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.
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.
Thank You to our Very Generous Donors
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
Holland Concrete Construction
The Manhattan Community
National Association of
Montana Conservation Corps
Montana Native Plant Society
Montana State University Extention
MSU Water Quality & Horticulture Depts
Spring Creek Farms
Town of Manhattan
USDA Natural Resource Conservation
Val Mencas Excavation