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Browse the list below to learn about additional grant opportunities, events, and other educational items, tools, and resources available in Missoula County and across Montana. For Missoula Conservation District events and sponsored events, visit our Events page.

Please check back frequently as many of these events may be postponed or canceled due to ongoing COVID-19 precautions. We are making our best efforts to keep this site current with the latest updates.

 

Coming Soon! See sections below for additional details

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020 – CFAC Farm Field Day – Season Extension Systems

 

Training & Education

Educational Materials from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)

  • Free ATTRA Publications – NCAT recently announced that is now making any of its 500+ technical publications available at no cost! Read the ATTRA announcement for more information and to start accessing these free resources.
  • COVID-19 Materials for Agriculture Producers – NCAT has put together a whole suite of materials related to COVID-19’s impacts on agriculture and the latest resources as they are made available. Visit the ATTRA COVID Response webpage to access these materials, including recorded webinars on Farming During COVID: Adapting to Crisis.

 

Youth Education Opportunities

Montana Natural Resources Youth Camp – CANCELED

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and concerns, the 34th Montana Natural Resources Youth Camp is CANCELED this year and will be rescheduled for 2021. More information can be found on the Montana Natural Resources Youth Camp website.

Montana Youth Range Camp – CANCELED

The 2020 Montana Youth Range Camp has been canceled this year and will be rescheduled in the summer of 2021.

Be AIS Aware – Materials for Middle School Teachers

Seven different teaching lessons are available from the Flathead Lake Biological Station that introduce 6th-8th grade students to aquatic invasive species (AIS) potentially threatening Montana waters. The Be AIS Aware Unit Summary overviews the lessons and unit standards each lesson covers. Two teaching trunks are available from the FLBS by contacting Holly Church at 406-872-4507. All of the printable lesson materials are also available online. For more information visit the FLBS Teaching Materials website.

 

Workshops & Events

CFAC’s Farmer Field Days 2020

The Community Food & Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) is hosting a series of production focused, on-farm virtual workshops to “visit” different farms to allow beginning farms and ranchers get practical information to use in planning or enhancing their own operations. Visit the Farmer Field Days 2020 webpage for more information and to register for a field day. Upcoming events include:

  • August 19 at 5pm – Season Extension Systems – Missoula Grain and Vegetable Company – Stevensville, MT

NCAT Soil Health Innovations Conference – RESCHEDULED

The 1st Annual Soil Health Innovations Conference has been rescheduled to Monday and Tuesday, March 8-9, 2021 on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman. For additional information on the rescheduled conference in 2021, or to request a refund of 2020 registration fees, please visit the NCAT Soil Health Innovations conference link.

2020 Watershed Symposium – RESTRUCTURED

The 2020 Watershed Symposium titled, “Summit to Stream: Connecting People, Water, and Forests,” will not be held as an in-person event as originally planned in Butte, MT. Instead, co-hosts Montana Watershed Coordination Council and the Montana Forest Collaborative Network are working to plan a suite of opportunities for partners through remote platforms and possibly small, regionally-based gathering or field trips. For updates or more information, please visit the 2020 Watershed Symposium website.

Grants, Conservation Funding, & Agriculture Assistance

Montana Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative 2020

The Montana Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) is accepting applications for education mini-grants for 2020.  GLCI Educational Mini-Grants range from $50 – $1,000 to support an educational workshop or event that focusses on the conservation and awareness of grazing lands and natural resources in Montana. Applications are accepted year-round. Visit the GLCI Mini-Grant webpage for application materials and to learn more about this program.

Montana Conservation Menu

Visit the Montana Conservation Menu for an online list of conservation programs and funding opportunities available across the state. The Montana Conservation Menu was developed for landowners interested in implementing conservation practices on their land and is brought to you by Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana.

Rent Our No-Till Drill and Trailer

Learn more about our Equipment Rental Program.

Miscellaneous

Free Science Education Posters

Missoula Conservation District has several Montana-based science education posters to give away. Poster topics include rangelands and invasive weeds. Contact us for more information or stop by the office to pick up.

Pollinator Initiative

In fall 2018, the Missoula Conservation District launched a Pollinator Initiative to help landowners in establishing beneficial pollinator habitat throughout Missoula County. Our program was modeled off the success of the Lake Co. Conservation District’s pollinator initiative. Together with assistance from Lake Co. CD and the Missoula County Weed District, the Missoula Conservation District developed two different types of pollinator seed mixes and provided them at no cost. Please read our Summer-Fall 2018 newsletter to learn more about the project.

In 2020, we plan on continuing our Pollinator Initiative program! The March 28th showing of The Pollinators film had to be postponed due to public health concerns regarding COVID-19, but efforts will be taken to reschedule it in the fall of 2020. We are currently looking into obtaining more pollinator seed mix to provide local landowners as well as strengthing partnerships with other groups focussed on increasing pollinator habitats, including the National Wildlife Federation office here in Missoula.

Please check in with our Program Specialist, Bryan Vogt, at bryan.vogt@macdnet.org for more information on our Pollinator Initiative.

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