Workshops for Sustainable Living

Since 1981, MUD workshops have provided Missoulians with hands-on experiences in self-reliance. Our workshops teach topics that help you live lighter on the land and lighter on your budget. Past topics include Small Engine Repair, Basic Auto Mechanics, Beer Brewing, Cheese Making, Alternative Energy, Tiling, a Start-to-Finish Gardening Series, and much more! Ranging in skill level from introductory to highly skilled, our workshops pair you with local experts who demonstrate skills and empower you to master them yourself.

Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available for all MUD workshops. Fill out the application here and a staff member will follow up with details to register for the workshop.

Upcoming Workshops

Soil Health Workshop – May 2nd 10 am – 12 pm

Soil Science Simplified: Learn how to characterize your soil with simple techniques anyone can do with practice. You will be able to determine water and nutrient holding capacity, nutrient status, soil aeration characteristics and more. The workshop will also cover soil improvement techniques. Bring ½ gallon of soil from your yard or garden to work with.

This workshop will be held outdoors at MUD. Attendance is limited to 8 and masks are required. Tickets are $20 for MUD members and $40 for nonmembers. Purchase tickets here!

Pallet Sign Workshop – May 15th 10 am – 3 pm

Join us to make your own upcycled Montana-shaped pallet sign. This is a great workshop for people who are new to using tools or want to practice their tool skills in a supportive environment.

The workshop will run from 10 am – 3 pm with an hour lunch break so the stain for the signs can dry. Participants can also customize their signs with a painted phrase or design.

This workshop will be held outdoors at MUD. Attendance is limited to 10 and masks are required. Tickets are $30 for MUD members and $60 for nonmembers. Purchase tickets here!

Cat Tower Workshop – May 22nd 9 am – 3 pm

Come build a cat tower for your feline friend! MUD will provide everything you need to build a two-level cat tower complete with scratching rope and cozy carpet. This workshop is open to all skill levels – no previous building or woodworking experience necessary!

The workshop will run from 9 am – 3 pm with a half hour lunch break. Participants will be asked to practice social distancing and wear a mask during the workshop. Tickets are $50 for MUD members and $100 for nonmembers Purchase tickets here!

Coming Prepared

  • Dress appropriately.
    • Most workshops take place outdoors regardless of rain, snow, or heat. Please wear/bring appropriate layers, sun protection, and water.
    • You may be working with some serious tools that can catch loose objects! Wear comfortable and well fitted clothing, close-toed shoes, tie back your hair, and be prepared to get a little dirty.
  • Come a little early. Some classes can’t start until everyone gets here.
  • You must be 18 years or older to attend without a guardian or parent present.
  • We’ll provide tools and protective equipment to keep you safe. Some classes may require your own materials to complete the project. Contact us if you have any questions on what to bring for a workshop.

Refund Policy

We know that sometimes life comes up and plans change. If you can’t make a workshop, please let us know as soon as possible. The earlier we know you can’t make the class, the better the chance we can fill your spot, ensuring that 1) instructors, MUD, and our partners are compensated appropriately for their time and effort, and 2) other people interested in the class have the opportunity to participate. With that in mind, our policy is as follows:

From purchase until 1 week before the workshop: full refund
1 week to 48 hours before the workshop: 50% refund
48 hours to workshop start: Sorry, no refund!**

**Your tickets are transferable at any time! If you have a friend who would like to attend the workshop in your place, you can pass your ticket on to them for free. Just send us their contact info to let us know.

We rarely cancel workshops but sometimes it is necessary due to extreme weather, instructor concerns, or low workshops signups. If MUD cancels a workshop, we will give participants the option to either attend a different workshop or receive a full refund.