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The Setting

The Montana Learning Center, located at Canyon Ferry Lake, boasts a picturesque setting for retreats, meetings, conferences, and kids’ camps. The lakeside setting is ideal for exploring Montana’s biology and geology. Our awe-inspiring views, beautiful skies, and low light pollution make the Center a perfect setting for the largest public-use telescope in the state.

The Location

Located 15 miles from downtown Helena, MT, the Montana Learning Center is the perfect location for teaching, learning, and experiencing the outdoors. It is uniquely equipped for groups interested in science, mathematics, and teaching. We also serve as a retreat center for integrated studies and all curriculum groups.

Meetings and Lodging at Montana Learning Center

The Montana Learning Center is a perfect location for peaceful and productive retreats. Historic cottages built in the late 1940s give guests and students spaces for meeting, learning, and sleeping. The comfortable and peaceful setting accommodates approximately 100, with shared spaces and private rooms.

View a pdf map of our quaint and cozy campus to see the possibilities.

Meeting Space

The Blue Classroom Cottage is used as a classroom for up to 20-25 people.
Cost per day: $250

The Green Classroom Cottage is used as a classroom for up to 15-20 people.
Cost per day: $250

The Tan & Pink Classroom Cottages are used as a classroom for up to 10-12 people each.
Cost per day: $175

All classroom spaces feature wireless Internet and an LCD projector on request. 

ONe of our Classroom spaces for learning

Bunk style lodging


There is a full-service kitchen and a large covered patio in front. The kitchen is licensed by the State of Montana. The view is spectacular any time of the year. Meals are provided for $42 per person per day.


The Dorm Cottages include cottages that have been converted into dorms. One bedroom has two single beds, the other bedroom has two bunk beds, and the living room has three bunk beds. Each dorm has a full bathroom and can sleep up to 12 people.

Cost: $50 per person per day. This does not include daily housekeeping service.

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