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Master Naturalist Class


Our certified master naturalists reveal the fascinating complexities of Southwest Montana’s diverse ecosystem. The Rock Creek valley was carved by Glacial Lake Missoula during the last ice age, and it still boasts a thriving waterway in its namesake stream. In 2018, we began our “Bird Your World” program in concert with the National Geographic Society’s Year of the Bird – a global effort to commemorate the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act with conservation work.

During a two-hour master naturalist interpretive guided walk on Thursdays at 2PM,  you will hone your wildlife and plant identification skills and learn about the natural history of our unique Rock Creek Valley.


Rock Creek Field Guide

Launched in 2019, our Rock Creek Field Guide takes our online community through the change of seasons at The Ranch, following 12 species that call our 6,600-acre haven home.

Master Naturalist Kelsey Bruns and Scientific Illustrator Katie Helser contribute their expertise to this monthly guide. Read our first issue which features the ermine.

Frontier Traditions