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Montana Learning Center


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Student Programs

Providing science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) summer camps for students entering grades 1-12 and aerospace programs for middle school, high school and college students.

Adult Programs

Providing teachers science content and strategies to enhance and expand their professional growth. Providing adults with science camp fun.


Providing access to the largest public observatory in the region, with multiple state-of-the-art telescopes, our facility is the perfect place for viewing the night sky.

Summer Camps

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 enjoy fishing, kayaking, boating, and swimming at the lake. Expedition Yellowstone takes place in and around Yellowstone National Park. The Lewis & Clark camp takes place on and around the Missouri River.

“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 STEAM activities are challenging, engaging and fun. And, the location at Canyon Ferry provides for everything that kids should experience in their summer.”

- Parent of Campers

The Montana Learning Center is a place for students to come together to solve problems, create and be empowered. Daily camp life includes STEAM 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

MLC Weather Station

Get the latest up-to-date conditions from our very own weather station!

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Scholarships are available. We are committed to making camp possible for boys and girls 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 for 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. Each of our instructors and counselors are CPR & First Aid certified.

Teachers learn ways to make science fun

Continued Learning

for Teachers

Further your own education and explore new ways to utilize the power of STEAM, through teacher-training programs that strengthen education across Montana.


Education Affliate

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