Lesson Cornerstone Curriculum Content Standards: Science
Site Description Trails and Terrain
Wildlife Present On-Site Educational Programs
Seasons Access
Parking & Entrance to Site Google Earth Driving Directions Link
Group Size Limits Fees
Site Services Contact Information
For Additional Site & Lesson Plan Information

Lesson Cornerstone:

Plant identification

Curriculum Content Standards: Science

(3) Students, through the inquiry process, demonstrate knowledge of characteristics, structures and function of living things, the process and diversity of life, and how living organisms interact with each other and their environment.

Site Description:

Trees and plants from the palouse prairie habitats of western Montana have been planted in this beautiful and spacious setting at the edge of the Flathead Valley Community College campus.  The garden and arboretum were established in 1997 by members of the Flathead chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society.  The garden and arboretum are in full sun with no irrigation.FVCC Arboretum

Trails and Terrain:

There are flat walking trails around this seven acre arboretum.

Wildlife Present:

Wildlife is rarely seen at this site.

On-Site Educational Programs:

Tours of the arboretum for the public are the first Wednesday in June at 7 pm.  No interpreter is otherwise available.


Open while Flathead Valley Community College is in session.  Early June offers the best viewing.


The Flathead Valley Community College Arboretum is located behind the Blake Hall administrative building.

The site is ADA accessible.Limber Pine

Parking and Entrance to Site:

From Highway 93, turn onto Grandview Drive.  The arboretum and native plant garden are located behind the Blake Hall administrative building on the east side of the campus.
There is ample parking available approximately 100 feet from the garden and arboretum.

Google Earth Driving Directions:

Flathead Valley Community College Arboretum

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Flathead Valley Community College Arboretum 48.227739, -114.325965 Flathead Valley Community College Arboretum


Group size limits:




Site services:

No facilities on the arboretum site.

Contact Information:

Flathead Chapter of the Native Plant Society, 257-2540

For additional site and lesson plan information:

Montana Native Plant Society