Montana Wild Education Center opened its doors to families on Sunday for the Howl-o-Ween Fun Fest.
Laurie Wolf, FWP Education Manager, explained, “What it is is an opportunity for kids to have a safe environment, to do a lot of Halloween activities, but also learn about our state’s fish and wildlife and have an opportunity to participate in some outdoor recreation as well.”
There was a variety of games and activities for all ages. There was also a costume exchange, where kids could pick out a new costume for free.
Anne Wootan attended the event with her kids Liam and Nora; Anne said, “I think they really enjoyed seeing all the big animals inside, like the bears. And then outside they got to do some of the different games like fishing. I think he really enjoyed that.”
In previous years, this event was hosted by the Children’s Trust Fund. But they weren’t able to do it this year, so Montana WILD and other partners took over.
Organizers say Montana Wild’s goal is to remove barriers for kids to connect with the outdoors.
They say holding the Fun Fest gave them a chance to showcase what they have to offer.
“We are a free resource for families here in Helena, and so we thought this would be a great way to introduce those families who have not been here before to Montana Wild.”
“I thought it was really nice. I was surprised at how much they had, and I know that we’ll probably be back again next year.”
- Reported by Jonathon Ambarian