Montana Learning Center
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Providing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) summer camps for students entering grades 1-12 and aerospace programs for middle school, high school and college students.
Providing teachers science content and strategies to enhance and expand their professional growth. Providing adults with science camp fun.
Providing at our facility the perfect place for viewing the night sky: the largest public-use observatory in Montana, with multiple state-of-the-art telescopes.
Most camps take place on the shores of Canyon Ferry Lake outside of Helena, Montana. We are in a beautiful area with unique geological and natural features on the edge of the Rocky Mountains. Campers staying at our facility enjoy fishing, kayaking, boating, and swimming at the lake. Camp Expedition Yellowstone takes place in and around Yellowstone National Park. Camp Dinosaur takes place in and around the small ranching community of Ekalaka, in eastern Montana.
“This is year two for my kids at MLC, and both years they’ve started making plans for their return the next summer on the way home from camp because they can’t wait! The instructors are fantastic, certified teachers. The hands-on STEM activities are challenging, engaging and fun. And, the location at Canyon Ferry provides for everything that kids should experience in their summer.”
The Montana Learning Center is a place for students to come together to solve problems, create and be empowered. Daily camp life includes STEM immersion experiences, friendship building and recreation. Evening options include a traditional campfire or learning about the night sky. Our new world-class observatory introduces students to the wonders of the cosmos.
Combining learning Opportunities with play everyday
Scholarships are available. We are committed to making camp possible for all students, regardless of ability to pay.
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Consider joining our community by making a donation today! We utilize donations for ongoing projects, class materials, and scholarships.
Sifting for crystals is a hit with all ages
Student to Teacher Ratio
We’re small and personal. Our camp staff is composed of certified teachers, many of whom are award winning. Our student to instructor/counselor ratio is 1:8. All of our instructors and counselors are CPR & First Aid certified.
Teachers learn ways to make science fun
Further your own education and explore new ways to utilize the power of STEM, through teacher-training programs that strengthen education across Montana.
The Montana Learning Center has been selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to be an Education Affiliate of the Montana Space Grant Consortium, a component of NASA’s Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. The Montana Consortium and its members work to strengthen aerospace research and education in Montana.
Being a member of the Montana Space Grant Consortium and also as a partner of the Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline allows the Learning Center to offer students and teachers throughout the Mountain West exciting and unique aerospace-related programs not available elsewhere in the area.
Partnering up for Space Program education