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Our Why

The mission of the University of Idaho College of Natural Resources’ McCall Outdoor Science School is to transform the lives of individuals and our communities through innovative research and educational experiences.

We envision vibrant, diverse and inclusive communities, empowered to ask difficult questions and transform ways of thinking, to collaboratively and compassionately sustain the social and ecological systems that provide for us.

As a whole, the MOSS faculty and staff value creativity, sustainability, diversity, inclusion, integrity, collaboration, and reflection.


This school is operated by the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources. The University and its partners use MOSS to foster scientific literacy, leadership skills and open-minded dialogue through graduate and professional education, youth science programs, seminars and more. The school was founded in 2001 and remains the only publicly operated K-12 residential outdoor school in Idaho.

The University of Idaho extends gratitude to the indigenous people that call this place home, since time immemorial. We recognize that it is our academic responsibility to build relationships with the indigenous people to ensure integrity of tribal voices.


Snow Science

Correlation Between Water and Snowpack

Albertson Foundation ID21 Grand Prize

Albertson Foundation ID21 Grand Prize

Albertson Foundation ID21 Grand Prize

Albertson Foundation ID21 Grand Prize


Graduate Studies

Learn to teach science in the outdoors, earn a graduate degree.

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Watch your student grow as they learn in small teams in many hands-on environments.

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Summer Education

Field Science Expeditions and adventure filled day camps for younger students.

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Educational groups for workshops, seminars and courses.

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Wilderness First Responder

Backcountry first aid, brought to you by NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute.

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University Scholar Program

Activities that bring science to a broader audience.

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Our People

Staff and students at MOSS have a passion for quality instruction and lifelong learning through a collaborative, positive working and learning environment. Our goal is continued development of a year-round education and resource facility that offers a unique place for students of any learning style. We hope these hands-on projects and outdoor field activities help students understand key scientific and ecological principles.

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Betsy Booth

Food Services and Sustainability Manager

Betsy Delph


MOSS Stories

Powering Lives

Idaho Power/MOSS Commercial

Contact Us

College of Natural Resources

Physical Address:
1800 University Lane
McCall, ID 83638

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1025
McCall, ID 83638

Phone: 208-885-1080

Fax: 208-634-5244



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