EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING

With 4,500 acres to explore, Jack Creek Preserve is the ideal place to bring your class or group.  Our Outdoor Education Center helps us to provide programs that connect indoor learning with outdoor investigations of the landscape.  The Jack Creek Preserve Foundation offers a number of educational opportunities for all ages, or you may use the property to enhance learning in your own programs.  A few are listed below and we are happy to customize learning experiences for you and your group.  We are also willing to bring programs to our partners. Other programs may include interpretive hikes, water quality monitoring, weed identification and edible plants, nature drawing and photography, among others. 

 

FAMILY PROGRAMMING

We are creating new opportunities for families to get outdoors together, learn skills, and begin a lasting connection to nature.  Such activities will include Family Archery Days, Family Camping, Cast Iron Cooking, wildflower hikes, among others, as well as a new two-day Bow Hunter Certification Class.  Most of these programs will be free and open to the public. 

Dates will be announced soon, and please feel free to call for more information. 406-995-7880 or info@jackcreekpreserve.org.

 

SCHOOL PROGRAMS

The Preserve offers outdoor experiential curriculum to enrich school programs through field days and overnights at the Preserve. We design programs specifically for your school or class that are age appropriate to help meet your education goals. Programs may include water quality monitoring, animal tracking, plant sampling and identification, birds and mammals, tree identification, geology and soil sampling, 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 furs and feathers, pelts and pawprints, skulls and skins to your class to help teach about where animals live, what they eat, and how they survive our crazy 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.  

 

PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMMING

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 idetification, and other team activities to foster critical thinking, confidence and community participation.

The Preserve also provides programming for partners during the summer free of charge.  We will be happy to participate in your camp, event, conference if the schedule allows.  

 

COOPERATIVE RESEARCH

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 hope to expand the use of the Preserve by MSU students and faculty, and increase 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.

 

ARCHERY

A large part of the Preserve's focus is to protects 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 principles 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 also bring our archery program to our partners.  In 2016 we are working with Big Sky Youth Camps, Bear Creek Days, Big Sky Youth Empowerment among others.