Learning Center

Nature & Science

Raptors Soaring Above the Bridger Range

Explore Birds of the area


The Custer Gallatin National Forest and surrounding landscape offer a unique bird watching experience. There are numerous species present in diverse habitats during the year.


Conservation Education Program Wild Bill Lake, Beartooth Ranger District


Conservation Education


The Custer Gallatin National Forest offers several conservation education programs outside or in the classroom.



Fish in Wild Bill Lake, Beartooth R.D.


Fisheries Education Programs


Fish are fascinating and the Custer Gallatin National Forest has an active fish program visiting schools and providing presentations that fit in with the conservation education program.


Wildflower on the Forest

Celebrating Wildflowers Website

Take a hike on virtually any trail on forest during spring wildflower season (typically May, June, July for peak season and into August in the high country) and you'll find more wildflowers than you can count.  Each year the Yellowstone Ranger District participates with local schools in hosting a celebrating wildflowers poster contest (March - May).

Northern Region Wildflower Viewing Areas

History & Culture

Interpretive Sites

Nez Perce National Historic TrailNez Perce National Historic Trail

The Nez Perce (Nimíipuu or Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail stretches from Wallowa Lake, Oregon, to the Bear Paw Battlefield near Chinook, Montana. It was added to this system by Congress as a National Historic Trail in 1986.

Gallery of Interpretive Site, Interpretive Panel


Visitor Centers

View of Visitors CenterEarthquake Lake Visitor Center

In August of 1959 a massive 7.5 magnitude earthquake near the Madison River triggered a massive slide. Moving at speeds of 100 mph, in less than a minute over 80 million tons of rock crashed through the narrow canyon blocking the canyon, changing the landscape and forming Earthquake Lake. Known as the Hebgen Lake Earthquake, a Visitors Center and Interpretive Trails allow people to experience the event that shaped the area.


Guard RangerHistoric Main Boulder Ranger Station and Visitor Center

Located 30 miles south of Big Timber, Montana, the Main Boulder Ranger Station reflects the early years of the Forest Service and the commitment of the United States to the conservation movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Outdoor Safety and Ethics

Enjoying the Outdoors should be safe, enjoyable and fun for all, but there are a few things you can do to ensure respect for the land, other users and your own safety:

  • Leave No Trace
  • Be Bear Aware Always
  • Watching Wildlife
  • Dispersed Camping Ethics
  • Dog Etiquette
  • Horse Sense
  • Flash Flooding
  • Ticks
  • 10 Essentials
  • Stay Safe on Your National Forests

Just for Kids

Young Outdoor Explorers

There are lots of great activities for kids on these links!  Click on the blue letters or the logos to visit those sites.

  • Play Games and learn about the forest at Smokey Kids or visit Smokey Bear for more resources
  • Audubon for Kids is a great site.  It has games, a state bird quiz and live web cam video of birds and owls up close and personal.  Lots of Fun!
  • Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks have great programs.
  • Dead trees supply life to the forest.  They provide homes and food for animals and birds.  They are like an Animal Inn.  Find the:  Animal Inn Activity Book!
  • Discover the Forest!  Where the Other You Lives!  Find a park of forest near you.  Download information,  listen to animal sounds and check out their tracks. 

Also Visit USDA For Kids for more sites on NatureWatch, Gardening, 4-H and More!

Parents and Teachers Resources

More information coming soon.

Additional sources for education resources and materials: 

There are sections devoted to education resources on the Smokey Bear site and USDA for Kids web sites.