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MSU and MOSS offer birding, geology and mammal courses for adults

August 6, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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Montana State University's Extended University is partnering with the Montana Outdoor Science School to offer several outdoor science skills classes for adults. These hands-on courses are designed for adults who enjoy outdoor activities and want to improve their outdoor science knowledge.

Fall 2015 courses are grouped into three series: birding, geology and mammals, each of which includes hands-on classes at MSU as well as outdoor field days. People can choose any or all of the three courses in each series. Participants who enroll in at least one class are eligible to enroll in the field day that culminates that series.

The classes take place Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the MSU campus. Field days are on Saturdays, locations to be announced.

The birding series begins Sept. 16 and helps students learn tools and techniques for identifying birds in the field. The courses are appropriate for both new and experienced birders. The series includes bird physiology on Sept. 16, bird behavior on Sept. 23 and bird identification on Sept. 30. The birding field day is Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The geology series focuses on the rock cycle, major rock types and geologic features as a primer for being able to identify rock types in the outdoors. The series includes rock types on Oct. 7, rock forming minerals on Oct. 14 and geologic features on Oct. 21. The geology series field day is Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The mammal series will help students identify local fauna--both predator and prey--while on the trail, and includes access to animal skulls, pelts and scat. Skulls will be on Nov. 4, tracks on Nov. 11 and scat and signs on Nov. 18. The mammal series field day is Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Experienced outdoor skills instructors from MOSS will lead all courses, which are limited to 15 participants per class for maximum hands-on interaction with instructors. Each course in the series is $35; field days are $18.

View and register for the courses at For more information or to sign up for regular email announcements, contact Nicole Soll with MSU Extended University at or (406) 994-6633. 

Contact: Nicole Soll, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-6633 or