It’s National Trails Day!
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: June 6, 2020

Flathead Lake 

Montana State Parks invites you to Flathead Lake State Park- Wayfarers to celebrate National Trails Day with a 1 ½ hour trail walk during peak blooming season. People of all ages are welcome to come learn about the native flowers, when they bloom and where they grow. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Be prepared for rain and wear sturdy, active shoes. Bring a water bottle and small snack. Space is limited for social distancing and advanced registration is required. Masks are not required; recommended for those who may feel more comfortable wearing one.

What:  Spring Has Sprung Guided Hike

When:  Saturday, June 6, 2020; 10-11:30 AM

Where: Flathead Lake State Park- Wayfarers, 8600 Mt. Hwy 35, Bigfork, MT 59911, Harry Horn Day Use Area

Flathead Lake State Park consists of six unique park units located around Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. The park units on the east side are Wayfarers, Yellow Bay and Finley Point and the west side units are West Shore, Big Arm and Wild Horse Island. In addition to boating, swimming and fishing, each park unit offers unique experiences including camping, rental picnic shelters, group camping, hiking, sightseeing, picnicking, and wildlife viewing opportunities.

WHITEHALL-

 Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) and Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park will host two interpretive programs during the weekend of June 6.

Join us for the free online event “Earthquakes and Faults of Montana” on Friday, June 5 at 8pm via Zoom.

 

Join Mike Stickney as he discusses the unique underground activity patterns of big sky country. Montana is a seismically active state with a long history of damaging earthquakes. The state’s largest and most destructive earthquakes occurred more than 60 years ago. Ongoing small- to moderate-magnitude earthquakes and about 80 recognized potentially active faults in Montana indicate that the potential for significant future earthquakes is very real.

This is the third presentation in Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park’s annual Friday Summer Speakers Series, which will continue each Friday at 8:00 PM throughout the summer.

This online event will take place using Zoom Meetings. Participants will join in by clicking on the Zoom link on the “Earthquakes & Faults of Montana” Facebook event post on Lewis and Clark Caverns’ Facebook page (@LewisandClarkCaverns) or by contacting emily.dickerson@mt.gov

Mike Stickney operates the Montana Regional Seismic Network for the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, where he has worked for the past 40 years studying earthquakes, active faults, and seismic hazards. As a student at the University of Montana, Mike worked in the Earthquake Research Lab and as a graduate student, spent two summers working at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Office of Earthquake Studies in Menlo Park, CA.

What: “Earthquakes & Faults of Montana” with Mike Stickney

When: Friday, June 5, from 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: Via Zoom Meeting

On Saturday, June 6 from 4pm to 6pm, join Park Ranger Julia Smit in the campground for an informal, drop-in program.

Check out samples of cave formations at a booth near the campground kiosk, where you can get an up-close look at how these fantastical rocks grow. Learn more about how the dramatic decorations form inside the cave, taking an inside look at the chemistry of crystals.

Stop to chat for a minute or as long as you like, whether you’re camping, enjoying the park’s 10 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, or just passing through. Just remember to maintain six feet of social distance between staff members and other visitors.

What: Cave Formations in a New light

When: Saturday, June 6, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Where: Lewis & Clark Caverns Campground

For more information about these or other events at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, call (406) 287-3541.

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, 25 Lewis & Clark Caverns Rd, Whitehall, MT

http://stateparks.mt.gov/lewis-and-clark-caverns/

From the exit 274 on I-90, we are 13 miles south on Highway 287 and 5 miles west on MT 2.

From the Cardwell exit 256 on I-90 we are 7 miles east along MT 2.