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School Residential Programs

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All adults teaching and facilitating our programs have passed background checks. View the University of Idaho Administrators Procedural Manual Protecting Minors section for more information: We encourage you to consider your school’s protecting minors best practices in regard to the teachers, chaperones and volunteers you recruit to participate in this program.

Operating in the fall, winter, and spring, these 4-5 day programs provide an unforgettable learning experience for 5th and 6th grade public, private, charter and homeschool students. We can customize our programs to meet your specific academic or social development goals.

Travel and Logistics

Transportation to and from the University of Idaho McCall Field Campus is the responsibility of each school. We have seen it done three ways:

  • The school sends a bus and leaves it there for the week with the driver (the driver then participates as an adult chaperone in the program).
  • The school sends a bus, which returns to the school district for the week, and then sends it back at the end of the program to pick the group up.
  • The school/teacher coordinates a carpool with parents/chaperones driving students in personal minivans, etc.

It is also the responsibility of each school to recruit and bring an appropriate number of adult chaperones. The number of chaperones you need to bring depends on the number of students attending the program. Generally, schools should count on bringing one adult per seven students. This number might increase or decrease depending on individual circumstances. High school students are not an acceptable substitute for adult chaperones. McCall Outdoor Science School staff cannot serve as extra chaperones for your group.


Call Sacha Jackson, Campus Operations & Registration Manager, at 208-885-9517 or e-mail to register your class today!


Typically, a program begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 10 a.m.
Check your confirmation letter for more information.

Food Service

The cozy main lodge, complete with beamed ceiling, stone fireplace and a view of the lake, seats up to 60 students for meals. Home cooked meals are served buffet style with a diverse salad bar at dinner. Students prepare their own sack lunch each day to take along during their field studies.

Our professional food service staff provides healthy, nutritious meals for residential program participants and cabin camping guests that:

  • are high in protein with vegetarian options.
  • include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • are as locally sourced as possible with minimal packaging.
  • minimize sugars and trans fats.

We can accommodate those with food allergies given advanced notice.

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McCall Outdoor Science School

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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