Montana Learning Center
Summer Camps 2020
Here you’ll find every science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) camp that we are offering to students in 2020. Montana Learning Center provides campers participative science experiments and projects, activity-based math, educational games and simulations, exploration of the intersection of art and science, 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.
This summer, all overnight campers will experience the wonder of the night sky and learn about astronomy at the largest public telescope in Montana, located on our campus. Weather permitting, students will observe the Moon, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and safely observe the Sun.
Students entering primary grades 1-3 can experience a four-day, day-only, camp. Campers are bussed to the Montana Learning Center at Canyon Ferry Lake from Helena, Monday through Thursday. Themes range from engineering in nature to making music. Lunch and snacks are provided.
Camp Young Naturalist Adventurers
Camp YNA 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 STEAM 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 Canyon Ferry Lake or nearby.
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 STEAM 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
Extreme Yellowstone Expedition is a five-day, overnight camp for students entering grades 7-10. Students arrive Sunday afternoon and leave Thursday afternoon. AMB West Basecamp in Paradise Valley will be the hub for lodging, science experiences and a jumping off point for excursions to Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Falls and Lamar Valley.
The Montana Learning Center is partnering with The 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 dig sites in the Hell Creek Formation. In addition to fossil digs, campers will tour The Carter County Museum, sort material collected in the field, and learn the basics of fossil preparation.
Explore the Universe
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 observatories, 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.
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.
Fun and Play are part of the curriculum
Campers have fun working together
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.
The 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.
Working on a landing mission