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Montana Learning Center
7653 Canyon Ferry Road
Helena, MT 59602-8517

Phone: (406) 475-3638

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Mission Statement

The Montana Learning Center at Canyon Ferry Lake provides and promotes quality immersion experiences for all in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) in a unique lakeside environment.

“The Montana Learning Center provides amazing professional development for teachers across our state. I walked away with great lesson plans, a new perspective, and tons of resources for my classroom. Every session is hands on and engaging. Each one easily allows teachers to expand their thinking, and has pushed me as an educator.”

- April Wills from Bainville School

Dear Friend,

Were you lucky enough to have a teacher like April? A teacher who inspired you to dream about your future, to expand your horizons? Both teachers and students are fortunate to experience enlightening sessions from some of the best Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) educators at the Montana Learning Center (MLC).

Your generosity makes educational sessions for elementary and middle school teachers possible. Selected teachers participate at no cost to themselves or their school district. They take the lessons learned at MLC back to their students, sharing their experiences this year and in years to come. One of the 18 teachers who attended the STEAM in the Rockies session this fall said how beneficial it was for her: “I’m hoping that I can just instill a love of learning with my students through this. In my 13 years of teaching, I have never attended a workshop as meaningful as this. Thank you for the opportunity!”

A parent let us know, “This is year two for my kids at MLC, and both years they've started making plans for their return the next summer on the way home from camp because they can't wait. The instructors are fantastic, certified teachers. The hands-on STEAM activities are challenging, engaging and fun. And, the location at Canyon Ferry provides for everything that kids should experience in their summer.” These boys were two of the 230 students who participated in residential and day camps this year. Camp themes ranged from Engineering in Nature to Earth & Space Science. Young people attending camp this year were challenged to problem solve, create, design and work together to develop solutions at MLC’s unique, outdoor setting.

No child is turned away because of an inability to pay. Scholarships are available to students who send a letter and let us know what they would like to learn at MLC. It takes $500 to sponsor a camper. That is not a small number, but it makes a big difference for the kids we serve.

You may remember that special teacher or how an engaging educational experience changed your life, giving you a chance to expand your imagination and think differently about your future. Because of people like you, who understand what a difference STEAM education can make, hundreds of Montana kids experience camp while hundreds more, from Clancy to Bainville, learn from teachers inspired at MLC.

Please help campers and teachers from all corners of Montana by making a contribution today. Your donation gives Montana kids a pathway to successful careers and enriched lives.


Ryan Hannahoe
Executive Director

P.S.  Giving is easy. Visit us at the link above to give securely online. Your gift today helps assure a brighter future for students throughout Montana. Your partnership matters. 

 Montana Learning Center at Canyon Ferry Lake is a non-profit organization providing educational enrichment through critical thinking with the goal to inspire our next generation to do extraordinary things for the betterment of society. The MLC has proudly been serving students and teachers since 1984.