U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Missouri River Breaks Interpretive Center
The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument Interpretive Center, at 701 7th Street in Fort Benton, will host a series of events this summer in commemoration of its fifth year of operation.
May 28 through August 13: Special photo exhibit featuring unique places in Montana and throughout the West, including the Upper Missouri River Breaks
June 25: Fort Benton’s Summer Celebration
9:30 a.m., Award-winning Montana author Dorothy Patent will present a special children’s program about native wildlife. Special activities and a walk along the river trail will be included.
1 p.m.: Montana musician and storyteller Jack Gladstone will perform. Gladstone, a member of the Blackfeet tribe, relates tales from the tribe as well as pieces of Fort Benton history.
4 p.m.: Dorothy Patent will conduct a native plant and wildlife presentation geared toward adults, teachers and writers. At 5 p.m. her husband, Greg, a noted cookbook author, will give a presentation on homestead cooking.
June 26, 11 a.m.: Jim Evans, Executive Director of the Nez Perce Trail Foundation, will talk about the Nez Perce National Historic Trail. In 1877, the Nez Perce, under the guidance of Chief Joseph, traveled through the Missouri River Breaks area as they attempted to flee to Canada with the American Army in pursuit.
August 6--Family Day: Great Falls resident and Audubon member Arla Erkert will teach about birds and butterflies through children’s activities and a walk along the river trail. Additionally, a special water exhibit will focus on Montana’s watersheds. Other special family-oriented events are planned throughout the day as well.
The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument Interpretive Center opened its doors in 2006. The Center’s on-site exhibits highlight the area’s natural and cultural history, helping visitors experience the region’s many cultural stories, from Native Americans and explorers to trappers and steamboat captains. Displays of native wildlife, including mammals, prehistoric fish, and indigenous songbirds, also highlight a visitor’s experience. Center guests can step into a reproduction of a steamboat pilothouse, view and touch wildlife displays, and enjoy the magnificent Missouri River from the steamboat-shaped patio. A lovely, short riverside trail allows visitors an easy, delightful walk near the Mighty Mo, for relaxing and wildlife watching. An on-site bookstore is available as well. The BLM, in partnership with the Fort Benton River and Plains Society, operates the Interpretive Center.
For more information on the Center’s summer anniversary activities or general information, visit the facility’s website: http://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/lewistown_field_office/umrbnm/interpcenter.html
or call 406-622-4000.