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Montana Master Naturalist Certification Program

November 1st - December 11th, 2023

 O'Hara Commons, Montana Natural History Center and Elena Ulev of Blue Heron Nature Tours are excited to announce this new offering in the Bitterroot Valley.

The focus of  the Montana Master Naturalist Certification Program is to increase natural history knowledge and promote awareness, understanding, and stewardship of Montana’s natural environment by developing a corps of well-informed citizens dedicated to conservation education and service within their communities.


The Montana Master Naturalist Program is designed for adults who want to stoke their curiosity, deepen their knowledge of the natural world, and give back to their communities in new ways. The course provides participants with the skills to interpret Montana’s flora, fauna, and landscape. In addition to lectures and in-class labs, there will be focused, intensive field days and field weekends.


Official Master Naturalist Certification from the Montana Natural History Center is included in the course fee. To maintain their certification, Montana Master Naturalists are required to log 20 hours of volunteer service and participate in 8 hours of continuing education annually.

Tuition: $375, O'Hara Members, $400 non-members. Become a member Here

O'Hara Commons and Blue Heron Nature Tours are able to offer one full scholarship. Contact us Here for details. 

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The Syllabus

Wednesday, November 1st, 2:00-4:00 p.m.: Introduction to MN program, nature journaling lecture + lab.


Monday, November 6th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.: Introduction to forb and lichen identification, lecture + lab.

Wednesday, November 8th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.: Field Day.


Monday, November 13th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.: Introduction to tree and shrub identification, lecture.

Wednesday, November 15th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.: Field Day.

SUNDAY, November 19th, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.: Botany. Field Day.Guest speaker Micki Long (naturalist poetry project)

Monday, November 20th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.: Insect identification lecture + lab.

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2:00-4:00 p.m.: Guest speaker.


Monday, November 27th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.: Introduction to ornithology lecture.

Wednesday, November 29th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.: Birding. Field Day.


SUNDAY, December 3rd, 10:00 a.m-2:00 p.m.: Birding. Field Day.


Monday, December 4th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.: Introduction to mammals of Montana, lecture +lab.

Wednesday, December 6th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.: Mammal tracks and signs. Field Day.


Monday, December 11th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.: Field test and dessert potluck/tea party, location TBD

The People

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