Even though the Master Naturalist classes are full for the winter and summer, you can sign up for our Fall 2011 course! This is for any adult who is enjoys learning about the natural world, sharing knowledge with others, and supports conservation. If you enjoy hiking, bird watching, following tracks, or identifying wildflowers, you’ll love being a Montana Master Naturalist. For more information click here.
I recommend going to any winter festival you can. I just came back from the winter carnival in Whitefish and had a blast! For all things winter in Montana click here.
Starting February 11 through the 20th Missoula is hosting the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. It showcases the best in documentary films from around the world. The festival attracts more than 10,000 people and screens more than 100 films during the week-long event. All films are shown on Montana's largest movie screen at the historic Wilma Theater, downtown Missoula. Filmmakers from around the world will be in attendance to address audiences after their films screen. Tickets and passes are sold at the Wilma Box Office. For more information click here.
And, of course, there's always cross-country skiing and snowshoeing if you need a fun and inexpensive way to enjoy the outdoors. Look up snow conditions for surrounding cross-country ski trails here. This has been a great winter to ski in the Rattlesnake and Pattee Canyon, and getting out for even an hour of exercise in these winter wonderlands is enough to drive away the blues and bring a smile to your face! You can rent skis and snowshoes quite affordably at places like the Trailhead, REI, the Army-Navy Store, and the University of Montana outdoor program (for Griz card holders).
If any one has other great ideas of things to do this winter don't hesitate to leave a comment. We'd love to hear some of your ideas!