The Montana Children and Nature Initiative (MCNI) is a state-wide collaboration of public and private partners working to promote healthy kids and families and build future leaders and stewards by connecting kids with nature, supporting place-based education and getting families outside. MCNI is working with Montana Office of Public Instruction, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Montana Environmental Education Association and the National Wildlife Federation, among others, to identify, recognize and support efforts to get children outside in the schools.
Please help in this simple but important effort by taking the time to fill out the following short survey, entitled the Nature & Scope of Outdoor and Nature Programming in MT. Here’s a link to the survey:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MCNI
What: Special Nia Playshop to benefit Helena's Playable Playground. Any donation is appreciated. Let's pack Dancing Lotus with the Joy of Movement to help bring this playground into being. Playground facts: Centennial Park ~ 1/2 acre Construction: Summer 2014 or when we get enough money Goal: to provide a playable playground for Children of ALL Abilities
When/Where: Saturday, November 17th: 10:00-11:30 a.m. Dancing Lotus Center (Walking Mall next to Parrot)
What: Claws...Teeth...Spots...and Stripes -- all things animals depend on for survival. Lunch and other fun activities children need to wear appropriate clothing and shoes for hiking. Parents must also provide a waiver to Outdoor Campus -- download here.
When: Saturday, October 6, 2012
10am - 1pm Mountain
What: Aqua Critters August 6-10, 2012 Spend the week getting your feet wet! We’ll explore a new, close by aquatic habitat every day. We’ll wade, look for aquatic invertebrates, see if we can spot any osprey, and learn about how important water is to all living things.
Creepy Crawlies July 30-August 3, 2012 Who doesn’t love learning about insects? We’ll spend the week seeing what we can catch and learning about metamorphosis and other amazing insect facts. We’ll even start our own (live) insect collection that we will release at the end of the week. A trip to the electron microscope at the university will let us see all sorts of neat critters up close and personal!
Backcountry Explorers July 30-August 3, 2012 Want to spend a week in the woods this summer that includes a fantastic overnight backpacking trip? We’ll hike some beautiful trails every day and explore the world around us using tools of a naturalist like field guides and compasses. We’ll also learn about plants and animals common to our region as we get out and explore, and practice Leave No Trace Principles. This camp will feature an overnight backpacking trip from August 2-3.
Where: Montana Natural History Center 120 Hickory St. Missoula, MT 59801
What:Scottish Rite Masons and Pediatric Therapy Clinic, Inc. are hosting their annual Pumpkins for Kids Celebration Dinner. This event raises money to provide much needed therapy sessions for children who have a variety of disabilities as well as to help raise community awareness about children with special needs.
When: PUMPKIN PATCH PARTY FOR ALL CHILDREN Friday, October 14, 2011
BENEFIT DINNER WITH LIVE AND SILENT AUCTIONS Saturday, October 15, 2011 5:00pm (Mountain Time)
What: Come join us celebrate the beginning-of-the- school-year at the Dinosaur Playground located at the corner of Davis Ln.and Oak St. Everyone is invited! In case of rain, hail or snow please head over to the Fire Station next-door. For more information please call Joanna Dumas at 522-0851
What: Outdoor play activities designed for children with and without disabilities can help all children experience and value play together. Explore how to foster friendships, break down barriers, promote disability awareness, while supporting character education initiatives utilizing outdoor play environments in new and fun ways! Participants will receive the 2Play Together program, developed in partnership with Lekotek and PlayCore.