With 4,500 acres to explore, Jack Creek Preserve is the ideal place to bring your class or group of all ages. Our Outdoor Education Center provides a unique venue to connect indoor learning with outdoor, hands-on learning. Bring your own program or work with us to enhance your program.
JCP CONSERVATION FIELD SCHOOL - Conservation through Education
New in 2019! Jack Creek Preserve Foundation will be implementing a conservation education program for educators. Providing teachers with professional development in wildlife conservation, habitat preservation, and with outdoor skills they can take back to the classroom. The Field School will be offered July, exact dates to be determined. The registration fee is $700 and there is the opportunity for 25 participants to each be granted a $600 scholarship. Participants will have the opportunity to earn up to 40 renewal units for their professional development requirements. Visit the Field School webpage for more information and the application.
SUMMER OUTDOOR SKILLS CAMPS
The Preserve hosts two summer camps in July and August for youth ages 12 -18 to learn a variety of outdoor skills. The Goal of our camps is to introduce campers to outdoor educational activities that will instill and appreciation of our natural surroundings and their conservation. During the July camp, campers will have the opportunity to earn the Bowhunter Education Certification.
The cost of each camp is $250 per camper which includes all meals, instruction and activities, campsite, and facilities. Full and partial scholarships are available through our scholarship application.
The Preserve can work with your instructors to develop a program that would complement the school's curriculum during your stay at the Preserve. Programs may include leave no trace, outdoor survival, water quality monitoring, animal tracking, plant sampling and identification, birds and mammals, and tree identification, among others.
The Preserve has an established partnership with Montana State University (MSU). MSU uses the Preserve for a variety of research, allowing consistent data collection year after year conducted by an ongoing cohort of students. MSU also takes advantage of our facilities to conduct week-long summer programs for students. In 2017 we expanded the use of the Preserve by MSU students and faculty, and increased the scope and impact of research being offered to, and conducted by faculty and students. Excitingly, we are also working with other cooperators to form the Yellowstone Education and Research Network (YEARN), to help create stronger and more meaningful links across the Yellowstone Ecosystem.
We are grateful to the Moonlight Community Foundation for supporting our efforts to expand this partnership.