MOSS Wins Prestigious Award

Monday, June 10 2013


BOISE, Idaho – The award-winning McCall Outdoor School – or MOSS – is a regional winner of the W.K. Kellogg Engagement Scholarship Award. The award program honors colleges and universities that have redesigned their learning, discovery and engagement functions to become even more involved with their communities.

MOSS embodies the University of Idaho’s land grant mission of teaching, research, outreach and engagement in a collaborative environment.

“The W.K. Kellogg Engagement Scholarship Award is a prestigious honor for the MOSS program and shows the high standard of excellence the MOSS programs are achieving in providing innovative learning opportunities for K-12 students,” UI Interim President Don Burnett said.

MOSS partners with elementary, middle and secondary schools, as well as colleges and government agencies by offering hands-on learning experiences for students from kindergarten through graduate school.

MOSS has been designed to provide an active education model for teachers and their students.

“The McCall Outdoor Science School engages Idaho’s children in real-world discovery of how science can help people understand and solve problems,” said Kurt Pregitzer, dean of the College of Natural Resources. “The program captivates students and empowers them to study nature. MOSS helps students develop a passion for further education in the area of science, engineering, technology and math.”

MOSS was founded in 2001 and that year served 80 fifth and sixth graders from four Idaho communities. In less than 12 years, MOSS now serves 2,500 students, their parents, 150 teachers from 45 schools and 18 graduate students annually.

The W.K. Kellogg Engagement Scholarship awards four regional winners from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). Each regional winner receives $5,000 and one regional winner will be selected for the prestigious C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award. The winner of that award will receive $20,000. Other APLU regional winners include Pennsylvania State University, Ohio State University and the University of Texas at El Paso.

Past national award winners include Virginia Tech, Arizona State University and Pennsylvania State University.
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