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Hayride-Philosophy Walk: Philosophy by Moonlight

September 18 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT

Hayride-Walk Details

Enjoy an evening of storytelling, conversation, philosophy, and community beneath the stars with MT Poet Laureate Lowell Jaeger.  More details coming soon…

When & Where

This walk led by Montana Poet Laureate Lowell Jaeger will take place on Saturday, September 18th 2021 on Merlin Nature Preserve.  Due to hayride & preserve logistics, space is limited and registration is required.

Walk Details

Date: Saturday, September 18th
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm MT
Location: Merlin Nature Preserve (See Directions Below)


Registration Info

RSVP: Coming Soon…
Cost: Free (Donations Welcome)
Other:  Bring comfortable walking shoes, a coat, water & a snack

Discussion Guide

Lowell Jaeger, is the founding editor of Many Voices Press and the seventh Poet Laureate of the State of Montana (2017-2019).  His goal is to bring a deeper knowledge of and appreciation for poetry to Montanans.

He teaches creative writing at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize, and recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council. 

In Montana, he leads discussions with AmeriCorp and VISTA volunteers serving Montana Conservation Corps and Montana Campus Corps, as well as Humanities Montana.

In addition to a way with words…he is a wonderful silversmith who creates beautiful jewelry.

Directions to Merlin Nature Preserve

Directions to Merlin Nature Preserve:  Our group will meeting in the Silver City Saloon parking lot located at 6042 Lincoln Road West.  From there we will take a hayride to Merlin Nature Preserve (approx. 3.5 miles from the SCS parking lot).  To reach the Silver City Saloon parking lot from Helena, take either the 15, N. Montana Ave. or Green Meadow Drive to Lincoln Rd.  Turn left onto Lincoln Road & head west (toward Marysville/Canyon Creek).  Drive roughly 6.5 miles.  Silver City Saloon will be on your right hand side.  Click here for google maps directions. For walks on the preserve, please plan on arriving approx. 15 minutes before hike/walk start time. For more information about the meandering, please contact our executive director & philosophy walk guide (Marisa) at #406-439-5788 or e-mail [email protected] 


You will receive a confirmation of your RSVP shortly after you register via e-mail.  As the walk date approaches, we will contact you with any additional relevant information.  If you do NOT receive an e-mail shortly after registering, please contact [email protected]

For those who have not been on our hayride-walks before, you can get a feel for our walks and what they’re all about by visiting our walk archive page.  In the meantime, here is a logistical snapshot.

Here is  a general overview of what you can expect on our Hayride-Philosophy Walks:

  • Free to the Public (donations welcome/appreciated)
  • 3 hour walks (opportunities for rest along the way)
  • Casual, positive & supportive experience
  • 1-2 walk guides
  • Approx. group size of 14-16 people (due to hayride logistics)
  • Ample opportunity to enjoy nature

To get the most out of your experience with us and enjoy a healthy & safe walk, please bring with you on the eve of the walk/hike:

  • Water & Snack
  • Weather appropriate attire & sun protection (as applicable)
  • A walking stick/Trekking poles
  • Comfortable Shoes/Hiking Boots

Make a Donation Here

Our philosophy walks are FREE.  That said, for those who still have the steady income to do so in these trying times, we could really use your financial support right now.  Donations help to cover walk guide honorariums, implementation, resource archiving, and more!  You can make a donation by clicking here or on the button above.  For those facing more challenging financial circumstances, we ask that you please try to “pay it forward” with acts of kindness for your neighbors and community. 


September 18
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT
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Merlin Nature Preserve
6042 Lincoln Road West
Helena, MT 59635 United States
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Marisa Diaz-Waian
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