Summer Youth Programs

Summer Explorers

June 30 - August 18, 2022

  • Thursdays for eight weeks
  • 10:00 am - 12:00 PM for elementary participants

  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM for middle and high school participants
  • Join the FREE fun!
  • Sessions limited to 12 participants for health and safety reasons
  • Registration is required
    To register for sessions or for more information please call Julie Croglio at 406-846-2070 ext. 226 or email.

 
Two children running a sack race through hay bale obstacle course.
Summer Explorers navigate a bale maze in a sack race.

NPS Photo/ Brian Mayhew

Elementary Program Sessions

(10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

June 30 – Fishing

Try your luck on the Clark Fork River casting for brown and cutthroat trout or a mountain whitefish. No fishing gear? No problem. The ranch can provide your angling needs for the program.

July 7 – Leave No Trace

Learn how to make responsible choices while enjoying the outdoors and how your actions can influence the environment and the experience of other visitors.

July 14 – Orienteering

How did the cowboys of the old west find their way? Come blaze your own trail using only a compass in a unique and fun way of navigating the ranch.

July 21 – Western Art

Grab a brush and discover how the history of the American West has been kept alive through paintings, sketches and drawings created by the people that experienced it.

July 28 – Fitness Trail

Can you jump as far as a mountain lion or walk like a black bear? In a journey involving nature and fitness, we’ll take a hike alone the Clark Fork River discovering how animals make the ranch their home and the unique ways they move about.

August 4 – Owl on the Prowl

Learn how owls and other birds of prey maintain the ecological health of the ranch. Participants will dissect real owl pellets and gain new skills in observing, sorting, and collecting scientific data.

August 11 – Wonderful Willows

Willows, cottonwoods, and other shrubs are the unsung heroes of a healthy riparian habitat. Discover how these plants provide year-round habitat for wildlife and help to keep Montana’s rivers and streams healthy.

August 18 – Who Pooped in the Park?

Explore the ranch and investigate the different types of wildlife that call the park home and learn how to find the different clues that they leave behind.

 
Black draft horse in corral with group of children and ranger at the rail fence
Summer Explorers learn to safely approach the horses with this draft horse that is taking a break from his chores.

NPS Photo/ Bruce Wright

Middle and High Program Sessions

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

June 30 - Fishing

Try your luck on the Clark Fork River casting for brown and cutthroat trout or a mountain whitefish. No fishing gear? No problem. The ranch can provide all your angling needs for use during the program. Note - this program is limited to 8 participants.

July 7 – Victorian Era Mourning and Courtship

Come learn some of the unique and bizarre practices Victorian Era folks used to mourn the loss of loved ones and how those same Victorians conducted their social lives. Some were very different than what we would see today.

July 14 – Orienteering

How did the cowboys of the old west find their way? Come blaze your own trail using only a compass in a unique and fun way of navigating the ranch.

July 21 – Western Art

From Fredrick Remington to Charlie Russell, come to the ranch and gain a new perspective in how these western artists captured the people and wildlife of the ranch’s spectacular western panorama.

July 28 – Fitness Trail

Can you jump as far as a mountain lion or walk like a black bear? In a journey involving nature and fitness, we’ll take a hike alone the Clark Fork River discovering how animals make the ranch their home and the unique ways they move about.

August 4 – Scavenger Hunt

Work as a group or individual exploring the buildings of the ranch and gathering items from each. This will be a great way to become better acquainted with how early ranchers accomplished their daily tasks.

August 11 – Companions and Pets

Dogs and cats often had to earn their keep in the Old West by hunting, herding, guarding, and hauling. Learn how these “working” animals became cherished companions to cowboys, ranchers, miners, and explorers.

August 18 – Let's Get Batty

Bats are some of the most misunderstood animals in Montana. These amazing acrobats live a fascinating life and play an important role in preventing diseases. Learn about these mysterious creatures and help build bat boxes for the ranch.

Last updated: May 20, 2022

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