Apply for financial aid, write grants, apply for scholarships, get a job. While at MOSS, you may have the opportunity to earn a little spending money through work study positions.
Yes. If we offer you a position in the program and you accept, a $1,500 nonrefundable deposit is required within 14 days of acceptance in order to hold your seat in the program. If the deposit is not received within this timeframe, your seat will be forfeited to the next student on the waiting list. Once paid, the deposit is nonrefundable should you choose to relinquish your seat at a later time.
The week starts with a briefing meeting Monday morning before the students arrive. The afternoon is spent getting acquainted with the group of 7-10 students. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are field days. Grads will meet as a group before taking their student group out into Ponderosa State Park for the entire day. Thursday grads will guide their group through the creation of a final project and presentation of the project happens Friday morning before the students head back to their school. The afternoon is spent resetting the supplies used and debriefing as a group.
The cohort will be split into two groups. Grads will take courses with about 10 peers. We have a large, 30-foot yurt that serves as the graduate classroom. Grads meet there weekdays 9am 5pm. For a list of graduate courses, please take a look at the academic experience page.
Yes, we will be running a course on site in August. The details for enrollment will be in your acceptance information.
Whether you need time off from a class week or teaching week, you are missing time in a graduate course. Time off needs to be approved on an individual case by case basis. Your time away may or may not affect your grade in that course. We observe all federal holidays with the exception of Columbus Day and Veteran’s Day.
Roughly following the University of Idaho academic calendar:
- Starting mid/late August Monday- Friday
- The Friday before Thanksgiving week at 4 p.m. is the beginning of break, returning the Monday after Thanksgiving at 9 a.m.
- Christmas/Winter break usually begins the end of the second week in December
- Semester resumes the weekday after New Year’s Day at 9 a.m.
- Spring Break is in March or April, depending
The teaching semester concludes at the end of May
Living in McCall on or off campus
There are 18 double occupancy lodging spaces on the McCall Field Campus. There are 10 spaces in yurts and 8 spaces in cabins. These spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis. Once all available housing spaces have been filled, additional accepted students will need to make housing arrangements in McCall or the surrounding area.
Maybe. Only after we know how many students will be attending the program in a given academic year and we know how many of them want to live on campus vs. off campus will we know if any students can be assigned a single living residence. Typically, this can only be determined very close to the start of the academic year so it might interfere with a student’s ability to find housing in McCall and the surrounding area. If a student is absolutely sure they want a single, we suggest they look for housing off-campus as soon as they know they will be enrolling in the program.
McCall Outdoor Science School
University of Idaho – McCall Field Campus
P.O. Box 1025
1800 University Lane*
McCall, ID 83638
This is the address you will use. You do not need to get your own post office box.
* If you are sending anything by any means other than the U.S. Postal Service (i.e., FedEx or UPS), you need to provide the physical address.
Plan to pack outdoor-essentials like warm layers, rain coat, winter coat, etc. as well as comfortable indoor clothes for learning weeks. We don’t often have reason to get dressed up but it’s always nice to have a few nicer outfits just in case! Consider bringing your camping, boating, climbing, backpacking or other outdoor equipment as there are many opportunities for exploring Idaho. If you have favorite items for staying comfortable in the outdoors, be sure to bring them with you. Rooms have beds, dressers, lamps and small refrigerators. There is not much room for extra furniture.
No. The McCall Field Campus is 1.3 miles (25 minute walk) from downtown McCall. There is a great bike path from the campus to town as well as public transportation.
The MOSS meal plan includes all meals we cook for MOSS K12 Residential Programs. If there is a school group on campus, you eat with the participants. No school group on campus, you create culinary delights for yourself. Check out the sample menu here for an idea of what to expect, including a detailed list of breakfast, field lunch, dinner and salad bar options. While the menu can (and does!) change according to the availability of ingredients, recipe tweaks and special requests, you can always count on tasty, kid-friendly meals with multiple fruit and vegetable options. If you have any food allergies or special food needs, the cooks will work with you to the best of their ability to meet your needs.
The graduate student lounge space is called the "Cook's Cabin" and also includes a full kitchen and a full bath.
The cabins have a small bathroom with a toilet and a shower. There is a bunk bed, a table/chairs, a small fridge, and a kitchen area. All cabins have electricity and electric heat. The yurts have a bunk bed, a table/chairs and a small fridge. There is a ceiling light and sometimes a lamp or two. All yurts have electricity and propane heat. The gender specific restroom is a short walk away. Please do not use appliances (i.e., electric kettles, microwaves, toasters, etc.) in the yurts. You can still bring these items and use them in the Cook's Cabin (the grad kitchen and hang-out space).