Youth Camp Registration Open!

Youth Camp Registration is now open to new campers!

Camp is open for ages 12-18. You must send payment and completed registration form for your spot to be secured.

2014 Jack Creek Preserve Summer Youth Camp Registration Form
















Volunteering Needs

With the Outdoor Education building construction completed this past fall, we will be moving forward to some other exciting projects to expand upon our programming at Jack Creek Preserve Foundation. One of the major projects that we will be working on is installing interpretive signage on the ADA assessable trail that loops around the Ed. Center. We expect that there will be ten different stops on this trail; educating visitors about water quality monitoring, fauna and flora, etc.


We are also planning to restore a two mile section of a decommissioned US forest Service trail to connect to Jack Creek Trail south of Hammond’s knob. The trail will provide access from Spanish Peaks over to Fan Mountain. We will also be working on some landscaping around the Ed. Center and some other smaller projects, including a raised bed garden and creating a small swimming pool in the creek. We will be holding a volunteer work day on the first Saturday in June, and need your help to complete these projects.

If you or anyone you know that is interesting in volunteering or donating trail building equipment – please contact Matthew Piper.

Jack Creek Preserve Foundation Speaker Series

click LMR Event for flyer

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March 6, 2014 6:30pm!
Lone Mountain Ranch !
$35 includes a 3 course dinner

Dr. Robert Inman!
Dr. Robert Inman captured and radio-tracked
wolverines for a decade in the Greater Yellowstone
Area. He will describe this unique field-study and its
conservation implications including rare footage of wild
wolverines in the Spanish Peaks near Big Sky

Reservations Required:



Archery Training for Volunteers: Saturday, May 11

Hello Volunteers!

We will be holding our Archery Instructor Training on Saturday, May
11, 2013. This training will be required for those interested in
teaching archery at any Jack Creek Preserve event this summer. The
training will be held at the Ennis School from 8:00am until 4:00pm
and will be taught by a representative of the National Archery in the
Schools Program through Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Space is
limited, so sign up early!

If you are interested in attending the training or if you have
questions, please contact Jackie at or
at (406) 995-7550.

Summer 2013 Volunteer Needs

Greetings from the Jack Creek Preserve Foundation!

I hope you are all enjoying the early signs of spring. Here at the Jack Creek Preserve Foundation, we have been working on determining exactly what our volunteer needs are for the summer and we have compiled a final list. That is where you come in! Have you ever wanted to be an archery instructor? Or teach a camp program on Wilderness First Aid? Or even just attend camp as a chaperone? We need your help this summer and have many opportunities to get out on the Preserve. Below is a list of our specific volunteer needs.


YOUTH CAMP VOLUNTEERS: Whether or not you have volunteered for Youth Camp before, now is the time to officially sign up.


Note: For those interested in archery instruction, we will require that you be trained by the Jack Creek Preserve Foundation prior to volunteering as an instructor. The training date is TBD, but can be expected in early June.


Please contact Jackie Kline at 995-7550 or send an email to with questions or to sign up. No commitment is too big or too small!






Event Dates Volunteers Needed Activity Description
Archery Day Camp July 8-12, 2013


Archery Instructor – Trained Assist with archery instruction, safety, and games. Volunteers must be trained by JCPF prior to the event.
After School Program Tuesdays and Thursdays in May 1 or more Prep and Delivery Work with JCPF staff to prepare and deliver the afterschool program activities. This year our topics are Outdoor Skills (Tuesday) and Outdoor Play (Thursday). Volunteers can choose one or both days. Commitment to the entire month is desired, but not required.
National Trails Day June 1, 2013 & TBD No Limit Trail Work National Trails Day is June 1, and we are planning on doing some trail work on the Preserve. In addition, we will be holding additional trail work days. Volunteers should be prepared for outdoor manual labor.
Good Thymes Camp 1 day at each of their three camps which run the weeks of: June 17, July 15, and August 5


Prep and Delivery Assist staff member of the JCPF with preparation and delivery of an educational program for the Good Thymes camp that is held in Ennis, MT. Final schedule and exact dates TBD. Contact the JCPF for more information or to discuss options for volunteering!
Moonlight Camp July 29-31, 2013


Archery Instructor – Trained Assist with archery instruction, safety, and games. Volunteers must be trained by JCPF prior to the event.
Kym’s Kids Camp June 28 & 29, 2013


Archery Instructor – Trained Assist with archery instruction, safety, and games. Volunteers must be trained by JCPF prior to the event.


Fishing Teach camp groups about fishing, stewardship, etc.
MOSS July 29 – Aug 2


Archery Instructor – Trained Assist with archery instruction, safety, and games. Volunteers must be trained by JCPF prior to the event.
Skilled/Unskilled Labor No Specific Date No Limit Construction/Carpentry/Manual Labor/Unskilled labor Help with building the Outdoor Education Center or complete various construction jobs for displays, etc. No construction experience necessary. All volunteers are welcome.
Overnight Youth Camps July 18-21, 2013 and

4 or 5

Cooking/Clean-up We will need a majority of our camp volunteers to work at the August camp, if possible, but if volunteers are only available for the July camp that is great, too. No specific skills are necessary. Those with interest in working as one of the program leaders for the specific activities listed are welcome to create their own program activities or work with the JCPF to create activities. Archery instructors will need to be trained prior to camp through the JCPF or justify their experience/ teaching capabilities. All of the activities may not be running at one time, so volunteers interested in doing several of the activities are welcome to do so. In addition, it is ideal if volunteers stay for the duration of the camp, if possible, but, again, it is not necessary. Email us to discuss options!
August 8-11, 2013


Check in/out




Hike Leaders




Wilderness First Aid






Hunting 101






Plant ID



What’s in your water? Get a FREE test kit!

If you get your water from a private well, it is recommended that you test your water annually. If you cannot remember testing your water within the past year, you should consider getting a FREE kit from the Jack Creek Preserve Foundation! In conjunction with MSU Extension Water Quality as well as the Big Sky Watershed Corps, the JCPF is providing interested homeowners with free well testing kits to encourage them to find out what is in their water.

The kit includes the following:

    • Pre-addressed envelope
    • Large plastic sample bottle
    • Small, sealed sample bottle
    • Bubble envelope for smaller sample bottle
    • Information about testing your well water (4 pages)


Once you have received your test kit, you will need to determine what parameters you are interested in testing for. Although the kit is free, the lab testing and analysis must be paid for by the homeowner. The “Well Educated” program through MSU Extension Water Quality can provide some guidance on this. In addition, the white sheet provided with the kit lists the different test packages that are available with their related costs.

If you have any questions or would like to get your free test kit from the Jack Creek Preserve, please email Jackie at or call (406) 995-7550.



Come Track Wildlife on the Preserve

Join us as we strap on our snowshoes and explore the Preserve. We will be looking for signs of wildlife and learning about wildlife tracking in the winter.


Interested in learning a little bit about wildlife tracking? Just interested in heading out for a snowshoe with some new people on the Preserve? Nature enthusiasts of all ages are welcome at the event.


The Jack Creek Preserve Foundation is hosting a Wildlife Tracking Event where we will be snowshoeing through the Preserve looking for signs of wildlife. This includes: animal tracks, scat, and even birds that have been braving the winter weather. Snowshoes will be available and included in your registration fee.


The event will be held on the Jack Creek Preserve! We will meet at the new Outdoor Education Center (still under construction) and head out on our adventure. We will stop for lunch along the way and continue tracking until we eventually circle back to the Outdoor Education Center.


Saturday, March 30, 2013. We will meet at the Outdoor Education Center at 11:00am and begin our trek from there. Our Outdoor Education Center is located on the South side of the Jack Creek Road between Moonlight Basin and Ennis.  If you would rather follow us up or carpool to the Preserve, we will meet in the Country Market parking lot in the Big Sky Meadow Village at 10:00am.


    • Proper attire and footwear for winter hiking
    • Snowshoes if you have them; otherwise, East Slope Outdoors will provide free of charge
    • Hat, gloves, scarf, neckwarmer, etc.
    • Water
    • Lunch, snack
    • Camera
    • Small notebook and pen to record information


Children under 18:    $5

Adults 18 and older:    $10


Fill out the form below and make sure to use the Paypal button above the form if paying by credit card. If paying by check, please send the check to :

Jack Creek Preserve Foundation

PO Box 160925

Big Sky, MT 59716