How can I find additional funding to support my graduate program at the UI MOSS program?
Apply for financial aid, write grants, apply for scholarships, get a job. While at MOSS, you may have the opportunity to earn a little spending money through work study positions.
Is there a deposit to hold my seat in the program?
Yes. If we offer you a position in the program and you accept, a $1,500 nonrefundable deposit is required within 14 days of acceptance in order to hold your seat in the program. If the deposit is not received within this timeframe, your seat will be forfeited to the next student on the waiting list. Once paid, the deposit is nonrefundable should you choose to relinquish your seat at a later time.
What will my teaching weeks be like?
The week starts with a briefing meeting Monday morning before the students arrive. The afternoon is spent getting acquainted with the group of 7-10 students. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are field days. Grads will meet as a group before taking their student group out into Ponderosa State Park for the entire day. Thursday grads will guide their group through the creation of a final project and presentation of the project happens Friday morning before the students head back to their school. The afternoon is spent resetting the supplies used and debriefing as a group.
What will my class weeks be like?
The cohort will be split into two groups. Grads will take courses with about 10 peers. We have a
large, 30-foot yurt that serves as the graduate classroom. Grads meet there weekdays 8am 5pm. For a list of graduate courses, please take a look at the academic experience page.
I do not have WFA certification. Can I get this through MOSS?
Yes, we will be running a course on site in August. The details for enrollment will be in your acceptance information.
Can I take any time off? What type of personal and vacation time will I have?
Whether you need time off from a class week or teaching week, you are missing time in a graduate course. Time off needs to be approved on an individual case by case basis. Your time away may or may not affect your grade in that course. We observe all federal holidays with the exception of Columbus Day and Veteran’s Day.
Roughly following the University of Idaho academic calendar:
- Starting mid/late August Monday- Friday
- The Friday before Thanksgiving week at 4pm is the beginning of break, returning the Monday after Thanksgiving at 9am
- Christmas/Winter break usually begins the end of the second week in December
- Semester resumes the weekday after New Year’s Day at 9am
- Spring Break is in March or April, depending
Living in McCall on or off campus FAQ
McCall Outdoor Science School
University of Idaho – McCall Field Campus
P.O. Box 1025
1800 University Lane*
McCall, ID 83638
This is the address you will use. You do not need to get your own post office box.
* If you are sending anything by any means other than the U.S. Postal Service (i.e., FedEx or UPS), you need to provide the physical address.
Plan to pack outdoor-essentials like warm layers, rain coat, winter coat, etc. as well as comfortable indoor clothes for learning weeks. We don’t often have reason to get dressed up but it’s always nice to have a few nicer outfits just in case. Consider bringing your camping, boating, climbing, backpacking or other outdoor equipment as there are many opportunities for exploring Idaho. If you have favorite items for staying comfortable in the outdoors, be sure to bring them with you. Rooms have beds, dressers, lamps and small refrigerators. There is not much room for extra furniture.
No. The McCall Field Campus is 1.3 miles (25 minute walk) from downtown McCall. There is a great bike path from the campus to town as well as public transportation.
The majority of eaters at MOSS during your residency will be 5th and 6th graders, and the food is catered to their tastes. Graduate students eat with the MOSS students during the week. There is always a salad bar with a wide variety of choices, and we always provide options that will appeal to our more health conscious adults and those with dietary restrictions. If you have any food allergies or special food needs, the cooks will work with you to the best of their ability to meet your needs. When you live on campus, you also have a meal plan. Every time the kitchen cooks a meal, it is available to you as well. On weekends or weekdays when there are no meals on campus, graduate students have the opportunity to request specific food from the Kitchen Manager. The graduate student lounge space is called the "Cook's Cabin" and also includes a full kitchen and a full bath.
The cabins have a small bathroom with a toilet and a shower. There is a bunk bed, a table/chairs, a small fridge and a kitchen area. All cabins have electricity and electric heat.
The yurts have a bunk bed, a table/chairs and a small fridge. There is a ceiling light and sometimes a lamp or two. All yurts have electricity and propane heat. The gender specific restroom is a short walk away. Please do not use appliances (i.e., electric kettles, microwaves, toasters, etc.) in the yurts. You can still bring these items and use them in the Cook's Cabin (the grad kitchen and hang-out space).
Inside a yurt:
Inside a cabin: