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School Residential Programs

Operating in the fall, winter, and spring, these 4-5 day programs provide an unforgettable learning experience for 5th and 6th grade public, private, charter and homeschool students. We can customize our programs to meet your specific academic or social development goals.

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The 5 "Cs" - communication, collaboration, caring, connection, and cooperation - are reinforced during the entire week, in the field, and while sharing chores in small group living. Low instructor-student ratios allow us to give abundant individualized attention. To enroll, please visit our Residential Program enrollment form.

If a participant has a disability, food or drug allergy, dietary requirements or any condition requiring accommodation, contact Disability Support Services (208) 885-6307 at least one week (7 days) prior to the start of the Activity. If your school provides specific services for students—for example but not limited to interpreters, braille, one on one aids, etc.—your school will still be responsible for providing these services while students are at MOSS.

Travel and Logistics

Transportation to and from the University of Idaho McCall Field Campus is the responsibility of each school. We have seen it done three ways:

  • The school sends a bus and leaves it there for the week with the driver (the driver then participates as an adult chaperone in the program).
  • The school sends a bus, which returns to the school district for the week, and then sends it back at the end of the program to pick the group up.
  • The school/teacher coordinates a carpool with parents/chaperones driving students in personal minivans, etc.

It is also the responsibility of each school to recruit and bring an appropriate number of adult chaperones. The number of chaperones you need to bring depends on the number of students attending the program. Generally, schools should count on bringing one adult per seven students. This number might increase or decrease depending on individual circumstances. High school students are not an acceptable substitute for adult chaperones. McCall Outdoor Science School staff cannot serve as extra chaperones for your group.

Registration

Call Sacha Jackson, Campus Operations & Registration Manager, at (208) 310-7083 or e-mail mccall@uidaho.edu to register your class today!

Arrival/Departure

Typically, a program begins at 1p and ends at 10a. Check your confirmation letter for more information.

Food Service

The cozy main lodge, complete with beamed ceiling, stone fireplace and a view of the lake, seats up to 60 students for meals. Home cooked meals are served buffet style with a diverse salad bar at dinner. Students prepare their own sack lunch each day to take along during their field studies.

Our professional food service staff provides healthy, nutritious meals for residential program participants and cabin camping guests that:

  • are high in protein with vegetarian options.
  • include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • are as locally sourced as possible with minimal packaging.
  • minimize sugars and trans fats.

We can accommodate those with food allergies given advanced notice.

Safety Information

Background Check Policy

Student safety is our number one priority at the McCall Outdoor Science School. The University of Idaho Administrators Procedural Manual (APM) includes a Protecting Minors section. Anyone in direct contact with a minor must have a background check; this includes all MOSS staff, faculty and graduate students and all teachers, chaperones, volunteers and adults related to a program. Your school is responsible for initiating background checks for volunteer parent chaperones, for reviewing the results and for deciding who can participate in the program. Please contact Sacha Jackson if you have any questions, sachaj@uidaho.edu, (208) 310-7083.

McCall Outdoor Science School

College of Natural Resources

Physical Address:
1800 University Lane
McCall, ID 83638

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1025
McCall, ID 83638

Phone: 888-634-3918

Fax: 866-540-4833

Email: mccall@uidaho.edu

Web: uidaho.edu/moss

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