Get Involved!

Volunteer Naturalist
Bring natural history to local 4th-5th grade school kids as a specially trained Volunteer Naturalist for the Visiting Naturalist in the Schools Program.

Saturday Kids’ Activities, miniNaturalists and Center Visits Volunteer 
During the school year, assist our staff naturalists in running our Saturday Kids’ Activities on the weekends (on topics from birds to bugs to space, and more!), miniNaturalists program on Thursday mornings from 10-11, or help with school class visits during the week.

Summer Volunteer 
Help out with our Summer Science Day Camps – a fun and fantastic opportunity to gain experience working with kids in the outdoor classroom, where No Child is Left Inside.  Assist staff with activities, or create your own lesson and activity on a natural history topic that interests you.  This is also a great opportunity for young people aged 14-17 to participate in our Leaders in Training program.

Outreach and Special Events
Annual events such as Wild Fest and KidsFest are exciting ways to engage families in MNHC activities. Other events include and are not limited to the Farmer’s Market, Missoula MADE fair, Kids Fair at Southgate Mall, Out to Lunch, University tabling and recruitment, and Missoula Children & Nature Network programs.

Native Plant Garden at Fort Missoula
Do you have a green thumb or just love to pull weeds? We could use your help! Work in our native plant garden and learn about Montana’s native prairie grasslands, or help with Garden education activities. In June, July and August we have weekly volunteer afternoons on Thursdays from 4-6pm.

Field Notes
Research and write ~600 word natural history essays for our Field Notes radio program aired weekly on Montana Public Radio.

Nature Discovery Traveling Trunk Maintenance
Assist in keeping our Traveling Trunks well-stocked and ready for use by our local schools.

Volunteer Receptionist 
Help the Montana Natural History Center with answering phones, greeting visitors, assisting with sales and memberships, and registration for MNHC’s exciting programs.

Auction Assistance
Help us prepare for our largest fundraising event of the year!  Each summer, we need 6-8 volunteers to solicit silent auction items from local businesses.  We also need ~25 volunteers to assist on the night of the event (usually from 4-10pm on a Saturday in early October), checking attendees in and out, selling raffle tickets, displaying live auction items, and more.

Ralph Lee Allen Environmental Education Library 
Help the Montana Natural History Center with ongoing maintenance and upkeep of our collection of field guides, children's nature books, a wide variety of nature writing, and environmental educational resources. Our library is also a cozy, quiet place to spend an hour or two curled up reading!

Exhibits Construction & Maintenance
Give us a hand with maintaining both the exhibits at our Center and our traveling displays. Handy with tools? If so, we need your carpentry skills.