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Camp Innovations


Camp Innovations is a five-day, overnight camp for students entering grades 7-9. Students arrive on Sunday afternoon and leave Thursday afternoon. They are engaged in exciting science activities and recreation. Camps feature offsite field trips and tours in the Canyon Ferry Lake area and beyond.

The cost of the camp is $500 for all five days (room and board included).


2020 Camp Dates & Adventures:

June 14th – 18th – Mars Challenge (LEGO robotics) – Enrollment Closed

June 21st – June 25th – Crime Scene Investigation – Enrollment Closed

July 5th – 9th – Montana Treasures – Enrollment Closed

July 12th – 16th – Ecological Engineering – Enrollment Closed

July 19th – 23rd – The Wonders of Water – Cancelled

July 26th – 30th – Mars Challenge (LEGO robotics)

August 2nd – 6th – Montana Treasures

August 9th – 13th – Crime Scene Investigation:
All-Girls STEAM Camp

Exploring geology in a fun and engaging way


Montana Treasures
Come to the Montana Learning Center to embark on an adventure of geologic proportions.

Students will take field trips and dig for Montana agates and quartz crystals. They also will have the opportunity to pan for garnets and sapphires. Campers will learn basic rock and mineral classification and apply what they learn while out in the field. Professional geologists will accompany campers throughout the week.

Come join us this summer as we dig for Montana Treasures.


Mars Challenge (LEGO robotics)
Space flight can be exciting, but also perilous.

Fifty years after it happened, campers will learn about the April 1970 Apollo 13 flight that suffered a catastrophic failure in space, but still brought the three astronauts back to Earth safe and sound. They will examine how water may have shaped some of the landscape of Mars, search for methane gas that might indicate the presence of life, and use a drone and rover to survey an official map of the Mars landscape and collect specimens.

Sign up today for this one-of-a-kind experience.


Crime Scene Investigation
Do you have the skills to be a scientific sleuth?

If you enjoy solving riddles and piecing together puzzles to solve a mystery, this is the camp for you. This forensic camp is an active week where mystery meets science. Campers will use a variety of tools and techniques, including DNA fingerprinting, to analyze data and answer some big questions. You also will learn about real-life skills used in crime scene investigative work.

The Canyon Ferry Lake Detectives would like to welcome you to their team!


“I liked the camp because the kids were nice, the chaperones were cool and the activities were awesome! I especially liked the field trips and we found so many unique rocks! The reason I would go back is to make new friends and learn more than I did last year. It seemed more like a dream than real life!”

- Former camper

Learning the science behind the crime

“The weeks that I spent at science camp were a rare opportunity to explore a topic deeply with expert staff to offer mentorship. Learning to think scientifically with nature surrounding us was incredibly special.”

- Former camper

Crime Scene Investigation: All-Girls STEAM Camp
Be part of this exciting girls-only camp where mystery meets science.

This special girls-only camp brings female campers into the mysterious world of crime scene exploration. Campers will learn how to process many different types of evidence, and even how to use DNA fingerprinting and gel electrophoresis to identify a culprit. Daily puzzles will challenge each student’s ability to think creatively.

Join with fellow campers in the race to know “Who done it?”


Ecological Engineering
Canyon Ferry Lake is the perfect place to learn about ecology and engineering.

The lakeside environment at the Montana Learning Center is home to many unique species. These creatures have adapted through time to successfully survive in and around this beautiful ecosystem. Campers will learn how this watery environment is sustained and ways these organisms thrive. Students will use the tools of biomimicry and biodiversity to engineer solutions to everyday problems such as changing environments and meeting human needs.

Plan to explore the answers found in nature this summer!


The Wonders of Water
Experience the wonders of water at Canyon Ferry Lake.

Campers will be immersed in the dynamic effects of water and how it plays a vital role in shaping our local watershed. Glaciers, rain and snow all leave their mark. Young scientists will investigate the various habitats created within and around the lake, how chemical and biological parameters can fluctuate, and what it takes to monitor and manage a watershed. Students will take an “Incredible Journey” to identify where water is stored within Earth’s systems.

Join us to learn all about water, Earth’s most precious resource.

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