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Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument
Release Date: 07/27/11
Contacts: Connie Jacobs (406) 622-4020    

Upper Missouri River Breaks Interpretive Center Plans Final "Family Day" of Summer

In recognition of its 5th anniversary, the Upper Missouri River Breaks Interpretive Center (located at 701 7th Street in Fort Benton) will host its final special event of the summer. On August 6, 2011, those visiting the Center will enjoy several opportunities to learn more about the region’s wildlife.

At 9:30 a.m. Arla Eckert, a member of the Great Falls Audubon Society, will conduct a presentation about the birds common to this area. A large variety of birds inhabit the Upper Missouri River region, including the Upper Missouri River Breaks. From small songbirds to mighty raptors, from shorebirds to waterfowl, various species call the Upper Missouri River area home. Included in Arla’s presentation will be a walk around the Center in search of different bird species. A discussion about the different species of butterflies will also be part of the outing, and will focus on the different varieties using the native plant garden found on-site. Binoculars are encouraged although some will be provided.

A "Rolling Rivers" interactive river display, created by the Department of Natural Resources, will also be on display during the day. Visitors can learn how river systems play a vital role on the landscape, for the benefit of wildlife, plants and people.

Additionally, the Center staff will have a variety of wildlife tracks and pelts on hand for visitors to explore and enjoy.

The public is encouraged to take the opportunity to view the special photography exhibit featuring the Bureau of Land Management’s National Landscape Conservation System. This temporary exhibit, featuring many unique landscapes in Montana and throughout the West, leaves the Center in mid-August, therefore the first few weeks of this month will be the final opportunity to enjoy this special exhibit.

The Center is open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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 River and Plains Society and the city of Fort Benton operates the Interpretive Center.

For more information on these activities or general information about the facility, call 406-622-4000 or visit the Center’s website: 

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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

Last updated: 06-28-2012