Hike and Learn

Hike and Learn with BSCO

2017 Program Dates.

When: Every Tuesday, July 11 – September 12 at 10:00 a.m., every other Tuesday evening at 5:30 starting July 18th and the 3rd Saturday in July and August at 10:00 a.m. Additional Hikes on July 11 at 5:30 and Saturday, July 29th at 10:00 a.m.

Where: Trails throughout BSCO’s community trail system

Cost: Free!

Details: Please RSVP for hikes if possible. BSCO’s Outreach Coordinator may email participants with additional details prior to the hike.

Tuesday, July 11 – Bird Spotting and Identification with BSCO staff member Scott Hoeksema
South Fork Loop Trail

Spend the morning on a short hike through different habitats, trying to identify different bird species by sight and sound. You will learn about bird identification, as well as how to use the terrain and your surroundings to help you identify birds. Please bring binoculars.

Tuesday, July 11 – 5:30 p.m. – A Nature Walk with the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Black Diamond Trail and Willow Way Trail

Kris Inman, Community Partnerships Coordinator and devoted conservationist will explore the various animals found in our habitat. Come learn about Wolverines, Moose and Bears from a knowledgeable source.

Saturday, July 15 – 10:00 – How to Navigate the Backcountry with Big Sky Search and Rescue
Uplands Trail

PJ Martin will demonstrate backcountry skills including first aid and finding food and shelter in case your day hike unexpectedly turns into an overnight activity. Learn the 10 essential items to have in your pack and best options to stay safe in the backcountry, along with tricks of the trade.

Tuesday, July 18 – Climbing Boulders with Montana Alpine Guides
Community Park

If you have never tried rock climbing before or want a review, learn from the experts at Montana Alpine Guides for bouldering. We will cover bouldering techniques and basic climbing movement. Technical climbing shoes will be provided by MAG the day of the event. This is a great way to get introduced to the climbing in the local Big Sky area. Optional add on dates are also available to further enhance your skills for a reduced rate for those that attend this intro class. Please let us know when you register if you would like to attend an extra day.

Day 2: July 20 at Red Cliff CG. Cost will be separate and will run $125/participant, includes all gear (This is a 30% discount and is only offered to those who attended Day 1 with BSCO)

Day 3: July 22 in Gallatin Canyon, Cost will be separate and will run $125/participant, includes all gear (This is a 30% discount and is only offered to those who attended Day 1 with BSCO)

Tuesday, July 18 – 5:30 p.m. – Mindfulness and Exploration Hike with Angela Marie Patnode
Ousel Falls Trail

Nature Provides the perfect medium for a journey within to the place of contemplation and peace. Join Angela Marie Patnode, Transformational Coach, Spiritual Teacher, and 20-year veteran of mountain guiding, for mindfulness and exploration in the beauty of the Big Sky Country. Participants will enjoy interpretive stops, poetry, meditation, and the practice of mindfulness and presence.

Tuesday, July 25 – History Hike with Historic Crail Ranch Conservators
Crail Ranch Trail

Take an easy hike along Crail Ranch Trail (3 miles round trip) to compare current views with landscape views in Historic Crail Ranch Museum’s photo archives. Examine fencing from homesteading pastureland days. *Optional tour of the Crail Ranch Homestead Museum after the hike. Park at the Crail Ranch.

Saturday, July 29 – 10:00 a.m. – Learn about Bear Habitats with the United States Forest Service.
Black Diamond Trail and Willow Way

Have you ever wanted to identify a bear track or know what to do in the event of an approaching bear? Jillian Thornton with the USFS will go into detail about how bears survive in the wild. Learn about eating habits, bear dens and why they act the way they do in this informative hike

Meeting Locations & Directions

Hummocks & Uplands Trail
Meet at the Hummocks and Uplands Trailhead. From Town Center, head east on Aspen Leaf Drive, cross a bridge over the river and continue up the road until you see the parking area and trailhead on your left.

Ousel Falls Trail
Meet at the Ousel Falls Trailhead. From Town Center, head south on Ousel Falls Road for approximately 2 miles, turn left after Crown Butte Road into trailhead parking area.

Crail Ranch Trail
Meet at Historic Crail Ranch. From the Meadow Village head north on Little Coyote Road. Pass the Big Sky Community Park then turn left onto Spotted Elk Road, the ranch will be on your left.

Little Willow Way
Meet at the Big Sky Community Park near the River Pavilion. From the Meadow Village, head north on Little Coyote Road, go past the Big Sky Chapel and pond and turn right into the park. The River Pavilion is to the right near the playground.

Big Sky Community Park Climbing Boulder
Meet at the Big Sky Community Park near the climbing boulders. From the Meadow Village, head north on Little Coyote Road, go past the Big Sky Chapel and pond and turn right into the park. The climbing boulders are on the left near the skate park.

South Fork Loop Trail
Meet at the South Fork Loop Trailhead. From Town Center, head east on Aspen Leaf Drive, the trail is on the right, before the bridge over the river and before the Hummocks and Uplands trailhead. Park alongside the road.

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