The University of Montana Wildlife Society hosted the third annual Wildlife Extravaganza on Saturday, and hundreds of Missoulian's turned out to experience nature up-close.
This year boasted the largest attendance ever with one special part of the day bring the live animal presentation where some kids even got to pet a chinchilla.
Local non-profits also teamed up to offer even more learning opportunities. One of the extravaganza coordinators said the event is a unique opportunity for people to appreciate and learn about the environment.
"Doing these games and having the live presentations and having kids walk around, making things and creating things and look at things really helps them with that critical thinking, with that self reflection because they are actually feeling it. They are not just reading about it in a book," said Jenah Mead, with UM Wildlife Society Education Outreach.
This marked the first year the event has been held at the Montana Natural History Center, and over 300 people attended the event.