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Walk by the light of the nocturnal fish moon until you lose your legs and go under. You're a trout now—cold-blooded and swayed by the touch of things. Light and temperature moves you, like the river or a sad song. There's only on or off, two seasons, are you a fish in or out of the water? It's summer now but wait until winter when the cold turns you into a beast you can't recognize. Enthusiasts gather along the creek bed to marvel at how you'll change "It's just the seasons," you gasp. "A little winter in the blood never hurt anyone." You jump and the cold Montana air portends your future. The snow waits upstream on the heads of mountains, a sweating brow rolling towards you. Listen.

If they didn't want me to write a poem, they shouldn't have called their event "Walk by the Light of the Moon – Nocturnal Fish Moon." What would you have done? Fri., July 15 from 7–8:30 PM, meet at the Blodgett Canyon Campground on the Bitterroot National Forest to learn about behavioral changes in trout as the result of the seasons. Visit and click on "learning center" or call 363-7100.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER


Send your little one tiptoeing through tulips for the miniNaturalists at the Gardens program, which lets kids explore the natural world through hands-on activities and play, 10–11 AM at Fort Missoula Native Plant Gardens (under the big silver water tower). $3/$1 MNHC members. Call 327-0405 or visit

Don't even bother trying to control yourself, because Wild Theater Thursdays are back at the Roxy Theater, which features a different award winning wildlife film every Thu. at 10:30 AM, now through Aug. 18. Tickets ar $3. See


If three days of backpacking sounds like your idea of a good time, join the Sierra Club for the Great Burn High Country Backpack expedition, July 15–17 which begins and ends at Schley Mountain Trailhead. To sign up, email trip leader Bob Clark at


Huff through the scenery with the Sierra Club Day Hike to Peterson Lake, an 11-mile trip with 3,100 feet of total elevation gain! To sign up, email Mary Owens at

The People at Citizen Scientists are taking a series of wilderness study expeditions through the backcountry of the Gallatin National Forest in southwest Montana. July 16–18 you can join them in Rock Creek Loop, where you'll hike through the Gallatin Petrified Forest to Lake Elsie. Check out To sign up call 243-5361 or email

Cycle it up while retracing the steps of Lewis and Clark during the Helena Bicycling Club's One Helena Hundred ride, a jaunt that begins in Cascade and offers participants the chance to bike 100 km or 100 miles alongside the Missouri River and several rolling hills. Brake for details at

Bag a slippery one during the Broadwater Rod & Gun Club's Walleye Derby, a catch-and-release format derby at Goose Bay Marina on Canyon Ferry Lake that offers the best fishers a $1000 cash prize. Cast off by calling 266-5279.

The Western Montana Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation are hosting a banquet, barbecue, and silent auction for the good of the animals at Marshall Mountain, 5250 Marshall Canyon Rd. Show up any time between 2–6 PM to help the animals. For tickets call Chelsea at 721-7171 or visit

Gather around the campfire for a riveting tale of elk in the Fish Creek drainage, as told by Vickie Edwards, 7 PM at Big Pine (FAS) Fishing Access Site in Alberton. Contact Valerie at 722-1553. Free.


Ride around the 'root in order to help benefit the Bitter Root Land Trust during the 2011 Tour of the Bitterroot, a one-day biking event that features a 46-mile, non-competitive tour through the Skalkaho Drainage, plus a family challenge, and a kids' dirt road derby. Push to for details.


Start your future field scientists off on the right foot with the Watershed Scientists Day Camp as sponsored by the Watershed Education Network. This camp is for ages 8–14, July 18–22 from 1–5 PM. Visit for the particulars.


Know your roll in the fine world of kayaking for this intermediate kayaking class put on by the University of Montana, $45 on July 19 and 21. Register by July 18 at


Your mission, if you choose to accept it: Rock Climbing and Rappelling with City Life community Center at The Heap at Lolo Pass. It's technical. You'll be harnessed and belayed, ages 13-18, $15 for members only, 7:30 AM–6 PM, Register at 1515 Fairview Ave. or Call 532-1558.

Don't even bother trying to control yourself, because Wild Theater Thursdays are back at the Roxy Theater, which features a different award winning wildlife film every Thu. at 10:30 AM, now through Aug. 18. Tickets ar $3. See

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