Our Story


OUr Story


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The Montana Learning Center at Canyon Ferry Lake provides and promotes quality immersion experiences for all in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in a unique lakeside environment.

Our Story

In the 1980’s two leading science teachers from Montana began taking students on field explorations in Montana. Little could they know that their legacy would extend decades into the future. The Montana Learning Center was founded by two award-winning Helena science teachers, Gil and Marilyn Alexander. They realized the country’s need for mathematicians, scientists and engineers and knew the importance to teach problem solving and environmental stewardship.

The efforts of the Alexanders, called the Montana Science Institute, became the Montana Learning Center at Canyon Ferry Lake, in 2004. Our students have won amazing acclaim. High school students’ accomplishments include national first place winners in the Westinghouse National Science Talent Search, the Intermountain Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, USA Today All American Academic Team, the International Science Fair, as well as numerous regional, state and local awards.

working on skills in a fun environment = a lifetime of engagement

Our Location

Located on the uppermost impoundment of the Missouri River on the Lewis and Clark Route, the Montana Learning Center at Canyon Ferry Lake is uniquely positioned to study and ponder the rich history from the times of dinosaurs, to the life of American Indians, to the journeys of Lewis & Clark, to the challenges of hydroelectric generation, and finally to the demand of working in this tech-savvy new world with all our current challenges.

Our camp setting allows for fishy fun

No One Is Turned Away

No camper has ever been turned away who could not afford camp fees. Donations help keep camp affordable, provide scholarships and provide teacher programs at no cost.

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