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Family Forestry Expo | Columbia Falls, Montana

Festival Event, Art or Educational Event

Family Forestry Expo is made possible thanks to a group of dedicated individuals, organizations, agencies and businesses who 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.

Family Forestry Expo Demonstration – Sheena Pate

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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 has been 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.

Family Forestry Expo returns this year after a year hiatus with a modified format just for 2021. In place of the traditional in-person weekend event, families are welcome to visit the site on May 8-9th and May 15-16th, 2021 to take part in a self-guided forest walk along the half mile trail that follows Trumbull Creek. At the trail entrance, pick up a map with forest scavenger hunt activity and follow the marked stops. After your walk, take your map with filled out scavenger hunt activity to Sweet Peaks (Whitefish or Kalispell location) for a free kid's cone.

Bring your smartphone and tap into the posted QR codes for videos on fisheries, forest management, backcountry recreation, fire, wildlife and more!

During your walk discover the names of common forest plants, check out the recently updated forestry signs, walk the 'riparian path' along the creek, find and learn about forest birds, learn more about low-impact camping, and get a different view of Trumbull Creek.

Scheduled self-guided experience at the Expo site for 5th grade classes May 3-7th, 2021 and May 10-14th, 2021. Video experience also available for classes who cannot come to the Expo site. Links to videos available at https://www.familyforestryexpo.org/ or the Family Forestry Expo YouTube channel.

Full-format Expo During a "Typical" Year
Group looks forward to returning to this full-format in 2022.

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.

Pricing

Free

Attributes

  • Locally or Family-Owned Business
  • Universally Accessible
  • Family-Friendly