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Wilderness Walks Set For Fall


Wild Montana’s Wilderness Walks fall lineup features 26 educational experiences across Montana, including Miles City and Billings. This year’s schedule offers a fall season for the first time as part of the organization’s effort to provide year-round educational opportunities.

Said a press release, “The free group outings combine education with wilderness experiences on public lands. Participants can graze on wild berries, marvel at constellations and summit a peak.”

“Thanks to our amazing volunteers, we’re offering fall Wilderness Walks across the state. Every outing is a great opportunity to make new friends, learn about pressing conservation issues in Montana and have fun on public lands,” says Sonny Mazzullo, Wild Montana’s education manager.

The fall season begins Friday, Sept. 8, with a sunset stroll around Lake Elmo and an adventurous trek up Nasukoin Mountain in the Whitefish Range. In honor of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 23, the group’s volunteer leaders will host four outings, including a birding walk in Giant Springs State Park and a celebration of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness.

A moderate hike is planned near Miles City at the Strawberry Hill Recreation Area Saturday, Sept. 30. The group will stroll through meadows and rolling hills of native grasses, sage and ponderosa pine. The skyline is defined by unique rock formations, including the namesake red butte and expansive views of the Yellowstone Valley.

Wilderness Walks are free to join, but registration is required. Wilderness Walks are volunteer-led, often in partnership with supportive businesses and conservation partners. Registration opens for each Walk one month before the event date. September walks are now open for registration. The complete schedule is available at wildmontana. org/walks.

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