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Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument
Release Date: 04/11/11
Contacts: Connie Jacobs (406) 622-4020    

Missouri River Breaks Interpretive Center Plans 5th Anniversary Celebration

The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument Interpretive Center (701 7th Street in Fort Benton, Montana) plans to host a series of events this summer in commemoration of its 5th year of operation. 

Beginning Memorial Day weekend (Saturday, May 28) and running through Saturday, August 13, Center visitors can view several components the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System through the lens of photographers in a special exhibit featuring many unique places in Montana and throughout the West. Created in 2010, by the staff at the National Historic Trails Center in Casper, Wyoming, the exhibit features BLM landscapes not often photographed, including Paria Canyon in the Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area of Utah. Other photos in the exhibit showcase wildlife and geological features found in Montana’s Upper Missouri River Breaks.
On Saturday, June 25, the Center joins Fort Benton residents and businesses as the community hosts its annual Summer Celebration. At 9:30 a.m. Montana author Dorothy Patent will present a special children’s program about native wildlife. Included in her presentation will be special activities and a walk along the river trail. 
Montana musician and storyteller Jack Gladstone performs at the Center at 1 p.m., entertaining everyone with his tales about local history and Native American stories. Gladstone, a member of the Blackfeet tribe, relates tales from the tribe as well as pieces of Fort Benton history. Gladstone, noted by Montana Governor Brian Schwietzer as “Montana’s Blackfeet troubadour,” travels the country showcasing his native roots and musical talents.
At 4 p.m. Patent returns to the Center to conduct a native plant and wildlife presentation geared toward adults, teachers and writers who will enjoy learning from this award-winning author. At 5 p.m. her husband Greg, a noted cookbook author, will give a presentation on homestead cooking. 
On Sunday, June 26 at 11 a.m., visitors to the Center will learn about the Nez Perce National Historic Trail from Jim Evans, Executive Director of the Nez Perce Trail Foundation. 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.
On Saturday, August 6, the Center hosts Family Day with a variety of activities. Great Falls resident and Audubon member Arla Erkert will conduct a presentation about birds and butterflies. Children’s activities and a walk along the river trail to discover some of the native birds and butterflies will be part of the 1 ½ hour session. Additionally, a special water exhibit will be on hand from which families can learn more about 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 Bureau of Land Management, 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:
or call 406-622-4000.

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Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument   701 7th Street      Fort Benton, MT 59442  

Last updated: 06-28-2012