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.
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.
We are also able to bring some programs to your classroom. At the Preserve, we are literally surrounded by wildlife, but it isn’t very often you get to see any critters up close. We will bring feathers, pelts, paw prints, skulls and skins to your class to help teach about where animals live, what they eat, and how they survive our harsh climate. Plus, we’ve got games and activities to help students experience the wildlife themselves! They learn where our wild neighbors like to eat, sleep and play so they’ll know just where to go to watch them all year round.
The Preserve provides educational programming for our nonprofit and other partners to create exciting outdoor learning that takes advantage of our location and property. We will meet with you to learn about your program goals and design opportunities at the Preserve that take advantage of our wilderness setting and help you meet our mutual goals. Programs might include (and are not limited to) Leave no Trace, fire building, plant identification, and other team activities to foster critical thinking, confidence and community participation.
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 partenership.
SUMMER YOUTH CAMPS
The Preserve hosts two summer youth camps in July and August for youth aged 12 -18 years old. These camps focus on teaching outdoor skills and conservation. The July camp is focused on archery and campers will have the opportunity to earn the Bow Hunter Education Certificate. The August camp is our traditional archery and outdoor skills camp.
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.
A large part of the Preserve's focus is to protect our natural and historical heritage by promoting responsible hunting and the important role that hunting plays in wildlife conservation. The values of bow hunting are consistent, indeed inherent, with the core principals we all want to teach and instill in our children and youth - confidence, patience, and proficiency to name a few. It is a discipline that the Jack Creek Preserve Foundation seeks to promote through our summer youth camps, school programs, archery range, and other programs. We provide archery instruction and programs at the Preserve, and we bring our archery instruction and programs to our partners. In the past, we have worked with organizations and events such as Big Sky Youth Camps, Bear Creek Days, and Big Sky youth Empowerment.