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Festival Week Events


 @Canyon Creek Nursery June 21, 2 pm, 1730 48th Street West

About Abi and Pollinator Conservation

I am a horticulture professional with a passion for pollinator conservation. I have a background in Entomology, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Insect Identification, and Plant Pathology. I am experienced in outreach, education, scientific communication, curriculum development, and research through several higher education institutions.

Abi Saeed

Extension Specialist


Extension Horticulture, Pollinator Conservation, Entomology

(406) 994-6523

Leon Johnson Hall 312

@ DanWalt Gardens June 20 at 10 am, 720 Washington Street

Billings’ Best Kept Secret! A tour of the gardens with a member of the DanWalt staff

Bursting with colors and resplendent displays of opulent flowering annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees, the DanWalt Gardens delights around every turn and is a visitor attraction for everyone.

The Garden’s stunning and tranquil space amidst statuaries and water features also makes it an ideal venue for classy and romantic weddings. Our Pavilion is perfect for intimate wedding receptions, private parties and corporate events.

Secluded by nature but conveniently located near hotels, restaurants and downtown Billings, the Gardens is easily accessible by locals and out-of-town visitors.

Be sure to visit the Gardens throughout the seasons to see spectacular ever-changing flowers – there is always something blooming in the Gardens!          

 $10.00 admission, Kids under 12 FREE


720 Washington Street

Billings, MT 59101


9 a.m. - 6p.m., May - October



@ ZooMontana each day June 20-24 at Noon, 2100 Shiloh Road

Yellowstone Arboretum "Pollinator Walk & Talk" with Curator Scott

"The mission of the Yellowstone Arboretum is to cultivate arboreta appreciation and understanding of our local heritage through public education, organic preservation and stewardship of our natural environment"

An Arboretum is a devoted area set aside for specimen plantings of trees, woody shrubs and vines. Distinct from a forest, nursery or park, it is in a sense an outdoor museum of trees.  It is a place where many historical varieties of trees are grown for research, educational, and ornamental purposes and where trees and shrubs are cultivated for exhibition.

Regular admission rates will apply. FREE to Zoo members !

Meet at the amphitheater at Noon

@ Montana Audubon Center, Tuesday June 21 4-6 pm on the grounds

Help the pollination cause with a Tree Planting Seminar

Initially launched in 1998, an all-volunteer effort has planted more than 65,000 trees and shrubs for habitat restoration, engaged dozens of schools and local businesses, and built community support for a year-round center. Today, Montana Audubon and its partners are prepared to build on this foundation and establish the Center as a regional hub for placed-based education, conservation/environmental research and monitoring, citizen science, and Yellowstone River Basin natural history. Local governance from an Audubon Center Advisory Council, strong community partnerships, and exceptional education programming are the pillars supporting the growth and development of this project.

The Center’s site is a 54-acre former gravel mine bordered by 115 acres of city-managed park land. Beautifully situated along the Yellowstone River, the Montana Audubon Center includes three ponds for scientific research and exploration, and connectivity to the growing greenbelt trail system, an island on the river, and City parks. The site anchors the growing Yellowstone Greenway public trail system. This is an ideal location within Montana’s largest urban center providing easy access and a diversity of habitats and wildlife.

Meet at the picnic table in the visitor parking lot at 4 pm. Activity will be outdoors so bring water for hydration and dress for any inclement weather. Center will provide tools and gloves or if comfortable with your own tools, bring them along !


 Our grounds are open from dawn to dusk. Come visit us at 7026 South Billings Blvd. Billings, MT.

Click here to download a Montana Audubon Center Trail Map

Contact us at 406-294-5099, or click here for a map to the Center.  


@ Western Heritage Center, Thursday June 23rd. Noon

Pollinators & Public Lands

A natural history of bumblebees and efforts to understand their distribution and conservation needs on Montana's public lands.


Bio: Rebecca Newton is a wildlife biologist for the Bureau of Land Management and has worked in western South Dakota, northeastern, and southcentral Montana. She has degrees in Wildlife Biology from The University of Montana, Missoula.


Western Heritage Center

2822 Montana Avenue

Billings, MT 59101

@ Montana Audubon Center, Wednesday June 22, 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Montana Moth Project 

Marian L. Kirst, NRRES entomologist and program developer, is hooked on moths after her first season in the field. She had a blast coordinating the Montana Moth Project’s first-ever citizen science crew, an amazing volunteer group that conducted once-a-month diversity samplings at the Montana Audubon Center (MAC) in Billings. She also implemented multiple moth diversity samplings in Carbon, Yellowstone and Golden Valley counties and helped develop and execute a Wild Montana-sponsored research grant project in the Pryor Mountains, her favorite mountain range in Montana.



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Library Summer Reading Program, Pollinators with Leslie Nelson Friday, June 24, 2-3 pm

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This presentation has been moved to Wise Wonders...more information forthcoming

Bee Movie is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. Directed by Simon J. Smith and Steve Hickner from a screenplay by Jerry Seinfeld, Andy Robin, Barry Marder and Spike Feresten, it stars the voices of Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, John Goodman, Patrick Warburton, and Chris Rock. The film centers on Barry B. Benson (Seinfeld), a honey bee who tries to sue the human race for exploiting bees after learning from his florist friend Vanessa Bloome (Zellweger) that humans sell and consume honey.

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