Big Night 2021


Dear friends of spectrUM,

With great sadness about the worsening Covid-19 situation in our community, we have decided to postpone Big Night. Everyone’s health and safety is our top priority, but we are nevertheless disappointed that we will not be able to gather with you on October 7. 

With our advisory board and Big Night committee, we explored a number of alternatives, but all were agreed that we would rather see you in person than on Zoom. For this reason, we are planning to reschedule Big Night for spring 2022, with the new date to be announced.

If you have already purchased your tickets, you will receive a refund shortly. You can also show your support for science education any time with a secure online donation.

We will update you as soon as we have selected a spring date and can’t wait to get together with you in spectrUM’s new home…as soon as we can do so safely. 

We are grateful to all of you for your support.

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Our Impact

Your support is crucial to spectrUM's efforts to provide barrier-free access to hands-on science education. Big Night raises funds to support:

  • Reopening EmPower Place at the Missoula Food Bank & Community Center, providing enriching learning opportunities for families experiencing food insecurity.
  • Providing totally free admission to our award-winning science museum, which has expanded its hours to be open 40 hours a week for all
  • Science on Wheels, a traveling science museum that reaches rural and tribal communities across the state of Montana.
  • Free field trips and bus transport for Title 1 schools in Missoula and our neighboring communities.
  • Scholarships for students to access spectrUM’s summer camps.
  • “Science Bytes” on the Flathead Reservation, embedding hands-on science at free summer meal sites.
  • The Bitterroot Summer of Science, which brings free STEM programming to communities throughout Ravalli County.

Thank you to our 2021 Big Night sponsors

2021 Presenting Sponsors

ATG Cognizant
Infosys Foundation USA

2021 Platinum + Sponsor


2021 Platinum Sponsors

Blackfoot Communications


 Terry and Patt Payne


2021 Gold Sponsors

Twin Cranes Dental


WGM Group


Northwestern Energy


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana

2021 Silver Sponsors

Stockman Bank logo


First Interstate Bank




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Good Food Store



2021 In-Kind Sponsors

Scotty's Table


Triple Creek Ranch




Flathead Lake Biological Station


Dram Shop
Montgomery Distillery
5 on Black
Big Dipper
Elephant Friendly Tea
Big Sky Resort

 Finn logo

 DoubleTree Logo

 UM Trademarks and Licensing


 Bernice's Bakery


Montana Natural History Center
Olive + Iron
Toiffer Pet Outfitter
Green Source
  Hazel and Fawn
 1889 Missoula
Left of Center Jewels
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Mary's Mountain Cookies
Lisa Ernst Porcelain




Lisa & Dale Bickell

Molly & Brook Blair

Holly Castor

John Engen

Reed Humphrey & Kim Mize-Humphrey

Jeremy Keene & Heather Harp

Gary Matson

Adam Rys-Sikora

Cassie Loretta Smith

Nick Wethington