Master Naturalist Class

Awe-inspiring Natural History

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Learn the fascinating complexities of Montana’s ecosystem

Discover the mysteries of the Rock Creek valley, with the help of our certified master naturalists. Western Montana was carved by Glacial Lake Missoula during the last ice age, resulting in a thriving waterway and our namesake stream. During a two-hour master naturalist interpretive guided walk, you will hone your wildlife and plant identification skill. In the grand tradition of Lewis and Clark, learn to sketch and journal like a trained master naturalist.

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  • Twice-daily on-ranch adventures are included in your stay

  • Available year-round

  • Led by certified master naturalists

  • We provide binoculars, sketch books and pencils

Wisdom from the wild

From our Activities Concierge

“Here in nature’s classroom, lifted by the creek’s chorus and Montana’s expansive landscape, the lessons feel as vital and far-reaching as the views. ”
Joel Centano

"Big Sky School," Virtuoso Magazine, March 2021

A woman wearing a toque and sunglasses standing by a creek
“It’s about building firsthand awareness and appreciation, and if people can bring that home, we can start that conversation that leads to conservation. ”
Kelsey McGlothlin

Former Master Naturalist and Activities Manager

The best souvenir is a great story.

Twice-daily activities are included in your stay. Our all-inclusive rate structure ensures that visits to The Ranch are memorable for their adventures and amenities, not their logistical challenges.

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