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Come join the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest on Saturday, June 1, for a walk through the woods, and learn about the colorful wildflowers of the area.

Jon’s Gulch wildflower walk is Saturday

Flowers are blooming at Thompson Park. Come join the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest on Saturday, June 1, for a walk through the woods, and learn about the colorful wildflowers of the area. As an added bonus, entomologists from MSU and the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Bozeman will provide pollinator identification expertise.

This family friendly event is free to all and designed for those interested in learning more about the local flora and pollinators. The hike will begin at 10 a.m. at Sagebrush Flats in Thompson Park and participants will hike approximately 2 miles of Jon’s Gulch trail.

Come dressed for inclement weather and bring water, rain gear, sunscreen, camera and a snack or lunch. A wildflower field guide and magnifying hand lens is also encouraged, but they will be available to share on the tour.

For information, contact the Forest Service in Butte at 406-494-2147.

Celebrate National Trails Day at a state park

Join us in celebration of National Trails Day at a Montana state park on Saturday, June 1. The American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day is the country’s largest celebration of trails. Gather with over 100,000 other volunteers throughout the nation in empowering all to enjoy, share, and preserve the hiking experience.

Jump hike in Great Falls

There will be a jump hike at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park in Great Falls at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, June 1. View the famous buffalo jump with Park Ranger Alice Southworth and identify the native plants and prairie wildflowers along the way. Learn how the First Peoples used these plants to survive on the prairie. Hiking is good for active families. View the exhibits in the Visitors’ Center afterwards. Reservations required. For information or to register, visit getfitgreatfalls.com/hikes/. This event is free

Bozeman/Butte area treasure walk

Seek your fortune at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 1.

Participants will receive a “treasure” map to find a specific fortune cookie and a select few of these cookies will include additional prizes. Join us for a fun way to learn about our trail system and how to follow a trail map. Additional prizes include a night’s stay in a park cabin, a free cave tour for a family of four and other offerings from local businesses.

Come prepared with hiking footwear, water bottle, sunscreen and weather-appropriate clothing. Treasure seekers will meet at the Cave (Upper) Visitor Center Parking Lot. This event is free. For information call 406-287-3541.

Natural resource educators workshop slated

Natural resource professionals and conservation organizations are invited to a one-day workshop about teaching aquatic invasive species to youth. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and Montana Department of Natural Resources are co-hosting workshops in June. Workshops will be held in Kalispell on June 21, Billings on June 25 and Butte on June 27.

The workshops are designed to provide participants with the knowledge, techniques and tools needed to conduct aquatic invasive species programs for schools, field days or other events.

The workshops include hands-on instruction on how to teach specific invasive species activities. Participants will receive an Invasive Species Teaching Tools Trunk, which contains everything needed to teach the activities on their own.

The training is conducted by the Invasive Species Action Network. The workshops are free, but registration is required. To register contact Sarah Ganter at 518-727-8275 or email uppercolumbia3@gmail.com.

Women's nature journaling class offered

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program is sponsoring a Nature Journaling class Saturday, July 6, at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave.

Before the advent of modern photography, nature was recorded in words and illustrations. This class will explore how to capture not only the physical presence of our experiences in nature, but also the journalists’ feelings and interpretations.

The one-day class is open to beginner and experienced nature journalists. The registration fee of $15 will include some art supplies, and participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Registration forms are available on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov; click "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman," under the Education tab.

For information, contact Sara Smith at 406-444-5280 or email at sarsmith@mt.gov.

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