Montana Public Radio

Pea Green Boat

Weekdays 4:00 PM -5:00 PM

The Pea Green Boat is a show for children of all ages, with stories, songs, poetry, and special guests - two and four-legged, and some with wings. 

“The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea in a beautiful pea green boat...” With its title borrowed from that Edward Lear poem, the Montana Public Radio Pea Green Boat sets sail each weekday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

In between the stories and songs, guests like Kate Davis from Raptors of the Rockies, and Brian Williams from the Montana Natural History Center cover the Nature Beat. Librarians from the Missoula Public Library share new and classic books every Monday, and the Poetry Club meets once a month.

Listeners can call in requests for birthday songs and favorite songs and stories:

Phone: 1-800-325-1565 or 243-4931 or email


  1. The Hamster Dance, by Hampton the Hamster, from Hamster Dance
  2. Everyone Asked About You (Nora, Nora), by Bob McGrath, from Sing Me A Story
  3. Peanut Butter Bears, by Brent Holmes, from Bear Tunes For Kids
  4. Little Chickadee, by Chenille Sisters, from Teaching Hippopotami to Fly
  5. A Pirate's Life, by Cathy Fink & Marcie Marxer, from Scat Like That
  6. Waltzing With Bears, by Priscilla Herdman, from Star Dreamer
  7. Alligator In The Elevator, by Rick Charette, from Alligator In The Elevator
  8. There's A Pea On My Plate, by Bill Harley, from There's A Pea On My Plate
  9. On The Day That You Were Born, by Red Grammer, from Hello World
  10. T-Rex, by The Dinner Dogs, from Meet The Dinner Dogs
  11. Lime Jello, Marshmallow, Cottage Cheese Surprise, by Two of a Kind, from So Many Ways To Be Smart


For years humans have tried to teach animals to understand our language – from teaching the family dog to “sit” and to “stay,” to teaching KoKo the gorilla sign language, to Alex the parrot who could actually speak Engish with a vocabulary of over 100 words. Alex, was the first non-human to ask a question, but that is us teaching them our language. What about us learning their language? And what are animals really saying to each other!

Tumble, the science podcast for kids and families now airs on The Pea Green Boat.

Tumble with us into topics as diverse as “Poop & Snot” to the science of “Whiskers & The Peregrines’ Fast Flight” to “Reinventing the Wheel” and of course “Dinosaurs”.

Join host Annie Garde, Tuesdays during the 4 o’clock hour as we explore stories of science discovery.

Tune in to the Pea Green Boat Monday, November 23rd at 4 pm and you will learn how kids and goats can change the world as we explore the work of Heifer International,
Heifer International

Discover how a gift of a goat transformed a young girl’s life, her family’s and her village and how the idea of giving a goat inspired a 5th grade class to work together to improve the world, one goat at a time.

Catch the spirit of giving and transforming lives - Tune in to the Pea Green Boat Monday, November 23rd at 4 p.m. and you will learn how kids and goats can change the world as we explore the work of Heifer International.

Tune in to Pea Green Boat on Monday, September 14 at 4 p.m. to celebrate the beginning of fall and the end to the Missoula Public Library construction.

You'll hear Pam from the library reading Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Frances Burton and playing music by Grin Brigade, Sugar Free Allstars, Rebecca Frezza and more.

Have “S’more” fun and join Storyline Online Summer Camp!

A resource for kids and parents, Storyline Online Summer Camp was created by Storyline Online to keep everyone in touch while staying engaged in reading. It’s also a way for kids to share their favorite stories during “a summer unlike any summer on record!”


If you’re a home-bound kid climbing the walls, it might be time to ask a grown-up for a pair of headphones.   You could find yourself slowing down, listening, and making friends with Heidi, Harry Potter, Alice, Winnie the Pooh, Sherlock Holmes, Anne of Green Gables or Peter Rabbit. A large selection of beloved books, recorded and streamed by the audiobook service Audible, are available (in six languages) free of charge as long as school’s out.

On the Pea Green Boat, we're sharing resources to help parents and kids navigate through the coronavirus situation. Tune in Fridays at 4 for more resources, tips and discussions about kids and coronavirus. We'll add more links and resources here as we find them.

The Story Of Saint Jacquard

Feb 25, 2020
A Saint Bernard.
emmepiphoto / iStock

St. Bernard dogs are often pictured with kegs around their necks to signify their original breeding as rescuers of people crossing dangerous passes in the Alps. This story, written by Silas Warner, follows the life of Jacquard, a St. Bernard raised as a pet who follows his rescue instincts during the Nazi occupation of France during World War 2. It originally aired on the children's show, the Pea Green Boat in February, 2020.

Tai Asks Why is an award-winning podcast from the CBC for kids and families.

Is there a brain in our gut? How do we fix climate change? Which is cooler, zero or infinity? What happens after we die? Why do we dream? What is love? There are so many good questions out there; the mysteries about life, the world ... about us. Tai Poole is trying to find answers to them.

Pea Green Boat is exploring six of these questions this with the award-winning CBC Podcast Tai Asks Why.

Nick Littman, Missoula Writing Collaborative

In July 2019, Annie Garde ushered a flock of writers, ages 8-14, in KUFM's Studio B to read poems they'd written with the Missoula Writing Collaborative's "Words With Wings" summer camp. To prime the pump, teachers Dana Fitz Gale, Sheryl Noethe and Anna Zumbahlen dangled before their students art, verbal prompts and the occasional imaginary takeover of a university building.  Listen to "I'm From the Hayfields," "Ode to a Goat," "Non-Existant Pie," "You Are, You Are Not," "The Purple Bug," "The Best Night For Peach," "Ode to Chili" -- and 36 more.