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Introduction to Nature Study: Landscape Features and Local Rocks

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Landscape Features and Local Rocks is part of our summer “Introduction to Nature” series. Take one or take them all!

About this event

DATE: August 9

TIMES: 10:00 a.m.- noon

LOCATION: Meet at the Cherry St Trail head to Mt. Jumbo.

Cost: $30 member/$35 non-member 

*Scholarships are available. Please contact cmorris [at] for more information.

Landscape Features and Local Rocks is part of our summer ‘Introduction to Nature Series’.

Get an elevated view of the Missoula Valley and learn why the landscape looks the way it does. Faults, a glacial lake, and other momentous geological events have dramatically shaped our surroundings. We will also spend time looking at our most common local rocks; rocks that are 1.5 billion years old, rocks that form the Bitterroot mountains, smoky crystals, and more. For those who are interested in a strenuous climb, there is the option after the program to hike to the Glacial Lake Missoula lake elevation marker almost 1,000 ft. above the valley floor.

Moderate difficulty, incline. Optional hike to the elevation marker is strenuous.

Instructor: Christine Morris is the Community Programs Coordinator at the Montana Natural History Center. She teaches the Montana Master Naturalist and Certified Interpretive Guide courses. Christine loves geology and spends lots of her time picking up rocks.

What to Bring:

  • snacks, water
  • clothes for changing Montana weather conditions.
  • Sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
  • writing implement and journal (optional, though handy)

COVID Precautions:

  • small class limited to 12 students
  • masks may be required or recommended indoors depending on CDC guidelines and Missoula numbers
  • vaccinated MNHC staff and instructors

Cost: $30 MNHC members / $35 non-members. Scholarships are available! Please contact cmorris [at] for more information.

You can add an MNHC membership at checkout.


What’s the refund policy?

The course fee (minus a 25% administrative fee) is refundable if a cancellation is made up to 7 days before the event. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after this deadline. This ticket is non-transferable to other programs or events. See our full refund/cancellation policy here.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Nope! We will have a list of all the attendees.

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