McCall Outdoor Science School Cultivates Green-STEM Program

Friday, July 30 2010

Written by Sue McMurray

MCCALL, Idaho – A new $50,000 Steele-Reese Foundation grant will support the University of Idaho’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education initiative. STEM is part of a national effort to ensure that all American students receive the skills and knowledge required for success in the 21st century workforce.

The McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) will use the grant to implement a Green-STEM education program that facilitates teaching, learning, research and outreach through place-based inquiry. Place-learning curriculum incorporates specific landscapes and ecosystems such as bodies of waters, land, forests, mountains and communities of the inland Pacific Northwest. Green-STEM also incorporates a four pronged focus on community assets: education, business, arts and culture, and community service.

“This is our second grant from Steele-Reese; they helped us get started when other foundations were hesitant to take a risk on us,” said Steven Hollenhorst, MOSS director. “This grant will help us bring environmental science education programs to many more K-12 students and teachers across Idaho.”

The program’s hands-on, real-world learning experiences will help students develop stronger ties to their communities, enhance their appreciation for the natural world, and create a heightened commitment to serving as active, contributing citizens.
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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 130 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. The university is home to the Vandals, the 2009 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl champions. For information, visit

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit