Montana Learning Center - Explore the Universe


Session 1: Sun, July 07, 2019 - Thu, July 11, 2019


7653 Canyon Ferry Road
HELENA Montana 59602

Contact Info

Phone: 4064753638



Are you ready to explore the universe? Then this astronomy camp is designed for you! Campers will go through different hands-on activities designed to gain astronomical knowledge and enhance their observing skills. In addition they will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art telescopes and cameras to image the night sky. By the end of the camp, they will have developed a journal and observation plan to further their exploration into the final frontier. Sign up today -- the universe awaits! Campers will experience the wonder of the night sky and learn about astronomy at the largest public observatory in Montana that is located on our campus. Weather permitting, students will observe the moon, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and safely observe the sun. There will be nightly star parties. Cloudy night activities are also planned. Students will learn about the phases and features of the moon and how to observe Jupiter and Saturn. They will process images of Pluto and other deep-sky objects. A unique daytime activity will give campers the chance to view the sun safely through a solar telescope. Fun activities include scavenger hunts, astronomy games, sketching planets and enjoying our lakeside environment. This five-day overnight camp is for students entering the 9th - 12th grades and is limited to 12 participants. The cost is $750 per camper, and includes housing, meals, snacks, supplies and all activities. Special thanks to Peter Detterline, observatory director for the Mars Society for helping to design and to co-teach the first astronomy camp at Montana Learning Center. Peter also teaches astronomy at the college level. Our executive director, Ryan Hannahoe, will also be co-teaching this camp. Ryan had a long career in astronomy before joining us at the MLC.