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Grizzly Bear Conservation and Management Class

June 26 - 28, 2020 Learn about Grizzly Bears - adaptations, ecology, and coexistence at Jack Creek Preserve. Learn about the grizzly recovery areas, their population estimates, and the challenge of promoting connectivity between grizzly population in the Northern Rockies to insure genetic diversity. Contact Robin Hompesch for details on the curriculum and Abi King for any questions about registration, the venue, meals, etc.

Bison Study-5 Day Field Experience

Ecology Project International (EPI) inspires science education and conservation through field-based student-scientist partnerships for students in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming.  They have ongoing camps for students and PD for teachers.  Scholarships are available.

Summer Institute (formerly MBI)

Save the dates of June 15 through the 18, 2020!  Hosted at Montana State University in Bozeman, the 2020 Summer Institute registration  opens April 1, 2020.  The 2020 Summer Institute features professional development on:

  • MTSS Overview for Tier 1,2, and 3
  • Restorative Practices
  • Risk Assessment
  • Math Hacks
  • Building a Caring Classroom
  • You Think You're Trauma Informed?
  • IEFA Strands - Our Culture is Our Solution
  • Using STEM Activities for Integration in the K-5 Classroom
  • Science Assessment Breakdown
  • ...and much more

Housing at the MSU Residence Halls is available for $50/room, and attendees can receive two Graduate Credits; two Undergraduate Credits or OPI renewal units. Please contact Allyson Alexander at 406-444-0688 or Colet Bartow 406-444-3583 for more information. 

NASA Call for Proposals

Research Announcement: Science Activation Program Integration.  NASA Science Mission Directorate's Science Activation Program seeks proposals from US institutions to further enable NASA science experts to more effectively and efficiently reach learners of all ages.  Notice of Intent Deadline is March 25, Proposal Deadline is May 27. Contact for questions.  

InvenTeams Grant

The InvenTeam initiative, created by the Lemelson-MIT Program, offers an unparalleled opportunity for high school students to cultivate their creativity and experience invention.  InventTeams are teams of high school students, educators, and mentors that receive grants up to $10,000 to invent technological solutions to real-world problems.  Educators apply on behalf of their team and the deadline to enter is April 6, 2020.

Farm to School

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March 18, Fairview, MT Experience farm to school in action in Fairview.  Attendees will join Fairview students in celebration of Ag Day and tour the school's garden. Registration is now open. 

May 6, Hardin, MT:  Learn how Hardin School District Implements farm to school, as they incorporate Native foods and traditional techniques into school curriculum. Registration is now open. 

Free Webinar EdWeb: Research for Students

Thursday, Mar 19 @ 12:00pm, Make Scientific Research Accessible for Students: Plant Species and Pollinator Conservation

Medical Science/Research for MS & HS Teachers

Middle school and high school teachers interested in incorporating scientific research into your classrooms may be interested in this workshop.  Learn about the history and aims of the REACH Program, receive instruction and practice with air quality and cardiovascular monitors, review and provide feedback for classroom activities covering cardiovascular health, research design, and population health, and conduct and present a small-scale air quality research project. The workshop takes place August 10-11 at the University of Montana from 9:00am to 3:00pm.  Registration is open and attendees receive a $400.00 stipend plus travel cost reimbursement. For more information email,

Computer Science

There are several opportunities for 6-12 teachers to broaden learning in their classrooms with computer science

Montana University System Summer 2020 Professional Development opportunities, limited stipends and travel support available

June 15-19 MSU-B, Joy and Beauty of Computing (JBC)

June 15-19 Great Falls: Mobile CSP

June 23-25 Missoula: Python for Math & Science, integrating pre-made modules, contact 

June 22-26 Missoula: Game Programming, contact

July 6-10 Bozeman Computer Science in the Classroom: The Joy and Beauty of Data

Summer Camp for grown-ups!

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August 18 - 30, 2020: Are you 18 or older and want to experience the fun that you remember having as a kid - exploring, experimenting, and collaborating? Contact the Montana Learning Center for more details!

Camps are available for kids of all ages also! 

MedStart Summer Camp for HS sophomores and Juniors

For your high school students who may be interested in the medical fields, these camps give extra insight.  There are scholarships for students who demonstrate financial need and camps are available at several different locations around the state, find out more and apply at  MedStart 2020.

  • University of Montana, Missoula: June 7-11
  • University of Providence/Great Falls College: June 14-18
  • Miles Community College, Miles City: July 12-16
  • Montana Tech/Carroll College, Butte/Helena: July 19-24
  • Montana State University-Billings: July 26-30

Student Energy Leadership

NEED's Youth Award Program encourages and rewards student leadership and innovation. There are programs for all ages.  Find out more about incorporating this in your school and science curriculum!

Exploration Works Kids Camps

Camps for kids begin June 15th and run through the week of August 17.  To find out more about these camps go to Exploration Works Summer Camps.

Calendar of Events & Opportunities


Keep updated with new opportunities, professional development, and science resources at the Montana OPI's Science Page.  

This message was sent by Michelle McCarthy, Science Instructional Coordinator.  You can reach Michelle by email at or by calling (406) 444-3537.  

The OPI is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation, require an alternate format, or have questions concerning accessibility, contact the OPI ADA Coordinator, 406-444-3161,, TTY 406-444-0235.