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CNR's MOSS Program Is Finalist in UEDA Awards of Excellence Competition

August 13, 2018

Congratulations to the faculty and staff of the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) Program for reaching the final stage of the University Economic Development Association's 2018 Awards of Excellence competition. The University of Idaho-based program was one of only five finalists in the "Talent + Place" category--and one of only 24 finalists overall.

MOSS, operated through U of I's College of Natural Resources, brings place-based outdoor learning to more than 2,100 K-12 students and educators across Idaho annually. Since 2001, the first-of-its-kind initiative has delivered immersive STEM education programming in the context of our state's land, water and communities. It has been measurably successful in building scientific literacy and positive attitudes toward science in Idaho. These efforts have helped Idaho build a STEM-focused population that local communities can benefit from.

The University Economic Development Association (UEDA) uses the annual Awards of Excellence competition as a platform for validating and promoting unique and successful programs like MOSS to encourage their adoption at other institutions and communities. The MOSS program was particularly recognized for its demonstrated impact in leveraging innovative education programming to achieve sustainable regional development.

This October at the UEDA meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, MOSS faculty and staff will present their program as part of a competition with four other universities for first place in their category. Criterion for judging will include replicability, scalability, sustainability, impact and originality.

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