Discovery Walks

Discovery Walks, presented by a partnership with GVLT, Bozeman Health, and Bozeman Parks and Recreation, are back this spring! These one-hour, guided walks will help you discover the 90+ miles of trail on the Main Street to the Mountains trail system. Each walk takes place at a different trail or park, and features a different theme. This year, we're working with Montana Outdoor Science School, Sacajawea Audubon Society, and more to bring fun, educational, outdoor activities the whole family can enjoy. New to Bozeman? Interested in discovering new trails? Need a spring activity for the kids? Curious about water, geography, yoga, plants, trail running, or birds? We have a Discovery Walk for you! Social distancing guidelines will be in place and attendees are encouraged to bring a mask. Discovery Walks are all an hour long, unless otherwise specified in the schedule.

When:

May-June, weather permitting, cancellations will be posted here.

Where:

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

Time:

See full schedule below

Cost:

Free!

Details:

Discovery Walks 2021 are sponsored by our friends at Bozeman Health. Thank you!

Thursday, June 24, 6 p.m. – “Intro to Trail Running” at the Painted Hills Connector Trail – Christopher Moriarty – Grab your running shoes, weather-appropriate outer layers (t-shirt/tank top, light jacket), shorts or leggings, sunglasses, visor/hat, water bottle or hydration vest/pack, GPS watch/phone, lifelong learner self and a positive attitude. We will meet at Painted Hills trailhead off of Kagy (just E of Bennett Drive), and go as far as we can for 35-40 minutes and then turn around (almost all downhill on the way back so it’s faster). Moderate difficulty. We’ll go at a social pace so 10 minutes/mile or slower with a goal of orienting to trails; all abilities welcome.

Friday, June 25, 9:30 a.m. – “Wonderful Water” at Sourdough Trail at Tuckerman – MOSS – Preschoolers, 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! Meet at the Tuckerman Park Trailhead located along Goldenstein Lane, west of Sourdough Road.

Saturday, June 26, 10 a.m. – “Natural Hazards of Bozeman Area” at Peets Hill/Burke Park – Bill Locke – “Civilization exists by geological consent; subject to change without notice.” – Will Durant. The Montana Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (2018) lists 11 hazards, of which three (transportation/hazmat, disease, and terrorism/unrest) are dominantly human in nature.  The remaining eight are natural processes which are hazards because we chose to expose ourselves.  All are present in the Bozeman area. Meet at the base of Peets Hill near the parking lot off of Church Ave.

Sunday, June 27, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. – “Land Snorkeling-Wildflowers & More” at Drinking Horse –  Flora and Fauna author Whitney Tilt – Meet at the parking lot across from the M for a wildflower and natural history tour. Whitney Tilt, a GVLT volunteer and author of Flora of the Yellowstone, will lead us on a “land snorkeling” exploration of the area. Meet at the Drinking Horse Trailhead, across from the M Trailhead on the right side of Bridger Drive. You can also park at the Story Mill Community Park and bike/ walk up the paved pathway to the Drinking Horse Trailhead.

Tuesday, June 29, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. – “Wonder Walk” at Story Mill Park Nature Sanctuary Pavilion – Liz Domenech – Let’s reconnect with the world outside of our brains, the world our body inhabits but our minds frequently stray away from. By paying attention through cultivation of noticing curiosity, we are reminded that we belong to something much bigger than ourselves. Join us for a guided meditation through Story Mill Nature Sanctuary. These walks are limited to six attendees. RSVP to hannah@gvlt.org to reserve your spot.

Wednesday, June 30, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. – “Bozeman Wetland Bike Tour”, meet at the Montana Ale Works/Cafe M parking lot – Gallatin Watershed Council – Find out more about Bozeman’s local wetlands and how they play a role in watershed health. Biking, birding, beavers, oh my! Bring your bike and binoculars.

Click here for a printable schedule! 

Questions? Email Communications and Development Coordinator Hannah Overton at hannah@gvlt.org.

Find the trailhead and meeting locations for Discovery Walks on the map below.

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Contact

Laura

Development & Events Coordinator
LAURA@GVLT.ORG