Wilderness Walks begin this weekend, run through summer across Montana

Hikers climb up the steep trail along Upper Layout Creek in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. 

BRETT FRENCH, Billings Gazette

Wild Montana will offer 68 volunteer-led Wilderness Walks across Montana this summer.

These free educational outings include a number of family-friendly adventures and educational opportunities, including how to identify plants, flowers, birds and stars, as well as how to write about and draw nature.

“Wilderness Walks provide the opportunity to connect with nature and meet new people, all while learning a bit along the way,” said Sonny Mazzullo, Wild Montana’s education manager.

Wilderness Walks participants discover the joys of birding at Spring Meadow Lake in Helena. 

Sarah Ryan, Wild Montana

“Whether you’re learning the name of a wildflower, meeting a new adventure buddy, or hearing the history of conservation efforts in the landscape, every walk is a chance to grow.”

The Wilderness Walks season begins on May 14 with a steep 4.4-mile hike along Upper Layout Creek in the Pryor Mountains south

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