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Montana Education Programs

Even in the spectacular natural setting of the Northern Rockies, many kids spend more time indoors looking at electronic screens than outside. The National Wildlife Federation in Montana works with schools, teachers, and communities across the state to engage students with the natural world.

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Garden for Wildlife

Our Certified Wildlife Habitat® program engages people to make it a priority to provide habitat for wildlife by providing the basic elements that all wildlife need. If you love gardening and connecting with people in your community, the National Wildlife Federation can help you certify your community as a Certified Community Wildlife Habitat™ through our Garden for Wildlife movement. A Community Wildlife Habitat is a community that provides habitat for wildlife throughout the community—in backyards, on school grounds, and in public areas such as parks, places of worship and businesses.

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The Northwest, including Montana, boasts over 12,000 Backyard Habitats, nearly 250 Certified Schoolyard Habitats, and the most certified Community Wildlife Habitats in the nation. Montana has two actively engaged communities in Missoula and Billings.

Visit Missoula's Community Wildlife Habitat Facebook page and get involved here!


Project WET Workshops in the Northwest

For more information please contact Naomi Alhadeff at or 406-542-2803.

Natural Resources Workshop: $75.00
July 13-15  |  9:00am-4:00pm
Spokane County Water Resource Education Center  |  1004 N. Freya St., Spokane, WA

This three-day workshop focuses on forestry, water resources and agriculture. Teachers will receive lessons and guides from Project Learning Tree, Project WET and Project WILD as well as learn about agriculture in our region and the Spokane Aquifer. They will also receive information on food production, nature and science, forest products, grain tubes and forest habitat. This workshop is for K-12 educators. The cost to teachers is $75 and teachers will receive 18 FREE Washington STEM approved clock hours.

Early Childhood Educator Workshop: $40.00
Thursday, July 16  |  9:00am - 4:00pm
Spokane County Water Resource Education Center  |  1004 N. Freya St., Spokane, WA

This one-day workshop is for K-2nd educators. Teachers will receive lessons and guides from Growing Up WILD (Project WILD) and Getting Little Feet WET (Project WET). Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Getting Little Feet WET is an award-winning, non-profit water education program that facilitates and promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids and the establishment of internationally sponsored Project WET programs. The cost to teachers is $40 and educators will receive 6 FREE Washington STEM approved clock hours.

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Get Outside license plate

Calling all Montana residents! Did you know that, on average, kids spend more than 50 hours a week indoors in front of electronic devices? That's more hours than an average full-time job. Help us build our programs to promote better health and teach our future conservationists. By purchasing a National Wildlife Federation "No Child Left Inside" license plate, you contribute to our youth education and habitat programs. And here's our challenge: pick a day, turn off the TV, unplug those video games, leave your phones at home ... and get outside! Twenty dollars from every plate purchased goes directly to programs that give Montana's children opportunities and encouragement to get outside and play.

Montana residents can visit the Montana Motor Vehicle Division website and scroll directly to the National Wildlife Federation's "No Child Left Inside" plate.

More Montana Resources

Montana Mason Bee Box Instructions and Information
Information about mason bees and how to care for a mason bee condo.

Montana Bat Facts and Bat Box Building Instructions
Learn about the many bats in Montana and instructions on how you can build your very own bat house!

Monarch Curriculum (English and Spanish available)
This curriculum was developed to complement the National Wildlife Federation's Eco-Schools USA and Schoolyard Habitat® programs, and to guide the construction of a school's monarch recovery garden and monarch observations.

Monarchs & Milkweed
Information about planting milkweed in Montana, the Rocky Mountains, and the Northern Plains. 

Montana Native Plant Guidebook
This guidebook, developed for the National Wildlife Federation, is to be used to lead native plant walks in the Missoula area for the general public and school programs.

Deer Resistant Ornamental Plant Guide - Montana
Find out what to plant so your garden doesn't become a tasty treat for deer!

Missoula County Flowering Plant Guide
Learn more about when common flowering plants in Missoula County are in bloom. PDF from the Missoula County Weed District and Extension Office.

For more information about the National Wildlife Federation’s Montana Education Programs, please contact Naomi Alhadeff at

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More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. The National Wildlife Federation is on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 53 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.

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