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Explore the Universe - Astronomy Camp


Are you ready to explore the universe? Then this astronomy camp is designed for you! Campers will go through different hands-on activities designed to gain astronomical knowledge and enhance their observing skills. In addition they will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art telescopes and cameras to image the night sky. By the end of the camp, they will have developed a journal and observation plan to further their exploration into the final frontier.
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2020 Camp Dates & Details:

July 19-23, 2020

Five-day overnight camp

For students entering the 9th – 12th grades

Limited to 12 participants

We have the perfect setting for Exploring the night sky


,Campers will experience the wonder of the night sky and learn about astronomy at the largest public observatory in Montana that is located on our campus. Weather permitting, students will observe the moon, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and safely observe the sun. There will be nightly star parties. Cloudy night activities are also planned.

Students will learn about the phases and features of the moon and how to observe Jupiter and Saturn. They will process images of Pluto and other deep-sky objects. A unique daytime activity will give campers the chance to view the sun safely through a solar telescope. Fun activities include scavenger hunts, astronomy games, sketching planets and enjoying our lakeside environment.

This five-day overnight camp is for students entering the 9th – 12th grades and is limited to 12 participants.

The cost is $750 per camper, and includes housing, meals, snacks, supplies and all activities.

New for 2020, we are offering a telescope option as a part of this camp. For an extra $400, your child will receive a Sky-Watcher 8″ Dobsonian Telescope kit. We are pleased to partner with Land, Sea & Sky for this opportunity.  


Special thanks to Peter Detterline, the director of the Mars Society Observatory for helping to design and to co-teach the first astronomy camp at Montana Learning Center. Peter also teaches astronomy at the college level.

Our executive director, Ryan Hannahoe, will also be co-teaching this camp. Ryan had a long career in astronomy before joining us at the MLC.

“What a great place! I grew up with some of the greatest educational institutions of my generation (including the Field Museum in Chicago, the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium…) The Montana Learning Center at Canyon Ferry Lake is right up there with the best.”

- S. Taff

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