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Astronomy Program

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 curriculum groups.

Great spaces for immersive classes and retreats

Meetings and Lodging at Montana Learning Center

The Montana Learning Center is the 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 or in private rooms.

Guests check-in at the Office Cottage.

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: $200

The Pink or Tan Classroom Cottages are used as a classroom for up to 12-15 people each.
Cost per day: $150 (each)


Students relax and refuel at the Dining Hall. There is a full-service kitchen and dining area inside and a large covered patio in front. The kitchen is licensed by the State of Montana. There is dining space for thirty people inside and several more outside in warm weather. The view is spectacular any time of the year. Meals are provided for $42 per person per day or you can bring your own food and beverages.

Cost per day: $500



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

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


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