National Conservation Legacy & Education Center

Creating a state-of-the-art showcase for Forest Service history
The National Museum of Forest Service History’s goal is to have a physical, interactive museum the public can visit to learn about the Forest Service, its people and its legacy. Preparations for constructing the National Conservation Legacy and Education Center are underway in Missoula, Montana. Help us reach our goal!

Leave a Lasting Legacy


FURTHER OUR MISSION BY PLEDGING YOUR SUPPORT TO THE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

Once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to name the physical spaces within the new National Conservation Legacy and Education Center.

These naming opportunities are offered in grateful recognition of leadership gifts from the Museum’s most generous supporters. There are several opportunities to honor your family or business name, honor or memorialize an individual, or to associate your foundation, corporation, or partnership with the history of America’s Conservation Legacy.

Additional exhibit sponsorships opportunities are also available.

The Center

This incredibly diverse space is uniquely suited to our mission to Share the Rich History and Stories of America’s Conservation Legacy. Our interactive, world class exhibits will inspire visitors to explore America’s conservation history through hands-on learning experiences. A tremendous opportunity for your name to be attached to the Center which will be a prominent landmark in the community.

Total Opportunities: 1
Required Contribution: $5,000,000

Grand Lobby

Tall timbers tell stories in the Grand Lobby with wood timbers featured from across the nation. The lobby’s construction will use 24 different wood species for support posts. Visitors will learn how these different tree species played a role in the development of the Unites States.

Total Opportunities: 1
Required Contribution: $2,000,000

Entrance Plaza

One seldom forgets their first impression of a place and this is where we’ll begin to shape that image for visitors to our Center. Large enough to serve as a staging area for arriving school and other groups, this space
not only welcomes but also invites the curious visitor to see what lies beyond.

Total Opportunities: 1
Required Contribution: $1,000,000

Main Exhibit Gallery

The Main Exhibit Gallery is the heart of the visitor experience. The Gallery will feature world class interactive and participatory exhibits. Exhibits will honor, educate and inspire our audience and will be exchanged
regularly to maintain relevancy and interest.

Total Opportunities: 1
Required Contribution: $1,000,000

Collections Repository

The Center will provide a permanent, state-of-the-art repository to safely house our permanent collection of artifacts, including documents, photographs, objects and art works.

Total Opportunities: 1
Required Contribution: $500,000

Conservation Learning Lab

This multi-purpose room located on the lower level of the Center will serve primarily as a room to inspire learning, featuring state-of-the-art technology and teaching tools. This space will also serve as a meeting room.

Total Opportunities: 1
Required Contribution: $500,000

Reflections Walkway

This beautifully landscaped, tree lined walkway will honor the contributions of individuals who have made a difference by contributing to America’s Conservation Legacy. Located next to the Conservation Legacy and Education Center, the Reflections Walkway will also allow for processions to honor events and individuals.

Total Opportunities: 1
Required Contribution: $500,000

Research Library & Special Collections

The Library will support the work of the Museum’s staff, scholars and researchers from around the world, as well as interested members of the general public. The Library’s holdings are comprised of a research collection, special collections, and digital collections.

Total Opportunities: 1
Required Contribution: $250,000

Oral History Collection & Interview Room

This room is dedicated to collecting oral history interviews for the Museum’s collection. This room will feature leading edge video and audio recording technology for the production of the highest possible quality interviews.

Total Opportunities: 1
Required Contribution: $100,000

Gold LEED Certification

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is designed to reduce negative environmental impacts and increase cost savings through efficient energy and water use. Underwriting the costs to gain Gold LEED Certification for the Center will provide energy and cost savings to the Center in perpetuity.

Total Opportunities:1
Required Contribution: $100,000

Endowed Executive Positions

Named Endowment Funds in support of key staff positions will ensure we continue to attract and retain the best leadership and talent in the history museum field. Named, endowed position funds are invested in perpetuity. The Museum will dedicate the fund earnings to support the work associated with the positions.

Total Opportunities: 4
Required Contribution: $100,000

Forest Discovery Trail

The Forest Discovery Trail offers interactive outdoor learning experiences focusing on America’s conservation history. Self guided tours and educational activities for individuals, classes and families are offered free of charge.

Total Opportunities: 1
Required Contribution: $25,000

We’ll be happy to discuss these and other customized naming designations.
For more information, please contact our office at 406.541.6374

Green Building Design


The National Conservation Legacy & Education Center is designed to welcome more than 100,000 visitors a year. The 30,000 square foot building features a lookout tower rising 46 feet above the lobby, a main floor with exhibit galleries and a theater, and a lower level to manage our collections and provide resources and classrooms for researchers, school groups, meetings and more.

The entire structure was designed with conservation in mind, and will use green building practices to keep a minimal footprint. Energy efficient design, using recycled and low-emission materials, reducing construction waste, and efficient plumbing systems are just a few examples. The design features abundant natural light and The roof will reflect summer heat. Habitat and open space will be protected and restored on the Center’s grounds.

The Missoula Campus


While we work on our goal to build the National Conservation Legacy & Education Center, you can explore these locations on our Missoula, MT campus.

Nearby Attractions

The NMFSH’s neighbors are the Missoula International Airport, the Smokejumper Visitor Center, USFS Fire Sciences Laboratory, and Museum of Mountain Flying. Please be sure to visit them when you make plans to explore the National Conservation Legacy & Education Center!

You Can Help!


The NMFSH has prepared the National Conservation Legacy & Education Center site for construction, developed the architectural plans, and envisioned the exhibits and programs. Now it’s time to build. We estimate about $10.6 million is needed to construct the National Conservation Legacy and Education Center and create the exhibits and theater presentations.
  • Fundraising Goal 43% 43%

Goal: $10,583,223

Goal: $10,583,223 
Raised: $4,570,792

Raised: $4,570,792

With new matching grant opportunities, every dollar donated can attract $3 in public support, $2 in foundation grants and $1 in corporate contributions. That’s $6 for every $1 you contribute. Your support can make a big difference! Help us build the NCLE Center and preserve the Forest Service legacy.

Thanks to Our Funding Partners


Aero Tech, Inc.
Air Tractor
Estate of Richard B. Anderson
Aspen Skiing Company Family Fund
Beaudette Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Bell Helicopter
Ben Meadows Company
Bibb Engineers Architects & Constructors
Big Sky Mobile Catering
Bitterroot Trails, LLC
Boone and Crockett Club
Buck Knives
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation
CBP Port of Roosville
Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation
Devon Energy Corporation
DJ&A, P.C. Consulting Engineers
Eastern Forest Service Retiree Association
Emerald Chapter SAF
The Charles Engelhard Foundation
ESRI
Firewise 2000, Inc.
Forest History Society
Forest Service Reunion 2009 & 2012
Forest Stewardship Concepts
Forestry Suppliers, Inc.
Friends of Smokey Bear Balloon
Great Northern Midstream
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Kiewit Power Engineers
Lambda Bioremediation Systems
Los Compadres Retirees Group
Martin J. Lauridson Jr. Trust
Minuteman Aviation Inc.
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oreg., Ltd
National Ski Areas Association
National Smokejumper Association
National Wild Turkey Federation
Northern Rocky Mountain Retirees Association
N.P.I., Inc.
The Ohrstrom Family
George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Foundation
Oregon Society of American Foresters
OZ Architects
Pacific Northwest Forest Service Association “OldSmokeys”
Pacific Southwest FSX Club
The Pack Shack, Inc
Perkins Coie Charitable Foundation
Phos-Chek
Rainier Seeds, Inc.
Raley’s Forestry & Wildfire Management
Robwen, Inc.
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Rocky Mountain Forest Service Reunion Association
Royal Gold, Inc.
Safe Fire Program, Inc.
Sentinal Orchards
Sierra Pacific Airlines, Inc.
Ski Apache
Snowbird Corporation
Snowbird Renaissance Center
Southern Forest Service Retirees Association
Stillwater Mining Company
Max & Betty Swanson Foundation
Union Pacific Foundation
US Forest Service
Waterous Company
Western Heritage Company
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Wildfire Environmental, USA, Inc.
Wildfire Group
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