The Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument hopes that through learning about the monument and all it has to offer, individuals and communities will be more invested in its protection and preservation. Therefore, for years the Friends have taken an active role in helping to staff the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument Interpretive Center in Fort Benton during the busy summer months of May-September. Our support has helped to expand community outreach programs during the summer months and allows for additional educational programming geared towards school-aged children.
While visiting the interpretive center, look for the Friends' distinctive cottonwood leaf logo to learn more about the Friends.
Additionally, the Friends work with local schools to develop hands-on educational programs about watershed health, local agriculture, and the monument's history. Among the most popular educational events of the year are the Friends annual clean-up days for classrooms in communities near the monument. On those days, children are able to learn about the importance of complete watershed health while engaging in community service.
The newest aspect of the Friends educational programs are adult educational events that allow people of all ages the opportunity to gain hands-on educational opportunities. Past examples have been a full monument ecological float led by a local botany professor, an astronomy workshop put on by the Central Montana Astronomy Society, and a birding expedition guided by members of Montana Audubon. To learn more about this year's adult education events check the Friends calendar or give us a call.