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We shred, hike and bike on Mother Earth's bounty each and every week, so why not give her a little restoration loving now and again? If you agree, I suggest you slap on some work gloves and prepare yourself for some stewardship action on Sat., April 23, during UM's Earth Service Day 2. It features the chance to participate in Earth Day on the M, which is a Mount Sentinel trail work and prairie restoration event that runs from 9 AM–3 PM on the mountain's trail. Then, at 10 AM, you can sort recyclables during a Recycle Relay, which runs until noon at UM's Recycling Shed, in the back of the Facility Services building. Alternately, you could give Playfair Park & Bancroft Pond a little tender loving care by doing things such as litter removal, fence staining, native tree and shrub planting, and more, from 10 AM–2 PM, starting with a meet up at 10 at the pavilion on south side of Playfair Park. And if you'd like to help spiff up the UC Garden, you can busy your hands during UM's UC garden chores, which tentatively runs from 2–5 PM. Still, those of you aiming to be super stewards can also participate in the Ecopentathalon 2, where you bike to all these events and work about an hour at each. So get out there and show your mother some love, ya dig?

UM's Earth Service Day 2 begins at 9 AM on Sat., April 23. Free. Visit for further details or call Vicki Watson at 243-5153.

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Leave your bear suit at home during Swan Valley Bear Resources' Spring Bear Wake Up Social, an evening featuring guest speakers discussing info related to bears in the Swan Valley, which runs from 5–8 PM at the Swan Valley Community Hall, near milemarker 42 off Hwy. 83. Free, but RSVPs are requested. Call 754-3137.


Kids in Missoula can hike, bike, raft, canoe and swim to their heart's content, and learn skills in leadership, self-confidence and teamwork, during Missoula Outdoor Learning Adventures' Outdoor Adventure Summer Camp, which is currently open for registration. Camps run each week from June 6–Aug. 26. $150 per one-week session, with a $50 deposit check per week. Get details at

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announces that today is the final day to comment on issues that may result in changes to Montana's 2012-2015 fishing regulations. Visit to comment and for more info.


Leave the drunk goggles at home but bring your avian shades when the Five Valleys Audubon Society presents a trip to the Warm Springs Ponds to look for migrating shorebirds and waterfowl, starting with a meet-up at 7 AM at the parking lot of UM's Adams Center. Free. Call Larry at 549-5632.

Keep your eyes peeled for waterfowl, shorebirds, woodpeckers and corvids when the Flathead Audubon Society presents its fifth annual Cohen Stroll, a two-hour birding walk that begins with a meet-up at 9 AM in the youth baseball fields off Hwy. 40 in near Whitefish. Enter through the Monterra subdivision and then turn right at the youth ball fields. Free. Call 837-0181.

Get rid of some of your old-but-still-good sleeping bags, backpacks and other outdoors gear in order to help out the Mountain Shepherds—a community run, eco-tourism organization located in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve in India—during the Nature-Link Institute's Gear for the Garhwal drive, which runs through April 30 with drop off locations at The Trail Head, Aerie Wilderness Medicine, UM's Outdoor Program and REI Missoula. Call 370-2294 and visit for details.

Powderhounds turn into aqua fiends when Big Sky Resort, 1 Lone Mountain Trail in Big Sky, presents its Spring Run-Off, an event at 3 PM marking the end of the ski season where skiers and snowboarders skim across a 100 foot pond of water, just for kicks. $20. Also, this is the last weekend to ski at Big Sky Resort for the season. Visit


Wear your hottest bunny suit when Missoulians on Bicycles presents its Easter Tour of the Town ride, which is 40 miles in length and takes you through the Rattlesnake area, Grant Creek, Miller Creek and Pattee Canyon, and departs at 10 AM from the Eastgate Parking lot on East Broadway St. Free. Visit


Tap into some adventurous history when Missoula REI, 3275 N. Reserve St. Ste. K-2, presents Stories from Nanda Devi & Gear for the Garhwal, which begins at 6:30 PM. Free. Visit to RSVP. Call 541-1938.


Hang with some spelunkers and keep your nose clean when the Northern Rocky Mountain Grotto of the National Speleological Society meets for a presentation titled "White Nose Syndrome–What It Is and How It Impacts Caving the the Northern Rockies," which begins at 7 PM in Room L09 of UM's Gallagher Business Building. Free. E-mail

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