Although no organized field trips are scheduled during this Workshop, there are a number of opportunities available locally that participants may wish to take advantage of on the day following the workshop (or spouses during the workshop). If you are interested in these, schedule your trip to and from Missoula accordingly. Information on these and possibly other trips will be distributed during the workshop as will signups forms for trips for which local people can provide some transportation. On the Friday after the workshop (March 23), local people will be available to lead some of these trips and will provide transportation on a first-come first-available basis. People can also caravan in their own vehicles on these trips.
- Up the beautiful Blackfoot River with Dr. Seth Wilson of the Blackfoot Challenge and People and Carnivores. Purpose of trip is to examine composting facility for roadkill and dead livestock. Facility is designed to reduce attractants to bears. Some transportation will be provided on Friday Morning on a signup basis. Trip will be finished by approximately 1:00 on Friday.
- Downhill skiing at Snowbowl (Missoula), Big Mountain (near Whitefish), Lost Trail (on Idaho border near Hamilton MT), Discovery (near Phillipsburg with famous candy shop) or cross country skiing at many available places including Pattee Canyon in Missoula, Lubrick Forest (about 30 minutes from Missoula), Lolo Pass (about 40 minutes from Missoula with nearby hot springs), and upper Rattlesnake (not groomed, adjacent to Missoula).
- The National Bison Range is a great place to visit (on your own) to view wildlife and is about 1 hour from Missoula (http://www.fws.gov/bisonrange/nbr/Aboutus.htm). The circle route may not be available to drive in late March.
- Quinn Hot Springs (lodging available and great restaurant about an hour from Missoula on Hwy. 200 north of St. Regis). Other hot springs include Lolo Pass (with cross-country skiing) and Lost Trail Pass (also with downhill skiing), Fairmont (with good hotel and restaurant near Discovery ski area).
- Visit Flathead Lake about an hour from Missoula and view the magnificent Mission Mountains enroute (on your own). This is the largest freshwater lake in the US west of the Mississippi.
- Missoula is one of the few places within a short drive from a designated Wilderness Area (the Rattlesnake).
- Missoula is also a haven for artists with numerous galleries within walking distance of the workshop venue.