they depend upon and the impact of aquatic invasive species.
(45 minutes)

Living With Wildlife

Students learn about how they can help conserve Montana wildlife, minimize human-wildlife conflict, and safely recreate outdoors. Choose from bears, mountain lions, and wolves.
(45 minutes)

Montana Wildlife

Students study many species of wildlife that live in Montana through an interactive scavenger hunt in the exhibit hall.
(45 minutes)

Outdoor Recreation

Students learn skills and techniques that will prepare them and inspire them to spend time recreating outdoors in Montana.

View Calendar and Schedule Visits

COVID-19 Response

MT WILD will not be providing any onsite or outreach programs this summer for groups, because of COVID-19 and reduced staff capacity. We will continue to offer programs for the public on a periodic basis as time permits.

Updated hours:
  • During Phase 2, MT WILD’s EXHIBIT HALL WILL BE OPEN TO VISITORS FROM 10-2 P.M. For immediate assistance outside of those hours, please call the front desk at 444-9941. The exhibit hall is at reduced capacity and only 10 visitors will be allowed in at one time. We will do our best to reduce any wait times as much as possible.
  • During Phase 2, MT WILD WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING REQUESTS FROM GROUPS FOR EDUCATION PROGRAMS OR MEETING ROOMS FROM OUTSIDE ORGANIZATIONS.

View the Calendar

Check out what's going on at Montana WILD. There are many events and programs available to the public.

NOTE: Unfortunately, we will not be accepting any more meeting room requests for the dates September 10 – November 15 and April 15 – June 12 during the hours of 8 AM – 3 PM. These dates and times need to remain open and available for school and youth groups. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. View the calendar

Sorry, we cannot schedule the following events:

  • Fundraisers
  • Social events (e.g., weddings, parties, luncheons, dinners, etc.)

Who may use the center

Educational Groups

All schools are welcome to visit the center, but Montana WILD only provides programs for 4th-12th grades.

NOTE: If you want our staff to provide programs, please schedule your visit a minimum of 2 weeks ahead of time, otherwise we may not be able to accommodate.

Required Forms:

Students and teachers must read and sign the following forms before they come to Montana WILD.

Other Groups

The center is available to schedule the Yannone Auditorium for state agencies, clubs, and nonprofit organizations. The center may not be used for social or fundraising events. Meeting rooms may not be reserved for more than 2 consecutive days. Groups are responsible for their own set up and clean up.

Montana Wild Grant

FWP is offering Montana schools (4th-12th grades) grant funds to visit the new Montana WILD - Education Center located at Spring Meadow Lake State Park in Helena, MT. The goal of this grant program is to assist “outlying” schools to come and learn at Montana WILD.  Learn about the grant and how to apply

Distance Learning Program

 

Montana WILD & Inspired Classroom Distance Learning Program is a problem-solving project hosted on a virtual platform

 

Watch the video and click below to learn more about the program

Learn More