State Parks in the Missoula Area to Offer Bird Banding Event, Junior Ranger Programs

State Parks in the Missoula Area to Offer Bird Banding Event, Junior Ranger Programs

Montana state parks in the Missoula area will offer public programming in the coming months, beginning with a bird banding event on Saturday, June 15 at Milltown State Park followed by a Junior Ranger program series at several local state parks June 17 through August 22.

Bird banding June 15

Join Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab at the Milltown State Park Confluence on Saturday, June 15 from 7-11 a.m. for the free bird banding event. Meet at the state park confluence area, located in East Missoula/Bonner area (7363 Juniper Drive, Missoula). Participants will observe birds close at hand, learn some basic identification skills, and hear why biologists band birds, what types of data they collect, and why riparian areas are so important to birds.

Junior Ranger programs

Beginning June 17, Missoula-area state parks will host a series of summer Junior Ranger programs on some Mondays and Thursdays. The programs are free and designed for kids ages 6-12 years old. All programs run from 11-12:30 p.m. Attend at least three programs and earn a Junior Ranger badge.

June 17: Wildflowers and Pollinators at Milltown Overlook

June 20: Wildflowers and Pollinators at Council Grove

June 24: Creatures of the Night at Milltown Confluence

June 27: Creatures of the Night at Frenchtown Pond

July 8: Nature Journaling at Milltown Overlook

July 11: Nature Journaling at Council Grove

July 22: Bull Trout and Rivers at Milltown Confluence

July 25: Pond Ecology at Frenchtown Pond

Aug. 12: Native Games at Milltown Confluence

Aug. 15: Native Games at Council Grove

Aug. 19: Leave No Trace at Milltown Confluence

Aug. 22: Leave No Trace at Frenchtown Pond

Council Grove State Park is located at 11249 Mullan Road, Missoula; Frenchtown Pond State Park is at 18401 Frenchtown Frontage Road, Frenchtown; Milltown Confluence is 7363 Juniper Drive, Missoula; Milltown Overlook is 1353 Deer Creek Rd., Missoula.

For more information on any of these programs please contact Meadoe Nyberg at or 406-542-5521