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


Welcome the year of The Red Monkey with Dana, from the Missoula Public Library.
Sam Manno

Welcome the year of The Red Monkey with "Pea Green Boat" and Dana from the Missoula Public Library.

Dana will be joining the "Pea Green Boat" February 8, with books to celebrate the Chinese New year and to continue our celebration of Black History month.

Tune in to MTPR on your radio or online at 4:00 p.m., Monday February 8 to join the celebration.

Bradin from the Missoula Public Library, will be our guest on "Pea Green Boat" on February 1, and will continue the "new" theme.
Sam Manno

Bradin from the Missoula Public Library, will be our guest on "Pea Green Boat" on February 1, and will continue the "new" theme.

New Kitty On The Farm

Jan 28, 2016
A bobcat, spotted on Sam Manno's farm.
Sam Manno

While I was moving hay in the hay loft goat barn I saw what I thought was a new stray house cat at the farm.

It was checking out an old log cabin about 100 feet north of the barn when I noticed it was quite large for a house cat. When it hopped up on the window sill to peer into the window, I noticed about half its tail was missing. While wondering how it lost the half of its tail I realized it was not a house cat at all, but a bobcat!

Jack, the farm dog and I gently encouraged the bobcat to move uphill and away from the goat barn.

Glenn Marangelo from the Missoula Insectarium.
Josh Burnham

Wednesday on "Pea Green Boat": Glenn Marangelo from the Missoula Insectarium will be in to talk about how insects survive — and even thrive — during the winter.

Tune in on your radio or online Wednesday January 27, at 4:00 p.m.

"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.

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.

October the Goat was born just last week on Pea Green Boat host Sam Manno's farm.
Sam Manno

Sam Manno got a pledge-week surprise last Thursday when a new goat kid was born on his farm.

He showed up to do chores Thurdsay evening, and there was chaos in the barnyard. Patience the goat had given birth to a little buck while Sam was raising money for public radio. Here's a picture of the newborn October the goat.

Did you hear the radio play "The Nose" on "Pea Green Boat" October 17? Host Annie Garde asked listeners to draw pictures based on the play and send them in. Natalie from Helena sent us this nice drawing of the nose biking around. She also included a thank you note. You're welcome Natalie, thank you for the picture.

Lingo the horse, looking slightly embarrassed as the goats give him a massage.
Sam Manno

Why are there muddy footprints on Lingo's back?

Lingo the horse shares his pasture with 50 dairy goats, some of which moonlight as massage therapists. It took some convincing before Lingo got comfortable being massaged by goats, but now he books massages weekly.

Sam will tell more farm tales on today's Pea Green Boat. On your radio or online at 4:00 p.m.

Why Sam Manno Has A Bull In His Kitchen

Oct 21, 2015
How do you say no to a face like that?
Sam Manno

"I sat at the kitchen table for an hour, determined not to reward him for his bad behavior," Sam said. "But what choice do I have?"

Little Bear the steer greets Sam at his back door every  morning. Lately, he's invited himself inside to look for goodies like pears and apples. That's life on a farm.

Tune in to "Pea Green Boat" today to hear more about Sam's adventures on the farm.

"The Nose" A "Pea Green Boat" radio play.
Tony Alter (CC-BY-2)

Rodeo Radio Theater In The Air is back on "Pea Green Boat" with a play called "The Nose" by Nikolai Gogol.

Listen as one character discovers a nose in his bread while another character looks in a mirror and sees that his nose is gone. Crazy! And it gets crazier.

A blue death-feigning beetle, living up to its name.
Josh Burnham

Today on "Pea Green Boat" Annie had special guests from  the Missoula Insectarium. Glenn Marangelo joined the show to talk about insects, and he brought some six-legged friends with him.

"Pea Green Boat" Host Sam Manno says he's most at peace when he's out walking with his goats.
Sam Manno

Today is International Peace Day, and "Pea Green Boat" is celebrating. A librarian from Missoula Public Library will visit to talk and share books about peace.

Photos: Birds Land On "Pea Green Boat"

Sep 17, 2015
Owen Manning with his award winning Pukeko, and Kate Davis with Sonora, an Aplomato Falcon. A Pukeko is a bird from New Zealand. The name is a Maori word for purple swamp hen.
Josh Burnham

Annie have some very cool special guests on "Pea Green Boat" today. Owen Manning, his mom Jennifer and Kate Davis joined Annie to talk about birds.

MTPR Programs Win Broadcasters' Awards

Jun 17, 2015
John Floridis, host of "Musician's Spotlight" and Beth Anne Austein, MTPR producer both won awards from the Montana Broadcasters Association.
William Marcus

Two MTPR programs win "EB" awards from the Montana Broadcasters Association.

Monika, Bartek and Mania's English teacher in Warsaw

Last week Annie received this email message from a teacher in Poland:

Dear MTPR, especially the Pea Green Boat Crew!

Warm hello from Warsaw, Poland! Just wanted to let you know that my 11 year-old-students (Mania and Bartek) and I enjoyed A LOT listening to the Velveteen Rabbit!

Josh Burnham

"Pea Green Boat" had some special guests on the show today. Kate Davis brought Alisa the red-tailed hawk. Adeline and Weston Schick joined in to talk birds with Anne and Kate. Thanks everyone for a great show!

Tune in to "Pea Green Boat" every weekday at 4:00 p.m. on your radio or online.

Kate Davis will board the Pea Green Boat Thursday with some of her raptor friends. This time she's also bringing along a couple of young human friends! Don't miss the fun. Join us at 4:00 p.m. for the Pea Green Boat.