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Summer Camps 2021

Here you’ll find every science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camp that we are offering to students in 2021. Montana Learning Center provides campers participative science experiments and projects, activity-based math, educational games and simulations, and thrilling field trips. Our students learn how to ask questions and wonder out loud.

All students entering grades 1-12 are welcome to JOIN US! Most camps take place at Canyon Ferry Lake where campers have fun fishing, kayaking, boating and swimming. 

All overnight campers also will experience the wonder of the night sky and learn about astronomy at our on-site observatories, which contain state-of-the art telescopes, including the largest public access telescope in Montana. Weather permitting, students will observe the Moon, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and safely observe the Sun.

Discovery

Students entering primary grades 1-3 can experience a four-day, day-only, science camp. Campers are bussed to the Montana Learning Center’s campus on the shores of Canyon Ferry Lake from Helena Monday through Thursday. Lunch and snacks are provided.

Young Naturalist AdventureS

Camp Young Naturalist Adventures is a five-day, overnight camp for students entering grades 4-6. Campers arrive on Sunday afternoon and leave Thursday afternoon. Students are involved in STEM activities and recreation. They spend their time exploring the fascinating world of science. Campers can expect activities that challenge them to be curious and problem solve with other students. All camp activities take place at our campus on the shores of Canyon Ferry Lake or nearby.

Innovations

Camp Innovations is a five-day, overnight camp for students entering grades 7-9. Students arrive on Sunday afternoon and leave Thursday afternoon. Students are involved in STEM activities and recreation. They spend their time exploring the fascinating world of science. Campers can expect activities that challenge them to be curious and problem solve with other students. Each camp features exciting field trips and tours in the Canyon Ferry Lake area.

Extreme Yellowstone Expedition

Camp Extreme Yellowstone Expedition is a six-day, overnight camp for students entering grades 7-10. Students arrive Sunday afternoon and leave Friday afternoon. Paradise Valley serves as the hub for camping and science experiences and as a jumping off point for excursions to Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Falls and Lamar Valley.

Dinosaur Camp

Montana Learning Center is partnering with Carter County Museum in Ekalaka, MT for a unique camping experience. This adventure, for students entering grades 8-12, includes three days of field expeditions to active paleontological dig sites in the Hell Creek Formation. In addition to fossil digs, campers will tour Carter County Museum, sort material collected in the field, learn the basics of fossil preparation and prepare fossils they gathered at the digs for display in the Museum.

Explore the Universe

Camp Explore the Universe is a five-day, overnight camp for students entering grades 9-12. Students arrive Sunday afternoon and leave Thursday afternoon. Campers study the universe with our state-of-the-art telescopes, including Montana’s largest public-use telescope. They learn how to locate objects in the night sky, photograph them, and manipulate astronomical data just like astronomers do.

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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 8:1. All of our instructors and counselors are CPR & First Aid certified.

Fun and Play are part of the curriculum

Campers have fun working together

Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, a limited number of scholarships are available. We are committed to making camp possible for everyone, regardless of ability to pay.

NASA Partnerships

Montana Learning Center has established significant relationships with several NASA-funded organizations in the Mountain West and Pacific Northwest. These relationships allow the Learning Center to offer students and teachers throughout the Mountain West exciting and unique aerospace-related programs not available elsewhere in the area. Check out the various aerospace learning opportunities offered by the Center here.

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