Educational Institutions

Montana Natural History Center, Inc.

  • Missoula, MT
  • www.MontanaNaturalist.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote and cultivate the appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of nature through education.

Service Areas

Self-reported

Montana

Missoula, Missoula County, surrounding communities including Ravalli County, Mineral County, Lake County, Granite County as well as classrooms in Rapelje and Colstrip.

ruling year

1992

Executive Director

Self-reported

Mr. Thurston Elfstrom

Keywords

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Natural History Education

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Also Known As

MNHC

EIN

81-0472379

 Number

3465119432

Physical Address

120 Hickory Street

Missoula, 59801 5980

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (B11)

Natural History, Natural Science Museums (A56)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We work to get children and community members outside to learn about their natural environment.  To this end we offer more than 25 different programs for youth (pre school through high school), community members, teachers and University students.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

*The Montana Natural History Center's Visiting Naturalist in the Schools program provides nearly 100,000 hours of inquiry-based science curriculum to local 4th grade students with 7 classroom and schoolyards visits and 2 day long field trips each year. *Clark Fork Watershed Festival tecahes 750 sixth graders about our local watershed with the help of 140 volunteers. *Summer day camps for 4-15 year olds offers 14 weeklong programs for 196 students. *RiverFest provides a fun-filled and free celebration our watershed. Participants can learn how to bring birds and butterflies to their backyard, or try fly-fishing. Exhibits and nature activities are available for all ages. *Elderhostel programs provided educational programs "On the Trail with Lewis and Clark: A Montana Natural History Journey" seniors aged 55+. *Nature Discovery Trunks are sent out to teachers for 2-week curriculum units. 4,000 students learned about one of sixteen different topics that range from threatened and endangered species to fire ecology with these "traveling trunks" *Field Notes, a 3-minute weekly program on natural history produced in collaboration with Montana Public Radio, reaches an estimated 85,000 listeners each week. *Community Programs include Satruday Discovery Days twice a month, Saturday field trips on butterfly behavior and identification and a stargazing series with the Western Montana Astronomical Association on seven evenings throughout the spring and summer. The Missoula Wildlands Stewardship Program, offered weekly April through October allows anyone interested in native plants to learn as they work to improve Missoula's natural areas.

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Service Areas

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Montana

Missoula, Missoula County, surrounding communities including Ravalli County, Mineral County, Lake County, Granite County as well as classrooms in Rapelje and Colstrip.

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Financials

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MONTANA NATURAL HISTORY CENTER
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Montana Natural History Center, Inc.

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mr. Thurston Elfstrom

BIO

Thurston Elfstrom has spent the past 20 years developing digital experiences to market the State of Montana as a vacation destination. Thurston grew up in western Montana and earned a degree in Anthropology from Montana State University in 1993. Prior to joining the staff at the Montana Natural History Center, Thurston worked in cultural resource management archaeology before coming to work at the Montana Office of Tourism. Returning to Missoula in 2008 he coincidentally uncovered his passion for the community, philanthropy and fundraising. When Thurston and his wife, Suzanne, have a few spare moments, they like to run the trails in and around Missoula. Thurston has also been known to wet a line in his travels around the state and afterward, seek out a craft beer in local breweries.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Tom Roy

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?