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Winter/Spring

Programs

 

“MOSS was a miracle find. Amidst the pandemic, the MOSS team was highly professional, flexible, and understanding about circumstances affecting families with school aged children. MOSS took substantial care to follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols to keep our kiddo safe and sound.” -3rd grade family

Join MOSS this winter and spring! Whatever school choice your family is making this year, MOSS has a program for you. Neighborhood pods? 5 day school-week? Fully remote? We’ve got options! Programs may evolve to better serve our community and we’ll be offering a flexible cancellation policy in case your family’s situation changes. We aim to provide safe, educational outdoor science programming and an opportunity for students to discover new things in the outdoors!


Kids run in snow on the MOSS campus.

Kids run in snow on the MOSS campus.

Science in the Wild Afternoons

Thursdays: 12-5 pm

Grades K-5

4-week per session, 2 available sessions in Jan-Feb

$150 per session

Perfect for neighborhood pods or families with students participating in a blended learning model! Join MOSS instructors for completely outdoor afternoon camps Thursdays on the MOSS campus. Each 4-week session focuses on a different science topic with curriculum aligned with state and national standards. Groups of up to 15 students will remain together for the entire session. Must be pre-registered to attend. !
Still have questions? Check out our FAQs.

Session 1: Wild Winter

  • January 7, 14, 21, 28

How do Montana’s furry friends keep warm? How do they travel across snow without skis? Who sleeps all winter and who is out and about? These are a few of the questions we will address as we explore the lives of animals in the cold.

Session 2: Snow Science

  • February 4, 11, 18, 25

What do skiing, snowmen, and avalanches all have in common? Snow! In this session, bundle up to explore how snowflakes form, how they build up over the winter, and what that snowpack means for the people and animals of Montana.

Animals tracks in the snow.

Animals tracks in the snow.

Tuesday Science Class

Tuesdays: 2-4 pm

Grades K-8

4 weeks per session, 5 available sessions from Jan-May

$75 per session

This program is geared especially towards your students in grades K-8. They’ll explore the MOSS campus for 2 hours on Tuesday afternoons and participate in place-based lessons, hands-on activities about natural science, and instructor-led nature hikes. Each 4-week session focuses on a different science topic. Groups of up to 15 students will remain together for the entire 4-week session. Must be pre-registered to attend. Sign up for one session or the entire fall! Still have questions? Check out our FAQs.

* our Tuesday Science Class is also known as our “Homeschool Science” program but it’s open to all - even if you’re not homeschooling this year!

Session 1: Wild Winter

  • January 5, 12, 19, 26

How do Montana’s furry friends keep warm? How do they travel across snow without skis? Who sleeps all winter and who is out and about? These are a few of the questions we will address as we explore the lives of animals in the cold.

Session 2: Snow Science

  • February 2, 9, 16, 23

What do skiing, snowmen, and avalanches all have in common? Snow! In this session, bundle up to explore how snowflakes form, how they build up over the winter, and what that snowpack means for the people and animals of Montana.

Session 3: World’s Weirdest Weather

  • March 2, 9, 23, 30 (please note, no program on March 16th due out Spring Break Camp)

Ever heard that March may come in like a lion and go out like a lamb? Spring in Montana can bring some crazy weather - blizzards, powder days, and maybe even thunderstorms! Learn to read the clouds to predict the weather. Explore the impact that weather has on natural disasters like flooding. We’ll even delve into some weather we don’t see in Montana much - like hurricanes and tornadoes!

Session 4: Springtime Animal Babies

  • April 6, 13, 20, 27

Springtime is a time for new growth. Many animals welcome warmer temperatures and more sun with new babies. In this program, we’ll explore the life cycles of animals born in springtime. We’ll delve into their adaptations and learn about how they grow, and how their families help them survive - or don’t! With any luck, we’ll also get to meet a few baby animals along the way!

Session 5: Nature Art

  • May 4, 11, 18, 25

Nature often inspires artists to paint landscapes, but did you know that materials from our Earth are also used to create art? In this session, we will explore natural dyes, try our hand at soil painting, and craft with other natural materials. You’ll leave this session with plenty of take-home creations!

Child observes snow crystals in a hand full of snow.

Child observes snow crystals in a hand full of snow.

Take-Home Science Kits

Pick-up at MOSS

Grades K-5

$30/kit

Looking for a way to combat your kiddo’s increased screen time? Or maybe your child is really interested in science but you’re not exactly a science teacher? Let us help! Each of our Science Kits include the materials for 5 hands-on activities, outdoor investigations, and nature journaling prompts to keep kids engaged. We will notify you when your kit is ready.

Kits are available in 2 different age options and various science topics.

Grade K-2 Kits:

  • Animals in Winter - How do animals that live in Montana make it through the long, cold winter months?

  • Montanimals - What animals live in Montana and how do we identify them?

Grade 3-5 Kits:

  • Snow Science - What is the science behind snow and how do tiny snowflakes have big impacts?

  • Powerful Predators - What role do predators and prey play in an ecosystem and how can you identify them?


Cancellation and Refund Policy

We realize that the situation is constantly evolving and that we will need to adjust programming as that happens. Our goal is to offer a flexible cancellation policy in case your family’s situation changes as well.

Cancellations made two weeks prior to the program start date will be refunded, though our registration software charges a non-refundable $4.95 fee on all cancellations. Cancellations made less than two weeks from program start date will not receive a refund unless your spot can be filled from our waitlist. No refunds will be issued for "no shows." 

If your child is showing any symptoms of illness, you may NOT send them to MOSS programming. Because we want families to take this seriously, you will receive a prorated refund for days missed if you must pull your student from programming due to symptoms.

If MOSS must cancel a program due to unforeseen circumstances, school district schedule changes, or any other reason, refunds will be issued to all registrants.

Additional questions?

Email our Education Director, Molly, at mward@outdoorscience.org