UI’s MOSS Named Kellogg Community Engagement Award Winner, Competing for National Magrath Award

Wednesday, September 11 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho — The McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS), an outreach program of the University of Idaho College of Natural Resources, is the 2013 W.K. Kellogg Foundation West region winner for its success in creating a learning environment that promotes engagement and discovery in the community.

As a result, the UI is one of four universities competing nationally for the prestigious C. Peter Magrath University/Community Engagement Award. The winner will be selected from the four regional winners at the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference at Texas Tech University in October.

Pennsylvania State University, Ohio State University, the University of Texas, El Paso and the University of Idaho represent the four regional winners that will complete nationally for the Magrath Award

MOSS is Idaho’s only publicly operated K-12 outdoor science school and is located on the College of Natural Resources’ McCall Field Campus in McCall, Idaho. MOSS hosts more than 2,500 K-12 students annually at the residential campus where students spend up to a week engaged in STEM learning and scientific discovery in this unique setting.

“Both the W.K. Kellogg Engagement Scholarship Award (regional) and the C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award (national) are the highest honors bestowed upon American land grant universities for community engagement,” said Greg Fizzell, program director at MOSS. “We are honored that we have been recognized for operating at this level.”

UI graduate students, under the direction of College of Natural Resources faculty, are the instructors at MOSS. This hands-on teaching environment not only benefits graduate students, but also exposes K-12 teachers and community members to university-level programming and training.

Operation of MOSS is made possible by partnerships with a long list of public and private funding sources.

"The amazing thing about MOSS is how many different foundations, agencies, universities, schools and individuals band together to support the education of Idaho's children. MOSS continues to pave the way in the area of K-12 STEM community engagement," said Kurt Pregitzer, dean of the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho.

“MOSS is positioned to be a national winner because of our unique blend of university level research and educational programming that engages with Idaho communities in a mutually beneficial partnership resulting in meaningful impacts for participants at multi-generational levels. In addition, our STEM focus meets a critical need for Idaho and the nation as we seek more and better prepared students in these areas,” Fizzell said.
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Media Contact: Jodi Walker, College of Natural Resources, (208) 885-2737, jwalker@uidaho.edu