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 2019

Where:

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

Time:

Varies

Cost:

Free!

Details:

Discovery Walks are free, one-hour, guided walks on the Main Street to the Mountains trail system. You’ll meet new people, learn something new, and explore a new trail. A knowledgeable expert will guide you on an easy and casual stroll. A volunteer will always stay at the back of the line so you’ll never be left behind. All walk attendees receive a free trail map at the end of walk so they can explore more trails! No RSVP is necessary, just arrive a few minutes beforehand. Meeting locations are listed next to the descriptions and locations are marked on the Google Map at the bottom of this page. Many of the walks are family friendly (and kids encouraged!) and will be designated as such on the schedule. Because these are group walks, please refrain from bringing your pooch. We will post on our website and social media if walks are cancelled due to weather or illness.  Please bring water and appropriate shoes for light walking. Sunscreen and layers are encouraged on sunny days!

Walk, talk, explore your trails this summer with Discovery Walks!

2019 Discovery Walk Schedule:

May 1 5:30pm Bozeman Sculpture Park Tour with Gallatin Art Crossing @ Gallagator Trail 
Join a Board Member from the Gallatin Art Crossing  and learn about the unique sculptures and artists that line the Gallagator Trail from the Library to Peets Hill. Meet outside in front of the Bozeman Public Library.

May 3 11:00am ‘More than Dirt’ Walk with an MSU Soil Doc @ Peets Hill
Tony Hartshorn, SD is a soil doc and enthusiast at Montana State University. During this walk he will share his knowledge about the variety of productive soils of the Gallatin Valley and the stories they hold. Meet at the base of Peets Hill

May 4 9:00pm New Moon Walk @ Peets Hill
What’s up in the sky tonight? Learn about the science and mythology of some of tonight’s constellations, deep-sky objects, planets, etc. You are welcome to bring a flashlight. Meet at the base of Peets Hill.

May 6 9:30am Trail Tracking Kids Walk with Montana Outdoor Science School @ East Gallatin Rec. Area
What types of creatures have traveled 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! Meet at the picnic tables next to the bathroom building.

May 7 11:00am Walk with a Health Provider with Bozeman Health @ Peets Hill
Take a walk for your health! Join a provider from Bozeman Health for a conversation about how to lead an outdoor healthy life. Meet at the base of Peets Hill

May 8 5:30pm Walk with a Mindset/ Health Coach @ Highland Glen Nature Preserve
Jen Brick is a mindset and health coach. She’ll share all her tips and tricks to create self-care habits for a healthy mind and body.  Meet at the corner of Ellis and Highland Blvd., across from the Softball Complex.

May 10 9:30am Adaptation Nation Kids Walk with Montana Outdoor Science School @ Regional Park
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! Meet at the Dinosaur Playground parking area.

May 11 10:00am Geomorphology of the East Gallatin River @ East Gallatin Rec. Area
Karin Boyd, water expert and owner of Applied Geomorphology, will share her knowledge and experience with the East Gallatin River and the ways it has shaped our landscape. Meet at the picnic tables next to the bathroom building.

May 13 9:30am Birding Basics Kids Walk with Montana Outdoor Science School @ Cherry River Trail
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! Meet at the parking area and entrance to the trail off of the Frontage Rd.

May 14 11:00am Walk with a Naturopathic Doc with Spring Integrative Health @ Peets Hill
Join Dr. Mackenzie Mescon for a walk and talk about Naturopathic medicine.   Meet at the base of Peets Hill.

May 15 6:00pm Thrive’s Dynamite Dads: Fun with Fishing @ Bozeman Pond
Walk around the pond and catch fish during a great night out with Thrive’s Dynamite Dads program. More information at www.allthrive.org. *Registration required Meet at the pavilion on the south end of Bozeman Pond Park.

May 17 9:30am Hiking Essentials Kids Walk with Montana Outdoor Science School @ Painted Hills Trail
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 off of Kagy Blvd.

May 18 8:30pm Full Moon Walk @ Peets Hill
Enjoy an evening walk under the light of the full moon while learning about the moon. Meet at the base of Peets Hill.

May 19 10:00am Wildflower Walk @ Peets Hill
Whitney Tilt, author of Flora of Yellowstone, will lead you on a walk through our community’s most cherished park to seek and identify our region’s unique wildflowers. Meet at the base of Peets Hill.

May 20 9:30am Habitat Hunters Kids Walk with Montana Outdoor Science School @ Drinking Horse Trail 
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 off Bridger Drive.

May 21 9:45am Toddling Tuesdays Family Walk with Roots Family Collaborative’s Fresh Air Mamas @ Peets Hill
Be a part of a welcoming community of mothers and join us as we explore the trails around Bozeman while making connections, feeling the benefits of nature, and becoming empowered together. Bring your toddler and go at your own pace. Meet at the base of Peets Hill.

May 22 10:00am Walk with a Health Provider with Bozeman Health @ Peets Hill
Take a walk for your health! Join a provider from Bozeman Health for a conversation about how to lead an outdoor healthy life. Meet at the base of Peets Hill.

May 23 5:30pm Walk with the GVLT Executive Director @ Peets Hill
Join Penelope Pierce, Executive Director of the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, on Peets Hill, GVLT’s first project in the Main Street to the Mountains vision. See where it all began and hear about upcoming projects and connections. Meet at the base of Peets Hill.

May 25 10:00am Railroad History Walk @ Gallagator Trail
Did you know that the Gallagator Trail is an old rail line? Rufus Cone will share history on the historic rail line that took passengers from Bozeman to Salesville, now Gallatin Gateway. Meet at the base of Peets Hill on Church Ave.

May 28 9:45am Fresh Air Mamas Walk with Roots Family Collaborative @ M Trail
Be a part of a welcoming community of mothers and join us as we explore the trails around Bozeman while making connections, feeling the benefits of nature, and becoming empowered together. Bring your kiddos and walk at your own pace. Meet at the M trailhead off of Bridger Drive.

May 29 6:30pm Cell Phone Photography Walk @ M Trail
A picture is worth a thousand words. Learn how to capture the scenic views you’ll see on trails this summer with just your cell phone. Griffin Lawrence will share tips and tricks to make your phone take pictures like a professional! Meet at the M trailhead off of Bridger Drive.

May 31 9:30am Rock Hounds Kids Walk with Montana Outdoor Science School @ M Trail
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? Meet at the M trailhead off of Bridger Drive.

June 1 10:00am Nature Journaling Walk @ Sourdough Trail
Stop, look around, and listen. Bring a journal and Toyia Hatten will help you write, draw and reflect on the nature that surrounds you as she introduces you to the practice of nature journaling. Meet at Tuckerman Park off of Goldenstein Lane.

June 4 9:45am Toddling Tuesdays Family Walk with Roots Family Collaborative’s Fresh Air Mamas @ Regional Park
Be a part of a welcoming community of mothers and join us as we explore the trails around Bozeman while making connections, feeling the benefits of nature, and becoming empowered together. Bring your toddler and go at your own pace. Meet at the Dinosaur Playground.

June 5 6:30pm Hiking and Backcountry Skills Walk @ Drinking Horse Trail
Join Griffin Lawrence, backcountry guide,  as he shares all that you need to know to backpack or hike in the backcountry including safety, what to bring and how to be prepared. Meet at the Drinking Horse trailhead.

June 6 5:30pm Bozeman Sculpture Park Tour with Gallatin Art Crossing @ Gallagator Trail
Join a Board Member from the Gallatin Art Crossing  and learn about the unique sculptures and artists that line the Gallagator Trail from the Library to Peets Hill. Meet outside in front of the Bozeman Public Library.

June 7 10:00am Wildflower Walk @ Mt. Ellis Trail
Carolyn Hopper, Wildflower enthusiast and expert, will lead you on a walk through the open fields of the Mt. Ellis Trail to find and identify the wildflowers that bloom in the beginning of June. Meet at the gate at the end of Mt. Ellis Lane off of  Bozeman Trail Rd.

June 8 7:00am Birding Walk @ Sourdough Trail
Have you heard any chirping birds this spring? Join Vickie Saab, wildlife biologist, to spot and identify some of our feathered friends above. Meet at Tuckerman Park off of Goldenstein Lane

June 10 9:30am Sensational Senses Kids Walk with Montana Outdoor Science School @ Bozeman Pond
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 picnic area on the south side of Bozeman Pond Park.

June 11 9:45am Fresh Air Mamas Walk with Roots Family Collaborative @ Drinking Horse Trail
Be a part of a welcoming community of mothers and join us as we explore the trails around Bozeman while making connections, feeling the benefits of nature, and becoming empowered together. Bring your kiddos and walk at your own pace. Meet at the Drinking Horse trailhead.

June 12 5:30pm Physical Geography of the Gallatin Valley @ Peets Hill
Bill Locke will help you see the Gallatin Valley landscape through a new lens as he shares his knowledge of the geography and geology of the region from the top of Peets Hill. Meet at the base of Peets Hill.

June 13 5:30pm Walk with a Health Provider with Bozeman Health@ Peets Hill
Take a walk for your health! Join a provider from Bozeman Health for a conversation about how to lead an outdoor healthy life. Meet at the base of Peets Hill.

June 14 9:30am Summer Survival Kids Walk with Montana Outdoor Science School @ East Gallatin Rec. Area
Prepare for a great adventure by learning compass basics, survival necessities, and preparation skills to stay safe and have fun all summer long! Meet at the picnic tables on the south side of the bathroom building.

June 15 9:30pm Constellation Night Walk with In Focus Astronomy @ Peets Hill
Join Space Naturalists from In Focus Astronomy for a space-themed night hike! Learn about the constellations, their mythology, and the story of how their stars formed in space. A short stargazing session with a telescope will follow. Please bring your own headlamp, preferably with a red light setting to preserve night vision. Meet at the base of Peets Hill.

June 17 9:30am Amphibious Adventures Kids Walk with Montana Outdoor Science School @ Sourdough Canyon Trail
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 Sourdough Canyon trailhead at the end of Sourdough Canyon Rd., off of Nash Rd.

June 18 9:45am Toddling Tuesdays Family Walk with Roots Family Collaborative’s Fresh Air Mamas @ Grotto Falls
Be a part of a welcoming community of mothers and join us as we explore the trails around Bozeman while making connections, feeling the benefits of nature, and becoming empowered together. Bring your toddler and go at your own pace. Meet at the Grotto Falls trailhead at the end of Hyalite Canyon Rd.

June 19 6:00pm How Trails are Made Walk with GVLT Trails Project Manager @ Sourdough Trail 
Have you ever wondered how trails are made? How are they designed? Who decides where they go? And who pays for them? Matt Marcinek, GVLT Trails Program Manager, will give you a behind the scenes look at the process, start to finish. Ask questions of a trails expert! Meet at Tuckerman Park off of Goldenstein Lane.

June 22 9:00am Walk with an Acupuncturist @ South Cottonwood Trail
Walking the path of ancient Chinese medicine, learn about chronic stress, and explore the different types of stress reduction techniques right on the trail! Meet at the South Cottonwood trailhead at the end of Cottonwood Canyon Rd.

June 24 9:30am Buggin’ Out Kids Walk with Montana Outdoor Science School @ Drinking Horse Trail
Creep and crawl your way around a trail to explore the hiding spots of your favorite insects! How many insects can we find!?  Meet at the Drinking Horse trailhead.

June 25 5:30pm Walk with a Health Provider  with Bozeman Health @ Peets Hill
Take a walk for your health! Join a provider from Bozeman Health for a conversation about how to lead an outdoor healthy life. Meet at the base of Peets Hill.

June 27 5:30pm Wildflower or Weed Walk:  Gallatin Valley’s Noxious Weeds with MSU Extension @ Peets Hill
Join MSU Extension agents to identify noxious weeds on Peets Hill. They’ll highlight Gallatin County’s newest listed weed, ventenata, a highly invasive annual grass that is threatening agriculture in Montana. Meet at the base of Peets Hill.

June 28 9:30am Wonderful Water Kids Walk with Montana Outdoor Science School @ Sourdough Trail
Wonderful Water: 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 Tuckerman Park off of Goldenstein Lane.

June 29 4:00pm Geology Rocks Walk @ M Trail
Hike to the M with Angela Lexvold while learning about the geology of the area, looking at rocks, and getting great views. We’ll take the longer, more gradual incline up to the “M” and back, not the steep route. Meet at the M trailhead.

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