Outdoor Education

zipper failure, camping, Bozeman, tent zipper
Colleen Tretter
Tent-care tips. Outdoorspeople know there are three guarantees in life: death, taxes, and zipper failure. None are any fun, and I’ll avoid the first two, but hopefully these tips will help you with the latter inevitability. Read more >>
Wave Train Kayak School, Youth Kayaking, Bozeman
David Tucker
Getting Bozeman's youth in motion. 
Melynda Harrison
Student stories from Mount Ellis Academy.
astronomy, mars, the red planet
Jim Manning
The red planet lives.It’s the color. Lurid, baleful red, blazing unblinking in the night sky. Like a burning ember, or a drop of blood. No wonder this “wandering star” in the realm of the gods was associated with grisly characters. Read more >>
nature, education, outdoor school, wilderness school
Dawn Brintnall
Getting educated in nature. 
safety, first aid, rescue
the editors
For all its rugged beauty, Montana’s backcountry holds its fair share of danger. Avalanches, lightning, frigid water, bears, rattlesnakes… the list goes on. Read more >>
edible plants, survival, nature
Mike England
Every year, I vow to learn more about native foliage, from shrub and tree ID to wildflower names to edible plants. Read more >>
boating, safety
John Way
Water is a destructive element. Places like Bighorn Canyon, with thousand-foot cliffs carved by water, are a testament to its constant power. Read more >>
tipi, tipi ring, bozeman, native history, archaeology
Patti Albrecht
Finding native history in the rocks. 
hunting, field dressing, Bozeman
Nick Bennett
If you’re a big-game hunter, you’ve probably been mulling over your opening-day hunt for the past few weeks, hoping that your preparation time will pay off quickly once the season starts. Read more >>
native trout, bozeman trout, Outside Bozeman, catch-and-kill
Jeff Kershner
Restoring native trout through catch-and-kill. 
Poison hemlock
Whitney Tilt
Avoiding poison hemlock. 
Photo by John Juracek
Way, John
Floating Etiquette.
Cutthroat fishing in Montana, fly-fishing Montana, catch and release
the editors
Or you won't catch them again. "Game fish are too valuable to be caught only once.”—Lee Wulff, father of catch-and-release fishing Read more >>
Jenny Sheets
Once those little white flakes start falling from the sky, dreams of powder turns and face-shots begin as you wait for the little blue light atop the Hotel Baxter to start flashing, announcing fresh snow at Bridger Bowl. Read more >>
Beaudoin, Kate
It’s hard not to feel like a kid in a candy store at Bozeman’s Spire Climbing Center. With over 8,000 square feet of climbing at an indoor facility that features new Skittle-colored routes every week, novice and expert climbers alike would be hard-pressed to find a better way to spend the day. Read more >>
England, Mike
If you need help fostering a love of the outdoors instead of a fascination with computers, bring the young’uns out to the Bozeman Fish Technology Center on May 21 for the 13th Annual Watershed Festival. Read more >>
Harrison, Melynda
Many of us have memories of playing outside as children—my brother and I, for example, loved the old oak tree near our house. Its large limbs bent down to the ground; we’d scoot through the leaves to the secret interior where we could be whoever we wanted. Read more >>
Sam Roloff
Swiftwater training in southwest Montana.
Western, Sally
Interested in getting your Wilderness First Aid certification, exploring the natural sciences firsthand, or fostering your child’s outdoor leadership skills? Fortunately, Bozeman is rich with outdoor-education programs for adults and kids. Read more >>
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