Montana Outdoor Science School (MOSS)
The Bozeman Fish Technology Center (BFTC) has been joined on site by the Montana Outdoor Science School (MOSS), Bozeman’s non-profit outdoor science education organization. MOSS moved their administrative offices to the Center grounds as part of an expansion of their partnership with the BFTC. MOSS has been sponsoring outdoor science programs at the Bozeman for over a decade, including the annual Watershed Festival and Make-a-Splash Day. By moving to the Center, MOSS is provided office space and has access to a spectacular array of natural areas for use as outdoor classrooms. In return, BFTC will gain assistance with outreach and can host and participate in outdoor education programs for children.
Nearly 16 years ago, Martha Collins, Louise Forrest, and Martha Kauffman started a summer camp with the simple goal of creating fun, hands-on nature experiences for kids. Armed with experience as educators, mediators, scientists, authors, and moms, the trio shared an extraordinary vision that our lives are enriched when we have a greater understanding of our natural surroundings.
Today, MOSS has grown to reach thousands of students within Gallatin Valley and beyond through year-round K-12 programming. Offerings include MOSS programs during school, after school, PIR days, community-wide festivals, and our signature summer camp series. MOSS is committed to getting kids outside, engaging students in place-based inquiry activities, and training educators in cutting-edge teaching practices.
The community benefits from this partnership through increased use of public trails and natural areas as well as interpretation of the BFTC science and research program, coordinated by education professionals. In the future, this partnership could lead to community projects like a nature center or outdoor venue to host educational events.To learn more about MOSS, visit: http://www.outdoorscience.org
Friends of Bozeman Fish Technology Center
Friends of the Bozeman Fish Technology Center (BFTC) is a nonprofit organization of volunteers who care about the future of the Center’s grounds, programs, and the community’s connection with BFTC. To become a ‘Friend’ and volunteer for community involvement, education and fundraising, contact the Friends of BFTC. For more information about the Friends Group, call (406) 994-9951.
Friends Interim Board Members
Cydni Crayton - Interim Board Chair
Pat Dwyer - retired USFWS
Steve Eshbaugh, Executive Director of MOSS
Jack Jelinski - Montana State University
Robert Muth - BFTC Director
Wess Orr - retired USFWS
Bob Piper - retired USFWS
Whitney Tilt - Sonoran Institute
Last updated: March 28, 2012