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Environmental Studies Program
Jeannette Rankin Hall 106A
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812-4320
Tel: (406) 243-6273
Fax: (406) 243-6090
Email: evst@mso.umt.edu

Ongoing Events/Regular Meetings (mostly Msla)

Note: Check with listed contacts or web sites to be sure times/locations have not changed. List starts with each day of week, then lists events on multiple days of the week at the end. Send updates here.

Celebrations of 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act -- all summer

       Wilderness Walks in Montana (MT Wilderness Association)

       Wilderness service trips in the Frank Church Wilderness UM Wilderness Institute

       Selway/Bitterroot wilderness summer volunteer projects

       Great Burn wilderness study volunteer trips

       Wilderness Celebrations

 

SATURDAYS

Missoula Farmers Market, Saturdays, 8:30am to 1pm, May 10 to Oct 25, 2014, North end of Higgins Avenue, Msl. Fresh local produce, flowers, baked goods, coffee over 100 vendors.

Clark Fork River Market WHEN: Saturdays, 8 am to 1 pm, May through October,. WHERE: on the river, east of Caras Park & Higgins Street bridge. Features LOCAL produce, meat, dairy, flowers, plants, food vendors, value added products, and crafts made from farm products. Demo's on cooking, composting, gardening, welcome. Contact 542-0539.

Heirloom Winter Farmers Market INDOORS at the Missoula Fairgrounds. The farmers market season now goes all year -- it just moves inside. WHEN: Saturdays, November to April, from 10 am to 2pm. WHERE: Missoula Fairgrounds Floraculture Building. Local veggies, grains, teas, meat, baked goods, jam, soap, honey, salsa, pesto, cider, warm drinks, music, kids activities, & more. Eat local all year!  More info:    heirloommissoula at gmail.com      or call 406-626-5588

The historic Moon-Randolph Homestead, part of Missoula's Open Space System, Saturdays from 11 am-5 pm, from May through October (fire danger and weather permitting).  Visitors can picnic in the apple orchard, check out funky artifacts, take an historic tour or nap under the trees. 

Missoula Urban Demo Project workshops, many Saturdays. Click here for list of workshops. 

MUD volunteer workdays -- last Saturday of each month from 10am to 2pm.

5 Valleys Audubon field trips many Saturdays.

Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge tours--some Saturdays (weather permitting) 9am to noon

Western Montana Vegetarian Society potlucks second Saturdays-- All welcome. WHEN: NOON; WHERE: 102 McLeod Avenue/corner of Higgins, home of Missoula Universal Unitarian Fellowship. Bring a dish to share or a donation to help cover costs.  For more info -- see www.NewDawnMT.com Or Email: newdawnmt[at]gmail.com   Note: see Sept 10 entry for different location that month.

Community folk dances sponsored by Missoula Folklore Society. WHEN: first & third Saturdays, Oct to May, 7:30-11pm. WHERE: Missoula's Union Hall, (208 E. Main St, upstairs).

SUNDAYS

Milltown FootBridge Farmers Market, Summer Sundays, 10 am to 2pm. Fresh veggies & crafts. Info

Target Range Farmers Market. Summer Sundays 10am to 2pm,Target Range School (4095 South Ave W)

Tribal Wisdom & Deep Ecology discussion group chats about environmental ethics and living in relationship to the earth. Meets Sundays at 4pm at a home in Missoula. For more info, call 214-2410

Occupy Helena's community discussion series on Corporate issues --Every 2nd Sunday (2/26, 3/11, from 1-3pm  and 3/25 from 3-5pm). See www.occupyhelena.org

MONDAYS

 

UM Sustainable Campus Committee meets during UM fall/spring semesters.  New time & place TBD.. Check this site for exact sites, and updates on time & place. or email UM Sustainability Coordinator.

Join Balanced View participants worldwide online: Mondays, 12:30-1:30pm. Place depends on number of people who RSVP to CheyenneRivers@balancedview.org . Balanced View is a grassroot movement based on education in the nature of the mind as the effective means of creating a world of innovative caring people working together for a powerful change in society.

Veterans for Peace meet first Mondays from 4-6pm at Rankin Peace Center. More info: email Pat or call 406-363-6150

1000 New Gardens increases food security by installing food gardens for folks in Missoula. The  group meets at UM FLAT's back studio (633 5th Street East, right by UM) on Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 during UM fall & spring semesters. If you can dig it, email 1000NewGardens|at|gmail.com.

Occupy Missoula's General Assemblies are held Mondays, 6-8pm at Union Hall (208 E. Main, upstairs). To help in a working group, contact occupymissoula\at\gmail.com.  To sign up for OM's list-serve go to: http://confluence.bigskynet.org/mailman/listinfo/occupymissoula 

Planned Parenthood Leaders & Advocates meets weekly during UM's fall & spring semesters in UM's UC. Check back in fall for new time & place. All welcome. More info, email <pplaum|a t|gmail.com

Reinvest Montana meets to work on campaign to get UM to divest fossil fuel investments. WHEN: every other Monday at 7:30pm during UM academic year; WHERE: UM FLAT, 633 S. 5th St E., meeting house on the alley. Check back for fall schedule https://www.facebook.com/umontanadivestment

Missoula Moves to Amend meets 2nd & 4th Mondays at 7pm at Rankin Peace Center (519 S. Higgins, enter by back alley entrance). Working for a US Constitution amendment that states: Corporations are not people and Money (campaign spending) is not (free) speech.  Questions, call Sue 543-3254 or see the Facebook page. Note additional plannings meetings are 3rd Tuesdays at 7pm in Missoula Public Library. Those meetings are to plan a public forum this spring.

Missoula City Council meets. Mondays, 7pm at 140 W. Pine.

Missoula Conservation District monthly meeting--Regulates projects that disturb streams, undertakes conservation projects (including education & restoration work). WHEN: 2nd Monday of each month, 7-9pm. WHERE: USDA Service Center at 3550 Mullan Road (just west of the intersection of Mullan Road & Reserve). For meeting agenda, call 829-3395. Info here.

Montana Native Plant Society works to restore the Toole Native Prairie on the south side of the Clark Fork River just east of Higgins Bridge in Missoula. All welcome. WHEN: 6:30pm til dusk. April-Oct-ish. What-- pulling weeds and planting native plants and seeds. More info, contact John at 542-2640.

TUESDAYS

 

Occupy Missoula's Forums are Tuesdays, 6 pm at the Union Hall (208 E. Main, upstairs). To sign up for the Occupy Missoula list-serve go to: http://confluence.bigskynet.org/mailman/listinfo/occupymissoula 

Missoula Moves to Amend meets 3rd Tuesdays at 7pm at Missoula Public Library boardroom. Working for a US Constitution amendment that states: Corporations are not people and Money (campaign spending) is not (free) speech.  Questions, call Sue 543-3254 or see the Facebook page. Tuesday meetings are to plan a public forum this spring. There are also meetings on Mondays at Rankin Peace Center for general action strategizing.

Bitter Root Chapter Trout Unlimited meets 3rd Tuesday of each month, generally at 7 PM at the Hamilton Elks Lodge, 203 State Street. Free & open to the public.

Missoula Air Quality Advisory Committee monthly meeting: WHEN: 1st Tuesday of each month, 7-9pm; WHERE: City-County Health Dept., 301 W. Alder, Missoula; 2nd floor conference room.

Missoula Water Quality Advisory Committee monthly meeting WHEN: 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7-9 PM; WHERE: City-County Health Dept. (301 W. Alder, Missoula; 2nd floor conference room). For agenda, call 523-4890. This group helps develop water quality policy for Missoula city and county.

 

Missoula Consolidated Planning Board meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 7pm in Missoula City Council Chambers, 140 W. Pine. Meetings are open to the public and televised by MCAT.

 

Montana Outdoor Writers Club meets every 2nd Tuesday at 7pm at Union Club bar (208 E. Main, Missoula). Open to anyone interested in writing & reading about the outdoors. More info, 503-545-8913.

UM chapter of Amnesty International meets Tuesdays, Sept to May, 6:30 p.m. WHERE: room 224 in UM's UC. For more info, call (847) 334-9885 or leave messages at ASUM Box 32 in UM's UC.

UM Wilderness Lecture Series (Free). spring semesters at UM. Check back for new info.

Rocky Mountaineers monthly meeting & speaker. All welcome. WHEN: 2nd Tuesdays, 7pm; WHERE: Trailhead, 221 E. Front St, Msl.

Bitterroot Conservation District meets at 7 PM on the 2nd and last Tuesday of each month at USDA building at - 1709 North First Street, Hamilton.   

Missoula Farmers Market 5:30 to 7pm, July 8 to Sept 23, 2014, North end of Higgins Avenue, Msl. Fresh local produce, flowers, baked goods, coffee over 100 vendors.

WEDNESDAYS

Volunteer with Freedom Gardens!  Every Wednesday from 6 to 8pm at the Missoula Fairgrounds. Freedom Gardens seeks to teach sustainable and innovative farming techniques while producing fresh food for the community. Work with fellow community members to ensure the success of this new demonstration area!  Every Wednesday from 6 to 8pm.  For more info, contact Chris Carlson chcarlson#at#gmail.com

We the People--Missoula, meets some Wednesdays, 5:30-7PM in Jeannette Rankin Peace Center's back meeting room. 519 S. Higgins, but enter by the back door on the alley.

Blue Skies (campaign against coal exports) meets every other Wednesday (July 2, 16, & 30, Aug 13 & 27) at 7pm  in UM’s Rankin Hall. All welcome. Efforts include: outreach to elected officials, planning protests & rallies. More info, blueskiescampaign@gmail.com

Community Action for Justice in the Americas, Africa & Asia (CAJA3) works for social, environmental & economic justice & human rights. CAJA has public meetings most Wednesdays at 7 pm, in Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, 519 S. Higgins, Msl (enter via alley).  Confirm meetings with Rita justpeace4all[at]yahoo.com or 544-9026. Like CAJA on facebook.   no meetings in Dec.

The following groups just meet during UM fall & spring semesters.

UM Recycling Committee -- Check back in fall for new time & place. All welcome. More info, contact <UM_Recycle{at}mso.umt.edu>

UM Ecology seminars, 4-5pm; UM North Underground Lecture Hall, during UM  fall & spring semesters.

UM Students for Peace & Justice --help build peace & justice in our community & world. International students are particularly welcome. Check back in fall for new time/place. For more info email Amelia.

UM Society for Ecological Restoration meets 5 to 6pm on 1st & 3rd Wednesdays every month (during UM semesters); WHERE: UM Clapp Building room 452. More info: www.cfc.umt.edu/UMSER

UM Real Food Challenge group meets.  WHEN: Wednesdays at 7:30 pm. WHERE: UM FLAT (633 5th Street East, right by UM). Everyone welcome.  More info:  christopher.reed1[a t]umontana.edu

THURSDAYS

MontPIRG meets over the summer on Thursdays from 1:30-2:30pm in UM's University Center room 223. More info at  406.243.2908 or see www.mtpirg.org. Check back later for the Fall semester meeting info.

Orchard Homes Farmers Market. Summer Thursdays 4:30 to 7pm at Orchard Homes Country Life Club (2537 South 3rd Street West).

City of Missoula Green House-Energy Conservation Team- Meetings. WHEN: 2nd Thursdays from noon to 2 pm.  WHERE: City Council chambers, 140 W. Pine St. See Missoula's Greenhouse Gas Energy Efficiency Plan here    See also this web site GGEC Team

Missoula County Conservation Roundtable lunch meeting. WHEN: third Thursdays from noon to 1 pm. WHERE: Public Library Board meeting room. Contact 406-880-7346 or ross[at]mtvoters.org

Native Plant Garden volunteer night. Every Summer Thursday (May 1 to Aug 14 in 2014) from 4-6pm. Native plant lovers of all ages work in the garden & share info. Tasks include planting, weeding, mulching, watering. Volunteers get free wildflowers. Garden map & directions.

Missoula County Parks & Trails Advisory Board meets 2nd Thursdays at 1:30 pm in Community & Planning Services Conference room, 2nd floor of 323 W. Pine. All meetings are open to the public

UM CAN (Climate Action Now) meets Thursdays at 6pm at UM FLAT, 633 5th Street E. by UM. Working to reduce reliance on fossil fuels & promote sustainability. Latest news at canhasawebsite.wordpress.com Email umclimateactionnow|a t|gmail.com

Missoula Open Lands Citizen Advisory Committee meets on third Thursdays at 6pm at a location noted on the agenda . All meetings are open to the public.

Wild Mercy --community readings of environmental & nature writing by UM students and others. Free to all. Sponsored by UM Env. Studies. Feb-March, Thursdays at 7pm; WHERE: UM FLAT studio (on alley) 633 5th St. E. Msla, near UM.

Blue Skies Campaign meets every other Thursday from 7 to 8 pm in UM's Rankin Hall first floor meeting room (Bull Pen). All welcome to help work on efforts to protect Mondana communities from incrased coal train traffic. Efforts include: community outreach to local businesses, to planning protests and rallies. For more info, contact Nick Engelfried at nicke.activism/at/gmail.com

American Indian Film Series. check back in spring 2015 for new time & location. Free & open to all. Read more

Missoula Time Bank Orientation-- meets on 4th Thursdays at 7pm at the Rankin Peace Center. More info, info@missoulatimebank.org  or see http://missoulatimebank.org/

UM Women's Resource Center Weekly meeting -- Thursdays,  6 pm in UM's UC 207.

UM Peace & Justice Film Series.For info on their upcoming activities, email Amelia

Missoula Health Board meets. WHEN: 3rd Thursday of each month, 12:15 pm, Health Board Conference Rm (210), 301 W. Alder. 2nd floor.

Get your Low Cost Bike Helmets at St Pat's Hospital Trauma Dept (they're tired of trying to put people's brains back in their skulls). WHEN: Certain Thursdays from noon to 3pm. WHERE: old Western Montana Clinic (515 W. Front St. in Msla). More info: Michelle at 329-5660.

FRIDAYS

SAVE student environmental club at Hellgate High School. Web site says meetings are Tuesday at lunch time in room 228 (Mr. Oberbillig's room).  But a recent communication with a member indicated 11:30-12:15 Fridays with Lee Brown.

UM Edible Campus Committee meets Fridays at 4pm. WHERE: UM's UC room 216. Help us grow more food on campus.  Check the facebook page here.

SATURDAYS

Heirloom Winter Farmers Market INDOORS at the Missoula Fairgrounds. The farmers market season now goes all year -- it just moves inside. WHEN: Saturdays, November to April, from 11am to 2pm. WHERE: Missoula Fairgrounds Floraculture Building. Local veggies, grains, teas, meat, baked goods, jam, soap, honey, salsa, pesto, cider, music, kids activities, & more. Eat local all year!  More info: heirloommissoula at gmail.com  or 406-626-5588

Missoula Farmers Market 8:30am until noon, April 28 to Oct 20, North end of Higgins Avenue, Msl. Fresh local produce, flowers, baked goods, coffee over 100 vendors.

Clark Fork River Market WHEN: Saturdays, May through October, 8 am to 1 pm. WHERE: on the river, east of Caras Park & Higgins Street bridge. Features LOCAL produce, meat, poultry, dairy, flowers, plants, commercial food vendors, value added products, and crafts made from agricultural products. There is space for weekly demo's on cooking, composting, gardening, whatever. Contact 542-0539

The historic Moon-Randolph Homestead, part of Missoula Open Space System, is open Saturdays from 11 am-5 pm, from May through October (fire danger and weather permitting).  Visitors can picnic in the apple orchard, check out funky artifacts, take an historic tour or nap under the trees. 

Clark Fork cleanup tours--3rd Saturdays at 11 am. More info KGarcin@mt.gov or 841-5042

5 Valleys Audubon field trips many Saturdays.

Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge tours --some Saturdays (weather permitting) 9 a.m. – 12 noon

Missoula Prairiekeepers invite you to help with Grassland Restoration (Apr-Sept)

Community folk dances sponsored by Missoula Folklore Society. WHEN: first & third Saturdays, Oct to May, 7:30-11pm. WHERE: usually Union Hall, 208 Main St. Missoula.

SUNDAYS -- see top of this list

WEEKENDS

Urban Herbs Volunteer Learning Daysduring the growing season, near Missoula.

Help a local sustainable grower, learn to grow herbs, and have some fun and a meal! :  

MULTI DAYS

MUD Tool Library new location--1527 Wyoming St. by Home Resource. New hours --Tuesday & Thursday 4-7pm; Saturday 10am-3pm; Sunday 10am-3pm

Montana Natural History Center programs-- open Tues-Fri from noon-5pm; Saturdays noon-4pm. Admission: $2 adults, $1 kids. See www.MontanaNaturalist.org for info on Saturday Discovery Days, Wednesday pm lectures, Thursday miniNaturalist program,etc. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

FreeCycles Open Bike Shop time (tools, parts, help for those in need, free service): Monday-Saturday--10am-6pm. Bike Well classes (repair, safe riding, bike laws). Mon: 6-7pm; Wed: 5-6pm, Fri: 1-2pm. Sat: 11am to noon.  Just show up. WHERE: 732 S. 1st St. W (3 blocks west of Orange, just south of the river). For more info, contact: Bob Giordano <mist AT strans.org>. Free Cycles hot line: 406-541-7284

Volunteer for Veggies with Garden City Harvest. Help plant, weed, water, and harvest a garden near you. Garden organizers, locations, work times & days are here. Call garden organizer before coming the first time. Gardens at: River Road, Orchard Gardens, Meadow Hill School, at 2nd & Inez Streets, on Northside near baseball fields (Cooley & Holmes, St) and near UM student housing.

Wilderness Weekends, summer 2014

Wilderness service trips in the Frank Church Wilderness 3-7 day trips led by UM Wilderness Institute.

Work with experienced field leaders to map weeds, inventory impacts, and evaluate wilderness condition of sites in the Northern Rockies (Anaconda/Pintlar & Welcome Creek). Learn about invasive species, native plants, and wildlife. Backcountry experience helpful but not necessary. Dinners provided, as is transportation from Missoula.   Some trips are day hikes, some are multiple day camping trips. Call 406.243.5361or E-mail: wi@cfc.umt.edu orcitizenscience@cfc.umt.edu for info or to register. Info on wilderness program here.

Selway/Bitterroot summer volunteer projects Experienced leaders (Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Wilderness Foundation) provide diverse opportunities for varying levels of experience, physical ability, and interest -- week-long stewardship projects, horse packing, backcountry cooking, fire and cabin lookout hosting, front-country support, and opportunities for larger groups. Project descriptions & registration here.

Great Burn Wilderness service trips. Join experienced leaders (Great Burn Monitoring Project) for 2-4 day trips in roadless backcountry. Pull weeds; monitor wildlife, trail conditions, impacts, signs, etc. For more info or to sign up, Contact Val Hingston at 978-831-2373 or vhingsto@gmail.com

June 26-29 (20 miles, moderate difficulty)

  Hike into the Great Burn recommended wilderness along Cache Creek.

July 24-27 (10 miles, moderate to strenuous)

  Hike into Lost Lake, a large, remote glacial cirque near the Idaho border.

Aug 1-3 (22 miles, moderate to strenuous)

  Hike the North Fork of Fish Creek and explore remote French Lake. trash patrol. 

Aug 7 - 10 (30 miles, strenuous) 

  High country hiking along Stateline Trail & Fish, Siamese & Goose Lakes).  Monitor recreation impacts at lakes. 

Aug 20-24 Straight Creek (35 miles, strenuous)

  Explore several drainages and access the high country from Clearwater Crossing. 

Aug 28-30 (10 miles, strenuous)

  See Idaho and Montana from the Stateline ridge trail from Hoodoo Pass to Heart Lake.

MISSOULA COMMUNITY COUNCIL MONTHLY MEETINGS


• Bonner — 2nd Monday, 7 PM, Bonner School Library
• East Missoula — 3rd Monday, 7 PM, East Missoula Community Hall
• Evaro-Finley-O’Keefe — 3rd Wednesday, 6:30 PM, Evaro Community Center
• Lolo — 2nd Tuesday, 7 PM, Lolo Community Center
• Seeley Lake — 1st Monday, 6 PM, at the Historic Barn on Hwy 83.
• Swan Valley — 3rd Tuesday, 7 PM, Swan Valley Community Hall
• West Valley — 2nd Thurs., 6 PM, Frenchtown Fire Station

MORE INFO at www.co.missoula.mt.us/rural/communitycouncils.htm

Western MT Vegetarian Society holds public veg/vegan potlucks 5 times per year around western Montana. For dates, times, email: NewDawnMT@gmail.com, or go to facebook: Western Montana Vegetarian Society


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