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McCall Outdoor Science School

More than a field trip

At MOSS, we want all students to feel a sense of belonging. We invite students to explore their unique identities and strengths, work together with others, and investigate complex issues in our local and global communities. We believe that all learning is personal, based on first-hand observations.  So, whether they are hiking through a state park and observing a sagebrush, canoeing on a glacial lake while collecting water quality data, or building a snow structure with different layers of the snowpack, students in MOSS programs are making connections with one another and the natural world!

Social and ecological communities are our classrooms. At MOSS students learn that deep knowledge of math, science, and social studies help us understand how the world works and how to ensure equity, justice and sustainability among all living things. Through the MOSS experience, students leave with a better understanding of how to take care of themselves, how to take care of each other, and how to take care of the places we all live.

What Makes a Moss Experience? Science Identity, Sense of Place, & Community Skills Venn Diagram
MOSS Student Outcomes.

Our Programs

Residential Programs

These 4-5 day programs provide an unforgettable learning experience for 4th through 8th grade public, private, charter and homeschool students. We can customize our programs to meet your specific academic or social development goals. Click to find out more

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Adventure Day Camp

Throughout the summer students explore the outdoors, play games, make crafts, hike, swim, and make new friendships. Topics will complement the nature play and summertime adventures that kids love while practicing social and emotional skills.

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Outreach Programs

As capacity allows, MOSS offers 1-5 day Outreach Programs at the UI McCall Field Campus or in a school’s local community.

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Background Check Policy

All adults teaching and facilitating our programs have passed background checks. View the University of Idaho Administrators Procedural Manual Protecting Minors section for more information: We encourage you to consider your school’s protecting minors best practices in regard to the teachers, chaperones and volunteers you recruit to participate in this program.

Contact Us

College of Natural Resources

Physical Address:
1800 University Lane
McCall, ID 83638

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1025
McCall, ID 83638

Phone: 208-885-1080

Fax: 208-634-5244



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