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


"New" library books. Monday on "Pea Green Boat".
Sam Manno

Celebrate "New" on the "Pea Green Boat" with Pam a not-so-new librarian. Pam will read from books about a new puppy, a new girl in class, and new experiences.

Missoula Public Librarians come in every Monday to share some great books with us on Pea Green Boat.

Tune in Monday, January 25 at 4:00 p.m. on your radio or online.

Join Annie, Barbara, Marylor and Marcia for Poetry Club and enjoy traditional, funny and quirky poems for kids (of all ages). Wednesday, January 13 at 4:00 p.m. on "Pea Green Boat". On your radio or online.

Renee helps with the morning milking on Sam's birthday last February.
Sam Manno

This Saturday at 7:00 a.m. on the "Children's Corner" we'll talk about how a seasonal life has developed on the farm, partially shedding the 12 month calendar.

"Pea Green Boat" host Annie Garde
Josh Burnham

Ahoy, listeners! Join Skipper Annie Garde, "Girl Friday" Sam Manno, and members of the musical groups The Salamanders and The Whizpops in the University Center Theater from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, when "Pea Green Boat" broadcasts live in front of a First Night Missoula audience.

On December 24, actor David Mills-Low will read — no, perform — "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" on "Pea Green Boat". Tune in at 4:00 p.m. on your radio or online to join in.

Less than six weeks old, new goat kids Empathy, Intuition, Scopulorum, and Atlas test their 'goat' legs on a December 5 walk at the farm.
Sam Manno

Sam Manno hosted today's "Pea Green Boat" and gave an update about the farm and his new goat kids Empathy, Intuition, Scopulorum, and Atlas.

Did you see the nice article on Annie Garde, host of "Pea Green Boat" in today's Missoulian?

"The job is constantly challenging," Garde said. "But I love to interact with our listeners. I have kids from 3 to 10 (and some a lot older) who listen every day. So I play classic nursery rhymes as well as music that a 10-year-old would find intriguing.

"After all these years, not much has changed except that I'm not afraid anymore to do things, to try new things," she said. "It's a wonderful job."

Who is guarding who? Athena and Intuition
Sam Manno

Sam Manno is hosting "Pea Green Boat" today, and he has more pictures from his big happy farm family. Tune in to "Pea Green Boat" at 4:00 p.m. online or on your radio for children's music, and to find out what's going on at Sam's farm.

Sam had a surprise tea party on the Pea Green Boat, Tuesday, November 24, to Celebrate Annie Garde's birthday, complete with David Shaner, tea, and tea bowls from Montana Tea and Spice Trading company.

Atlas, Empathy, Intuition, Scopulorum, on their first walk in the mountains of Western Montana.
Sam Manno

"Pea Green Boat" host Sam Manno loves to tell tales from his farm, where a goat can be a goat. Saturday at 7:00 a.m. on "Children's Corner" he'll talk about his new goat kids Atlas, Empathy, Intuition, & Scopulorum. Tune in on your radio or online to hear more.