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Family Forestry Expo | Columbia Falls, Montana

Festival Event, Art or Educational Event

Fisheries up close and personal! – N. Chute

Ages Festival is Appropriate For

All ages, a real family affair!

Due to Covid-19 uncertainties and the dynamics associated with students and public meetings, an effort will be made to provide a virtual opportunity for students and a self-guided tour experience for the public to engage in the mission and educational aspects of Family Forestry Expo for 2021. More information will be forthcoming as the Family Forestry Expo planning team explores all options and develops a plan.

Family Forestry Expo, has been a tradition in the Flathead Valley for 30 years and will be Saturday, May 9, 2020 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Enjoy a 'free loggers lunch' from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., grandstand shows at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. including logging equipment demonstrations and Forest Service mule packing demonstrations; plus exhibits and educational stations along a forested path.

Approximately 1200 fifth graders visit Expo during the week to learn about natural resource topics, in conjunction with their classroom studies. Students learn about wildlife, archaeology, fire, backcountry ethics, plant identification, fisheries, forest management and more. Saturday is a family event welcoming all for a day of fun. A group of dedicated individuals, organizations, agencies and businesses work together to host this enjoyable and educational event every year providing unbiased information about forests and the multiple opportunities they provide in our everyday lives.

Driving Directions

Family Forestry Expo is held at the Trumbull Creek Educational Forest, located about two miles north of the junction of US Highway 2 and Montana Highway 40, just west of Columbia Falls, Montana.

To find Trumbull Creed Educational Forest, go to the junction of Highway 2 and Highway 40, locals call this the Blue Moon Bar intersection. Follow the Expo signs leading north on Halfmoon drive for 2 miles. Turn right on Tamarack Lane. Parking for the Expo site is the first left.

Event Setting

Come prepared for a short level walk through the forest.