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.
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.
Follow us on Facebook at Missoula's Community Wildlife Habitat and get involved or you can follow us on Instagram @gardenforwildlifemissoula.
April 1, 2023
Project WET K-12 Teacher Workshop
Project WET is an award-winning, non-profit water education program. The program 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.
James E. Todd Building 32 Campus Dr, Missoula, MT 59812, Room 210
Times are influx right now — likely 9-4.
Registration is with Patty, Patty.Howard@gallatin.mt.gov.
April 29, 2023
Auqatic WILD and Project WET Teacher Workshop
120 Hickory St. # A, Missoula, MT 59801 Ellen Knight Classroom (upstairs)
Times are influx right now — likely 9-4.
Registration is with Naomi Alhadeff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eco-Schools USA engages PreK-12 schools in a 7-step framework to help combine environmental learning with hands on experiences. The program provides resources and curriculum to meet your state’s education standards. Visit our Eco Schools USA page or email NWF’s Montana Education Manager, Naomi Alhadeff to learn more.
The National Wildlife Federation has partnered with Miistakis Institute in Calgary, AB, Canada to expand the WildlifeXing Program along the Hi-Line region of Montana. This community-science based approach engages rural communities by training volunteers to use the WildlifeXing app to support agency wildlife-transportation mitigation efforts. An additional 8-lesson high school education unit engages students in wildlife biology and connects data collected in the classroom with management decisions. To learn more visit the WildlifeXing website or email Naomi Alhadeff at email@example.com.
There are numerous professional development opportunities available for educators to become familiar with Eco-Schools USA, WildlifeXing Program, Project WET, Project Learning Tree, and Project WILD. These workshops train educators on diverse wildlife and water related topics for the classroom to connect global challenges to local solutions. They provide educators with the knowledge to teach wildlife-based conservation principles in the classroom or outside of the classroom. NWF staff works with schools, teachers, and educators to bring these workshops to you. Participants receive project guides, additional resources or supplies, and Montana certified Renewable Units.
If you’re interested in hosting or attending a professional development workshop, please email Naomi Alhadeff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Looking to explore Missoula’s Certified Wildlife Habitats™ and the best management practices they display to help improve our watershed? A Certified Wildlife Habitat™ is a step toward replenishing resources for wildlife—both locally and along migration corridors – and we want to show you some great Missoula examples.
Download this self-guided tour to learn the importance of gardening for wildlife, reducing the number of pollutants entering our river, and improving your wildlife habitat.
Click highlighted text for audio recordings describing each stop!
Stop A: Western Cider was certified in March of 2020 and is the first stop on the tour that shows a healthy wildlife habitat neighboring the Clark Fork River.
Stop B: Created by a group of people who were passionate about urban sustainability, the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD) is the next stop on the tour and was officially certified in May of 2018.
Stop C: Soil Cycle aims to promote the natural food cycle by providing environmentally sustainable compost services and education and is the next stop on the tour, certifying their wildlife habitat in September of 2019.
Stop D: The Montana Natural History Museum is next on the tour certifying their habitat in July of 2015 and displaying a beautiful example of a pollinator garden filled with native plants.
Stop E: The last stop on the tour is the home of the Missoula Certified Wildlife Community celebration dating their habitat back to the Summer of 2017.
Hello! My name is Dan, I’m from Potsdam “almost Canada” NY, and I’m an east coast skier. I graduated from Bentley University in 2021 with a major in sustainability sciences with minors in general business and management. While there, I played for their club frisbee team Bentley Icehouse all four years. I also had the opportunity to intern with the National Park Service’s Office of Policy for a semester in Washington DC. In my free time I like to ski/snowboard, hike, and play ultimate. When it’s not so nice outside I let my inner nerd show and I enjoy the card game Magic the Gathering. I’m a Wilderness EMT, which means I care a lot about how hydrated you are on warm days, and how warm you are on cold ones. Above all else I enjoy being the person who gets to help others experience and enjoy the outdoors, wherever the outdoors are. Hopefully, I’ll get to be that person for you. To contact our current AmeriCorps member please email email@example.com.
Photo courtesy of Dan French.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.