There is a hidden gem in the Magic City that many people are not aware of. I discovered it a couple of weeks ago when I was on my way to Riverfront Park for a bike ride.

I am talking about the Audubon Center on South Billings Boulevard. The Center sits in the heart of the Yellowstone River basin and is a partnership between the Yellowstone River Parks Association, Yellowstone Audubon Society and the Montana Audubon. The 27 acre area used to be a gravel mine until 1998.

Besides walking the grounds there are several programs that the Center sponsors through the year. There are educational nights for the kids on Fridays, a big Earth day celebration, involvement in school programs, workshops and rentals for weddings, birthdays and other events.

It really is a hidden treasure that you have to explore. The  Audubon Center includes three ponds for exploring, and a trail system that will take you to Norm’s Island and along the growing greenbelt area on the river.

For more information and to check out all the events going on at the Audubon center check out their web site. Or better yet, just head over to South Billings Boulevard and discover what I did…a world of nature just a few miles from downtown.

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