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Learn about ways to add native greenery to your home and community spaces!

Check out opportunities below to learn about how you can help our Earth through landscape and gardening.

 

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Planting Native Species for Remediation

Join Dr. Robert Pal from Montana Tech’s Restoration Ecology program for an afternoon of learning about and planting indigenous species in a remediated area. Volunteers are welcome. This event is happening on Saturday, April 30, time TBA. Location will be announced soon.

Park Street Community Garden

Uses sustainable gardening techniques, you can get on the waitlist for a plot, gardeners collectively donate 5-10 lbs of produce every week to the Butte Food Bank. Contact Shari Curtis at the library, 406-723-3361, for more information.

Butte Public Library Seed Library

The Butte Seed Library strives to preserve biodiversity and to promote local varieties of plants. The Seed Library allows you to “check out” a packet of seeds, grow your own vegetables or flowers, save seeds from the best plants, and then lend them to a friend or neighbor, return them to the library or use them yourself next year. Started in 2015, the Butte Seed Library is intended to hold seeds that are suited to our microclimates here in Butte and have proven to do well. Instead of buying commercial seeds, please consider borrowing and returning Butte-specific seeds. All you need is a library card! Download a Seed Library flier. Contact Shari Curtis at the library, 406-723-3361, for more information.

NCAT Sustainable Gardening Prep Series

NCAT is proud to offer these no cost trainings to the public to promote sustainable and effective gardening practices. Topics will include soil prep, composting and more. You can attend one, several or all five workshops. Dress for the outdoors. The first workshop is Saturday, May 21 from Noon-2 PM. Download the full workshop schedule. Contact John Wallace for more information at johnw@NCAT.org

Arbor Day Celebration

Join the new Butte Arborist Trevor Peterson to celebrate Arbor Day on April 29th at the Front Street Station. Smokey the Bear will be there and every kid will get to go home with a free tree (while supplies last!). Trevor will also do a tree planting demonstration at the end of May. Follow his Facebook page at Butte-Silver Bow Arborist  for wonderful informative tips on tree selection, planting and care and related topics like pollinator hotels.

Identify and Eradicate Invasive Noxious Weeds

If you see them, pull them. Currently, 9% of Montana’s land area is covered with noxious weeds, which threaten native species and economic prosperity on our lands.

Learn to identify Montana’s common noxious weeds, including spotted knapweed, common yellow toadflax and oxeye daisy, at the MSU Extension Noxious Weeds site.