Discovery Walks

Discovery Walks, presented by Bozeman Health, 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!

Monday, May 10, 9:30 a.m. – “Trail Tracking” at Triple Tree Trailhead – MOSS – What types of creatures have travelled through 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!

Friday, May 14, 9:30 a.m. – “Adaptation Nation” at Story Mill Community Park – MOSS – How does a frog develop gills? Why do falcons have dark stripes near their eyes? Let’s explore how animals and plants are always changing to help them survive!

Monday, May 17, 9:30 a.m. – “Birding Basics” at Cherry River Fishing Access – MOSS – 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!

Wednesday, May 19, 5 p.m. – “Wandering the Westside” at Bronken Soccer Complex – GVLT Community Trails Program Manager Matt Marcinek – Did you know the blossoming westside of Bozeman is loaded with trails and parks? Discover these new trail segments that will soon be connected with our East/West Connector Wayfinding project. Meet on the west side of the concessions/ restroom building in the parking lot. Bronken Fields are located on Cottonwood Rd., just south of Durston.

Thursday, May 20, 6:30 p.m. – “Calming Evening Yoga” at the concrete labyrinth near the base of Peets Hill – Spire Yoga Instructor Angela Davis –  Unwind with a gentle evening Vinyasa flow. Bring your yoga mat for this chill stretch session. The labyrinth is located just north of the Peets Hill parking lot on Church Ave, along the paved pathway toward to the library.

Friday, May 21, 9:30 a.m. – “Hiking Essentials” at Painted Hills Trail – MOSS – 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! Meet at the Painted Hills Trailhead, a small parking area just to the right off Kagy Blvd. as you’re heading east from Highland Blvd.

Sunday, May 23, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. – “Land Snorkeling-Wildflowers & More” at Peets Hill – Flora and Fauna author Whitney Tilt – Meet at the top of Peets Hill parking lot (Josephine & Kenyon) 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 base of Peets Hill near the parking lot off of Church Ave.

Monday, May 24, 9:30 a.m. – “Habitat Hunters” at Drinking Horse – MOSS – Look high and low for signs of a home! Discover what wild animals love to have in their habitats, and even build one of your own! 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.

Thursday, May 27, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. – “Wonder Walk” at the pavilion in Story Mill Park’s Nature Sanctuary – Liz Domenech – Let’s reconnect with the world outside of our brains, the world our body inhabits but our minds so frequently stray from. By paying attention through a cultivation of noticing and 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. 

Friday, May 28, 9:30 a.m. –  “Rock Hounds” at the “M” Trailhead – MOSS – Explore the geologically-rich Bridger Mountains while learning about different kinds of
rocks and fossils! How are they formed and where can you find them? The M Trailhead is located on the left side of the road along Bridger Drive, across from Drinking Horse Trailhead. You can also walk/ bike on the paved pathway to the trailheads by parking at the Story Mill Community Park.

Saturday, June 5, 7:30 a.m. – “Birding with Vicki Saab” at Cherry River Fishing Access Site – Research Biologist Vicki Saab and Sacajawea Audubon Society – Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) and Sacajawea Audubon Society (SAS) are jointly sponsoring a beginner “Discovery Bird Walk.” The walk will be co-led by Forest Service research wildlife biologist and SAS Board Member Vicki Saab. No prior experience is necessary, as the walk is intended for first time bird watchers or those that want to know more about birding.  Please bring binoculars and a bird book if possible and we will provide a few. Meet at the Cherry River Trailhead located on your right just after North 7th Ave turns left into the Frontage Road.

Monday, June 7, 6 p.m. – “Intro to Trail Running” at the Highland Glen Softball Field – 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 start and end at Softball Field lot on NE corner of Highland and Ellis. Loop south toward Kagy and back. We’ll go at a social pace so 10 minutes/mile or slower with a goal of orienting to trails; all abilities welcome.

Wednesday, June 9, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. – “Wonder Walk” at the pavilion in Story Mill Park’s Nature Sanctuary – Liz Domenech – Let’s reconnect with the world outside of our brains, the world our body inhabits but our minds so frequently stray from. By paying attention through a cultivation of noticing and 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. 

Thursday, June 10, 6 p.m. -“Wildflower Thursday” at Mount Ellis – Carolyn Hopper – Let’s amble together across fields of wildflowers and discover where different varieties of wildflowers like to live. Bring your curiosity. Nature is delightful. Meet at the Mt. Ellis Trailhead. Park at the end of Mt. Ellis Lane located east of Bozeman. Take a right onto Mt. Ellis Lane off of Bozeman Trail Road.

Friday, June 11, 9:30 a.m. – “Summer Survival” at East Gallatin Recreation Area – MOSS – Prepare for a great adventure by learning compass basics, survival necessities, and preparation skills to stay safe and have fun all summer long!

Monday, June 14, 9:30 a.m. –  “Amphibious Adventure” at Drinking Horse – MOSS – 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.  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.

Thursday, June 17, 6 p.m. – “Wildflower Thursday” at Mount Ellis – Carolyn Hopper – Let’s amble together across fields of wildflowers and discover where different varieties of wildflowers like to live. Bring your curiosity. Nature is delightful. Meet at the Mt. Ellis Trailhead. Park at the end of Mt. Ellis Lane located east of Bozeman. Take a right onto Mt. Ellis Lane off of Bozeman Trail Road.

Friday, June 18, 9:30 a.m. – “Bugging Out” at Regional Park – MOSS – Creep and crawl your way around a trail to explore the hiding spots of your favorite insects! How many insects can we find!?

Monday, June 21, 9:30 a.m. – “Sensational Senses” at Sourdough Canyon – MOSS – Notice anything funny about this trail? Put your senses to the test on an unnatural trail, enjoy a familiar place from a new perspective, and discover where to search for unique and exciting treasures! Meet at the Sourdough Canyon Trailhead, located at the end of Sourdough Canyon Rd. Take Nash Rd. and head south on Sourdough Canyon Rd.

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 – Park 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.

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.

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