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OUR STORY

The Gallatin CD first started dreaming about developing the Education and Outreach Center (EOC) in 2010.  The first step was to find an office space and available lot to make the dream a reality.  After looking at several lots throughout the Gallatin Valley we decided to look closer to the Manhattan area since the greater part of the agriculture community is to the West of the valley and much of the development is more towards the Bozeman area.

The EOC started out as a gravel lot covered in weeds.  It had been an old bowling ally that many of our supervisors remembered using when they were kids.  We thought it was the perfect opportunity to take the space and turn it into something beautiful!

It was built with many helpful hands and a huge support system from the community.  The estimated total cost of the project was $125,000.  We applied for and received help from several grants that helped cover some of the costs towards the project.  However, we could have never done it without the help of volunteers, supervisors, community members, and vendors who stepped up to donate time, materials, and labor.

In 2014, the EOC was recognized by the National Association of Conservation Districts and received the Presidents Award which notices an individual or organization that has been especially dedicated to advancing conservation.

OUR PROGRAMS

Summer Stewards

Get your kids outside and inspired by nature through our free education series held every summer!

Become a Summer Steward and attend any classes help in our 11 week summer education series that is open to all ages.  We target our classes towards the fourth grade level and teach through science-based learning, interactive games, and appreciation for Montana’s resources.

The classes include all sorts of topics on conservation from rivers to forests to agriculture, we teach it all!  Choose any or all of the classes that interest you and show up ready to have fun!

Visit our Summer Stewards page to see this year’s topics, times, and dates.

Events & Workshops

“Knowledge is Power.”

The Conservation District hosts a variety of conservation, science, and social based workshops and events throughout the year.

Adult workshops are held quarterly.  Topics vary depending on the time of year and what is going on in the world.

Visit our Calendar to see what is happening next!

E & O On the Road

We Offer a variety of interactive classes for Montana Schools and Events!

The Gallatin Conservation District is equipped to take all of our classes on the road!  Whether you are hosting an informative event and would like a fun filled booth or if you are looking for a professional to teach on a topic of conservation, we are ready!

Each year, we take E&O on the road to several events including Gallatin Valley Schools, Watershed Education Days, Farm Fair, Farmer’s Markets, and more!  Check in with us to learn about how we can help you.

OUR GARDEN

GO NATIVE

GO NATIVE

Our demonstration garden hosts all native plants which are best adapted to the local growing season, climate, and soils. They also provide shelter and food for wildlife and support pollinators!

THINK WATERWISE

THINK WATERWISE

The Gallatin Valley only receives an average of 15″ of rainfall a year. Our xeriscape garden is full of shrubs, grasses and flowers that are beautiful and require little to no watering!

BEE FRIENDLY

BEE FRIENDLY

Come see our native pollinator habitat complete with bee and bug hotels! Pollinators are vital to the production of food, without them the world would be hungrier and a lot less beautiful!

GET INVOLVED

VOLUNTEER

VOLUNTEER

We have plenty of volunteer opportunities available throughout the Spring and Summer.  Everything from garden upkeep to teaching youth about conservation!  Contact GCD staff for more info!

COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY

We are strong supporters of our Manhattan community, Greater Gallatin Valley, and the state of Montana.  We encourage everyone to be a larger part of the community and conservation district world by participating in your local CD’s and all they have to offer!  Come say hi!

Thank You to our Very Generous Donors

Manhattan Bank
Stockman Bank

Aquatech Inc.
Big Sky Watershed Corps
Bridger Plan Materials Center
Crop Production Services
DNRC Montana State Nursery
Earth Systems Compost
Gallatin County Master Gardeners
Gallatin CD Supervisors

MT Department of Natural
Resources & Conservation

Gallatin County Weed District
H&E Equipment
Holland Concrete Construction
Kanta Projects
Knife River
Kredit Electric
The Manhattan Community

National Association of
Conservation Districts

Montana Conservation Corps
Montana Native Plant Society
Montana State University Extention
MSU Water Quality & Horticulture Depts
Oasis Montana
Raven Electric
RESPEC
Schutter Farms

National Conservation
Foundation

Spring Creek Farms
Springhill Sod
StoneTek
Town of Manhattan
USDA Natural Resource Conservation
Service
Val Mencas Excavation
Western Pines
Westscape Nursery

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