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Missoula Outdoor Learning Adventures

Missoula Montana

Listing Type: Recreation & Adventure Guide
City: Missoula Montana
Region: Glacier Country

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Missoula Outdoor Learning Adventures (MOLA) provides outdoor education programs for the general public, the Missoula school district, the University of Montana, and private groups. MOLA offers programs for all ages, throughout the course of the year, with emphases ranging from outdoor recreation to nature study to historical tours. The majority of MOLA's programs for the general public occur in the summer months, when we offer outdoor adventure for kids and adults.

Kids can choose to join our Summer Camp, separate sections for ages 7-10 years, 11-14 years, and teens. Campers attend one week sessions, and activities each week include hiking, rafting, canoeing, mountain biking, rock climbing, camping, and more. Participants learn outdoor skills, leadership, outdoor ethics, self-confidence, teamwork, judgment, and appreciation for the natural world. Most importantly we have fun!

MOLA's Adult Adventure Programs include options for daily adventures or week-long multisport trips, with activities such as hiking, back packing, rafting, canoeing, mountain biking, rock climbing, camping, fishing, kayaking, and more. Individuals, couples, groups and families may request specialized outings tailored to specific interests, such as nature study or historical tours focusing on Lewis & Clark. Individuals or small groups may join regularly scheduled outings or request their own private guide. Participants can return to town at the end of the day to experience wonderful downtown Missoula.

During the school year, MOLA coordinating and instructional services for school field trips. Our premiere offering is the Outdoor Education Program at Pattee Canyon, which serves sixth-graders of the public middle-schools in Missoula. In this program, over 400 students participate each year, one classroom per day, three times per year. The program is designed to promote awareness, appreciation, understanding, and a sense of stewardship towards our natural resources. All lessons and activities are outside and include team games, wildlife ecology, and a forest discovery hike (fall); cross-country skiing and winter ecology (winter); and a simulated public land-use hearing and 1000ft. peak climb (spring).

Fall and spring semesters, MOLA offers the Outdoor Education Workshop at the University of Montana. This is a 3-credit course designed to provide aspiring educators with the skills and experience necessary to work as leaders &/or educators in the field. The course focuses on educational theory and practice, group dynamics and leadership, and outdoor concerns such as logistics and risk management. This class meets outdoors year 'round and includes numerous field trips to practice outdoor skills such as backpacking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, skiing, mountain biking, and winter camping. Along the way, the course also provides many opportunities for personal development. Enrollment is limited.

During the school year, MOLA offers an Outing Club for Kids from elementary through high school age, providing them with opportunities to participate in outdoor recreation in every season. MOLA also offers specialized skills workshops to the public, including rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and backcountry winter travel, promoting safety in every pursuit. Through out the year, MOLA offers team building workshops and outings for business and other organizations. In addition, MOLA services as outfitter, guide and consultant are offered to individuals, schools and private groups to help facilitate outdoor programs. No matter what the program, MOLA's goal is to take advantage of the many lessons that activities in the outdoors have to offer.

MOLA has been in existence since April 2000 under the guidance of founder J. Porter Hammitt, who serves as director and lead instructor. Porter's qualifications include nearly 10 years of experience with numerous field-based organizations, an M.S. in Outdoor Recreation, doctorate-level studies in education and ecology, and a myriad of training and safety certifications.

Directions: Our rendezvous spot is Kiwanis Park, which is next to the Clark Fork River and near the public library in downtown Missoula. Please access the park from the west side near the picnic shelter. Turning east off Higgins Avenue onto Front Street, go two blocks and turn right onto Clay Street, just past The Trailhead outdoor store. Go one more block and turn left, following the signs to Kiwanis Park. There is plenty of secure parking at the park.

Missoula Outdoor Learning Adventures
1304 Jackson Street, Missoula, MT 59802

  • Backcountry Skiing
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Childrens Activities
  • Climbing
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Cultural
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Expedition
  • Float Trips
  • Hiking
  • Historic
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountaineering
  • Picnicking
  • Rafting
  • Sightseeing
  • Sk
  • Child Care
  • Educational Programs
  • Guide
  • Maps
  • Parking
  • Public Restroom
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