The Family Forestry Expo is an annual, week long event that offers hands-on exposure to the role forests play in our everyday lives. The yearly event takes place through the dedicated involvement of over 20 diverse organizations such as local service clubs, forest industry, government natural resource agencies, conservation groups, professional societies, local businesses, many interested individuals and numerous local donations.
Come spend the day or a few hours and explore how the different parts of a forest are connected to make up a dynamic living system; and how people and all parts of the environment are dependent on one another. Natural resource managers and specialists are on site to provide information on a wide-range of forestry and forest management topics.
This year the Family Forestry Expo is scheduled for May 2 through May 7 with the theme of “Forests-Landscapes of Many Uses.” The fifth grade student portion of the event is held May 2 through May 6. On Saturday, May 7 families are invited to share in expo activities from 9am to 3pm at the Trumbull Creek Educational Forest, located about two miles north of the junction of US Highway 2 and Montana Highway 40, just west of Columbia Falls, Montana.
Last year, over 1,000 fifth grade students attended the Monday through Friday portion of Expo and about 800 adults and families attended the weekend event. The weekday program includes a wide range of topics including archeology, fisheries, plant identification, forest management, wildlife, riparian areas, low impact camping, fire, mill tour and ‘tread lightly’ mountain bike demonstration. See the fifth grade tour activities here.
On the weekend families enjoy a ‘free loggers lunch’ from 11am to 1pm, grandstand shows at 10:30am and 1:30pm that include logging equipment demonstrations, Forest Service mule packing demonstration and Flathead Valley Community College Logger Sports Team demo; plus there are exhibits and educational stations along a forest path. Plan your Saturday with this walking tour map.