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Layla Dunlap shows participants murder hornets from Washington during the Friday Summer Speaker Series at the Lewis and Clark Caverns campground amphitheater July 31. PHOTO BY HANNAH KEARSE

Friday Summer Speaker Series

Lewis and Clark Cavers State Park

Each summer the Lewis and Clark Caverns offers a free speaker series on Friday evenings.

The moon was nearly full as it peeked over the Tobacco Root Mountains at the Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park campground amphitheater July 31. Montana Department of Agriculture’s entomologist, Alyssa Piccolomini, and commodity services bureau chief, Layla Dunlap, spoke to the audience about planting native plants for pollinators.

“It’s getting people to talk about their passions and that’s always fun,” AmeriCorps member at the Lewis and Clark Caverns Emily Dickerson said.

The Friday Summer Speaker Series invites environmental and wildlife specialists to talk about their expertise with an engaging audience. The COVID-19 pandemic caused the first two speakers of the series to be on Zoom. But the online platform did well for the park and opened the series to another audience. Dickerson said that the park is considering incorporating an online presence for the series in the future.

The Lewis and Clark Caverns is hosting its Bat Week Aug. 8 – 15. The Friday Summer Speaker Series Aug. 14 will be all about bats. The summer event ends in August but will return for its finale, a star gazing event Sept. 17.

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