The Northern Hemisphere is always changing, and its varied plant and animal life must deal with the extremes of both hot and cold weather. ZooMontana celebrates these resilient creatures. Trees and shrubs?many not native to the Montana area?surround exhibits, where more than 50 animal species make their homes. Here are just a few of the zoo's stars:
To meet more of the animals, check out the other exhibits, or try one of these activities:
Since he started his training back in 1964, Sensei Greg Olson has won numerous awards, earned a sixth-degree black-belt in aikido, and accumulated 50 years of experience as a martial-arts teacher. At Big Sky Aikido, he shares the culmination of these experiences with his students, building strong foundations in concepts and techniques. Students will learn self-defense movements and "receptive" techniques with a foundation in health and wellness.
Montana Audubon Conservation Education Center was founded in 1976, with the goal to conserve natural habitats to help native species flourish and ensure that the skies over future generations would continue to be diversely populated. Today, the center continues this work by connecting local community members with nature and teaching them how to protect it. Montana Audubon's recreational and educational programs, such as afterschool lessons and an Earth Day celebration, employ entertaining efforts to engage the public with the issue of wildlife conservation. The center's 72,000-square-mile swath on the Yellowstone River Basin also serves as an outdoor classroom to expose youth to local ecosystems including riparian zones, grasslands, and forests, and staffers place special focus on bringing underserved populations of young people to learn at the center.
In 1964, the building that formerly held the county jail was transformed into what would later become the Yellowstone Art Museum. Ever since, the museum has been captivating thousands with its curated artwork. The permanent collection consists of more than 7,300 works, many of which serve as a creative exploration of Montana and its surrounding regions. See a changing variety of exhibitions featuring works from local, national, and international artists. If you work up an appetite during your museum jaunt, stop by Raven’s Café d’Art for gourmet sandwiches and vegetarian fare.
Always looking for a challenge, Pangaea River Rafting's future owners Brooke and David Lawrence set out on a 4,000-mile cross-country bike ride years ago. But tackling that endeavor only increased the duo's thirst for more. After years guiding rafting expeditions along the Clark Fork River near Missoula, Montana, they decided the most exciting challenge would be to start their own rafting company. So, in 1989, they bought a small company by the name of Pangaea Expeditions, which they later renamed Pangaea River Rafting. During that time they also got married, fittingly alongside the river.
Over the course of more than 20 years, Brooke and David have developed a series of programs that highlight the area's tourist attractions as well as draw locals out into their surrounding habitat. They direct rafting ventures boasting wine tastings, happy hours, bird watching, team building, and catfish cuddling.
Entering their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest “4 Times the Fun” North American tour, the Globetrotters will add a new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet further than the official three-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian. See the arch-nemesis Generals try to keep up as the Harlem hardwood sorcerers evade gravity’s oppressive clutches and court clairvoyants distribute unassailable alley-oops. Youngsters can learn about the benefits of teamwork while laughing along with the jovial jocks as they perform classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti.