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Upcoming events at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

January 15, 2015; Thursday–Film Festival: America's Lost Landscape: “The Tallgrass Prairie.” This 60-minute film tells the rich and complex story of one of the most astonishing alterations of nature in human history. Before Euro-American settlement, the Lewis & Clark Expedition viewed this stunning landscape as they travelled their way up the Missouri River. The extraordinary cinematography of prairie remnants, original score and archival images are all delicately interwoven to create a moving viewing experience about the natural & cultural history of America. Among those interviewed is friend of the Interpretive Center, Dayton Duncan. Shown at 4:00 & 7:00 p.m. FREE!

January 22, 2015Thursday–Film Festival: “Leave it to Beavers.” The fascinating story of beavers in North America; their history, near extinction, and comeback, as a growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages. Using their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from re-establishing water sources in bone-dry deserts to supporting whole communities of wildlife drawn to the revitalizing aquatic ecosystems their ponds provide. Running time: 60 minutes. Shown at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. FREE!

January 23, 2015Friday—Star Party. Join the Central Montana Astronomy Society (CMAS) on the Interpretive Center parking lot to learn about our night sky. 6:00-10:00 pm FREE!

January 29, 2015Thursday–Film Festival: “The Salmon Forest.” This film reveals the connection between salmon, bears, trees, and people in the N.W. rainforest. The Lewis & Clark Expedition frequently noted this connection as the spent the winter along the Pacific coastline. This film features the largest remaining tract of North America’s temperate rainforest in British Columbia. Running time: 52 minutes. Shown at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. FREE!

February 5, 2015Thursday–Film Festival: “Living Things We Love to Hate.” Light-heartedly replaces our revulsion towards certain creatures with ecological understanding. The slimy slug...the sensuous snake...the darting bat - even the dark forest at night - just reading the words makes many of us squirm, shudder, or recoil in revulsion and fear. Yet every creature plays a vital role in its own ecosystem. This film is designed to replace those irrational fears with ecological understanding. Running time: 46 minutes. Shown at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. FREE! 

February 20, 2015Friday—Star Party.  Join the Central Montana Astronomy Society (CMAS) on the Interpretive Center parking lot to learn about our night sky. 6:00-10:00 pm FREE!

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