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


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.

Pine Grosbeak

Nov 17, 2015
Pine grosbeak
Papa Lima Whiskey (CC-BY-SA-3)

We talked about pine grosbeaks on yesterday's "Pea Green Boat", and listener Qin Yu sent in a story of her recent grosbeak sighting:

Bruce the goat demands equal time in Sam's kitchen.
Sam Manno

Tune in to "Childrens Corner" on MTPR at 7:00 a.m. Saturday to hear more  farm tales from Sam Manno.

Bill Harley sings "You're in Trouble" during his show in Missoula, Nov 1, 2015
Josh Burnham

Bill Harley entertained and delighted over 1,000 fans Sunday in Missoula. He engaged the audience with familiar songs and his stories "Yeast Rolls” and "Field Trip”.

Harley has been a longtime favorite of "Pea Green Boat" listeners. Host Annie Garde welcomed him to the stage.

Black widow spider
Courtesy Glenn Marangelo/Missoula Insectarium

Glenn Marangelo from the Missoula Insectarium will be on "Pea Green Boat" today at 4:00 p.m. with some creepy crawly guests, including a black widow spider.

Tune in on your radio or online to hear more about the fascinating spiders and insects show in the pictures above.