Discovery Walks

New to town? New to trails? Simply want to explore with some new friends? Discovery Walks are for you! These one-hour, guided walks will help you discover the 80+ miles of trail on the Main Street to the Mountains trail system. These walks are a great introduction to the world of activities and hobbies right outside your back door.

When:

May and June 2017

Where:

Trails throughout the Main Street to the Mountains trail system in Bozeman

Time:

Varies

Cost:

Free!

Details:

Discovery Walks are free and do not require an RSVP. Please show up about 10 minutes prior to the walk starting. There will always be a volunteer sweeper on the walk so you’ll never get left behind. Please note, there are no dogs allowed on Discovery Walks for safety reasons. 

May Discovery Walks

Monday May 22: Aquatic Invasive Species with Brad Bauer, MSU Extension- Gallatin County 10:00am @ Cherry River Trail (meet at parking lot off of Frontage Rd.)
Meet at the Cherry River Fishing Access to hike and learn about the ecological role of wetlands. Participants will also visit the East Gallatin River to learn about the ecology and identification of aquatic invasive species.

Wednesday May 24: Walking with Babies and Toddlers with Health in Motion Physical Therapy 9:00am @ Gallagator Trail (meet at the parking lot for Peets Hill off of S. Church Ave.)
Join Health in Motion Physical Therapy + Wellness to get tips for the “back-aching” challenges of walking and hiking with kiddos present. Work on gait, posture, core, and stability whether carrying your little one on your back, pushing a stroller, or bending over to keep them from falling off their trike. We’ll show you how to walk without stressing your neck and back while addressing weaknesses of the post-birth body. New parents, aunties, uncles, nannies, grandparents welcome!

Saturday May 27: Introduction to Birding with Local Bird Enthusiasts 8:00am @ Sourdough Trail (meet at Tuckerman Park off of Goldenstein Lane)
If you’re new to birding or want to discover the “open secrets” of Sourdough Trail, join some experienced birders for what is considered by many to be the best birding walk in the Gallatin Valley. Quiet, curious walkers will be rewarded with a handful of species sightings, a nesting site or two, and glorious birdsong within the hour. Map and bird list provided. Bring binoculars if you have them!

Sunday May 28: Wildflower Walk with Whitney Tilt 9:00am @ Peets Hill/ Burke Park (meet at Peets Hill parking lot off of S. Church Ave.)
Come check out the spring wildflowers! Whitney Tilt, a local wildflower expert and author of Flora of the Yellowstone, will lead us on an exploration of the local flora.

Wednesday May 31: If the Shoe Fits-Shoe Demos and Fit with Oboz Footwear 5:30pm @ Drinking Horse Mountain Trail off of Bridger Dr. (meet at the Drinking Horse parking lot off of Bridger Drive)
Having the right shoe for hiking can make all the difference. Let the experts from local hiking shoe company, Oboz, help find you the perfect pair and fit for your needs. Try on and test drive some pairs right on the trail!

June Discovery Walks

Saturday June 3: National Trails Day with GVLT 8:30am @ Gallatin County Regional Park off of Oak St. (meet at parking lot off of Oak St.)
Although this isn’t technically a walk, it is a fun way to give back to community trails and volunteer. Every year GVLT hosts an annual volunteer day on National Trails Day. This year volunteers will be helping to improve and enhance the Gallatin County Regional Park. Picnic lunch to follow and families welcome!

Sunday June 4: Wildflower Walk with Carolyn Hopper 9:00am @ Drinking Horse Mountain Trail off of Bridger Dr. (meet at the trailhead off of Bridger Dr.)
Have you ever wondered about the names of the beautiful wildflowers that pop up in the summer? Leader Carolyn Hopper will share her expertise and knowledge so you’ll know what you’re looking at next time you hike. The flowers change and bloom quickly so you never know what you’ll see next on the trail.

Monday June 5: Hiking Basics Kids Walk with Montana Outdoor Science School 9:30am @ Drinking Horse Mountain Trail off of Bridger Dr. (meet at the trailhead off of Bridger Dr.)
Join us to become familiar with trail etiquette, hike planning, fun tips and tricks for the trail, and other essentials for getting started as a hiker!

Tuesday June 6: Walk with a Naturopath Doctor with Spring Integrative Health 5:30pm @ Burke Park/ Peets Hill (meet at the base of Peets Hill, parking lot off of Church Ave.)
Dr. McKenzie Mescon will walk with you and describe the unique approach of a Naturopathic Doctor. She’ll share easy tips and tricks to living a healthier and more natural life!

Friday June 9: Kids Birding Walk with Montana Outdoor Science School 9:30am @ Cherry River (meet at trailhead off of Frontage Rd.)
Grab some binoculars to discover the amazing birds in your own backyard! Do you notice how different their feet are? Why are their feathers shaped that way? Let’s find out!

Saturday June 10: Introduction to Birding with Local Bird Enthusiasts 8:00am @ Sourdough Trail (meet at Tuckerman Park off of Goldenstein Lane)
If you’re new to birding or want to discover the “open secrets” of Sourdough Trail, join some experienced birders for what is considered by many to be the best birding walk in the Gallatin Valley. Quiet, curious walkers will be rewarded with a handful of species sightings, a nesting site or two, and glorious birdsong within the hour. Map and bird list provided. Bring binoculars if you have them!

Monday June 12: Trail Tracking Kids Walk with Montana Outdoor Science School 9:30am @ The M Trail (meet at the M Trail parking lot and trailhead off of Bridger Dr.)
What types of creatures have been here before us? Get ready to put your detective skills to work while you discover what some of our area’s most popular wildlife have been up to while we were away. Search for tracks, scat, and fur as clues!

Wednesday June 14: Walking for Injury Prevention with Health in Motion Physical Therapy 11:30am @ Gallatin Regional Park off of Oak St. (meet at the parking lot off of Oak St.)
Take a walk with the physical therapists at Health in Motion Physical Therapy + Wellness. Whether you are new to trail-walking, nursing an injury, or moving a little slower these days, we’ll get you walking on the right foot so you can enjoy our local trails while staying injury-free. We’ll work on gait, core, posture, proper use of walking sticks, show you how to monitor your heartrate, and anything else participants want to work on.

Thursday June 15: Tour of the Bozeman Sculpture Park with Gallatin Art Crossing 5:30pm @ Gallagator Trail (meet at the far north end of the Gallagator, Main Street to the Mountains arch just east of the Library building)
Bozeman is home to incredible public art thanks to the Gallatin Art Crossing. Visit the sculptures along the Gallagator Trail with a GAC Board Member to hear more about the artist and process behind each piece.

Friday June 16: Bugging Out Kids Walk with Montana Outdoor Science School 9:30am @ Drinking Horse Mountain Trail off of Bridger Dr. (meet at trailhead off of Bridger Dr.)
Creep and crawl your way around a trail to explore the hiding spots of your favorite insects! How many insects can we find!?

Saturday June 17: Railroad History with Rufus Cone 10:00am @ Gallagator Trail (meet at base of Peets Hill, parking lot off of Church Ave.)
Enjoy a walk to explore the history of Gallatin Valley Electric Railway line, known today as the Gallagator Linear Trail. This guided trail walk will feature a history of the Milwaukee Railroad’s electric passenger train line from Bozeman to Gallatin Gateway (Salesville) from 1910 to 1930.

Monday June 19: Wonderful Water Kids Walk with Montana Outdoor Science School 9:30am @ Sourdough Trail/ Tuckerman Park (meet at parking lot for Tuckerman Park off of Goldenstein Lane)
Everybody needs water! Come discover what a healthy river needs, explore a marsh, and get your feet wet! A great way to cool down, and enjoy a hike!

Tuesday June 20: Wildfowers and Invasive Weeds with Jen Mohler, Big Sky Weed Committee 5:30pm @ Drinking Horse Mountain Trail off of Bridger Dr. (meet at trailhead off of Bridger Dr.)
Learn about the wildflowers and invasive weeds at Drinking Horse Trail, as well as methods to tackle these invasive species.

Wednesday June 21: Solstice Stroll with Jeff Copeland, Native Plant Society 6:00pm @ East Gallatin Recreation Area off of Manley Rd. (meet at the north end of the recreation parking lot)
Take an evening stroll through the East Gallatin Recreation Area on the north side of Bozeman, to see what plants are showing off on the longest evening of the year. This primitive park has a large and diverse riparian flora, including a special plant that is rare in this part of the state. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes that can get wet, and bring bug repellent.

Thursday June 22: Walking into Fitness with Jessica Benoit, A New Leaf 6:00pm @ Bozeman Pond Park near the mall (meet at the picnic tables under the pavilion in the south parking lot of the park)
Have you ever wondered how to up your calorie burn on a walk? Come join Fitness Coach Jessica Benoit with A New Leaf, LLC for a romp on the trail! Jessica’s expertise is meeting people where they’re at individually (and in small groups) and working within everyone’s physical abilities to achieve a higher level of fitness. Jessica will you show you how to increase your fitness level using your natural surroundings and your own bodyweight. You’re sure to have fun, have a good laugh and be a little sweaty by the end of the hour!

Friday June 23: Amphibious Adventure Kids Walk with Montana Outdoor Science School 9:30am @ East Gallatin Recreation Area off of Manley Rd. (meet at picnic tables near bathrooms)
Did you know that Montana has native tiger salamanders and chorus frogs? Can you guess where they live? Let’s get outside and explore the habitats of our amphibious neighbors.

Saturday June 24: Vamanos a Caminar! with Alicia PazSolis 10:00am @ Burke Park/ Peets Hill (meet at the base of Peets Hill, parking lot off of S. Church Ave.)
Hablas espanol? Descubre los senderos con un guia que habla espanol. Peets Hill tiene excelentes vistas del valle de Gallatin y acceso a parques tranquilos y zonas de picnic.

Monday June 26: Habitat Hunters Kids Walk with Montana Outdoor Science School 9:30am @ Drinking Horse Mountain Trail off of Bridger Dr. (meet at trailhead off of Bridger Dr.)
Look high and low for signs of a home! Discover what wild animals love to have in their habitats, and build one of your own!

Thursday June 29: Nature Journaling with Toyia Hatten 5:30pm @ Sourdough Trail (meet at Tuckerman Park off of Goldenstein Lane)
Grow your relationship with the natural world through a nature journal. Between drawing and taking notes, you’ll notice the detail in the plants, animals, mountains, and landscapes that surround you. Great for families!

Friday June 30: Adaptation Nation Kids Walk with the Montana Outdoor Science School 9:30am @ Gallatin County Regional Park (meet at trail entrance in Oak St. parking lot)
How did a frog develop gills? Why do chokecherries have their name? Let’s explore how animals and plants are always changing to help them survive!

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Laura

Development & Events Coordinator
LAURA@GVLT.ORG