Montana Climate Assessment Promotion Coin

Learn about Montana's Climate With a Coin!

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This Geocoin is part of a statewide geocaching outreach project started by Montana State University and the Montana Institute on Ecosystems to celebrate the launch of the Montana Climate Assessment (MCA), a scientific document published in September 2017. The document, which you can view at, includes climate information about Montana's water, forests and agriculture.

One MCA Geocoin will be launched in every Montana county. How many can you find?


One thing that excites us about launching this coin in Gallatin County is that our area is home to the headwaters of the Missouri River, which affects a huge portion of the U.S. landmass. That means Montana’s climate influences the water supply of a large portion of the country, and its water supports communities, ecosystems, and economies far beyond its borders. 

Join MSU Academic Technology & Outreach and the Montana Institute on Ecosystems in a statewide geocaching project linked to the publication of the Montana Climate Assessment (MCA).

We are hiding one MCA Geocoin -- a trackable game piece -- in every Montana county (56 in all!) 

Each Geocoin will be placed in a geocache (a cleverly hidden container discoverable by GPS coordinates).


Each MCA Geocoin has a unique tracking code, and geocachers who discover a Geocoin can log it online and then move it to another geocache. A map of each coin’s movements can be found on Each MCA Geocoin also has an educational moment built into its online description so those who find it can learn about Montana’s climate.

This outreach project was developed by MSU Extended University as a partner of Montana NSF EPSCoR. This project is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant EPS-1101342. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.