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Larch Outdoor Education

Come learn with us along the shores of the Clearwater River and Seeley Lake, which the Salish call “where there are osprey.” Students immersed in this one-of-a-kind outdoor education experience learn from the land and its inhabitants through the lenses of curiosity, reciprocity and relationship.

The Larch Outdoor Education Program is an educational opportunity for 4-6th grade classrooms of students to experience Camp Paxson over three days/two nights or five days/four nights. Our educators work at a 15:1 or less student-to-teacher ratio. Our lessons align with Montana’s Indian Education For All, Next Generation Science Standards and Montana Common Core standards. During May, June, September, and October, classroom teachers bring their classes to Camp Paxson for place-based, experiential learning led by our educators. Lessons are based on observation, investigation, interpretation and creation.

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To provide a student-led learning environment that invites an intrinsic connection to nature, develops a sense of stewardship to the land, and fosters authentic relationships with one another.

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Transformative Connections through Nature

Students arrive at Larch full of excitement and anticipation and leave changed. Based on classroom teacher feedback, students’ immersive time connecting with nature transforms their relationship with learning, with the outdoors and with each other. Students return to their home communities and school classrooms having grown in many ways, including a newfound love of science, an ability to be more in tune with themselves, a stronger sense of classroom community, and a more positive relationship with learning and with nature.

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Become a Friend of Larch Outdoor Education Center

Sponsor a student, fund a whole classroom, become an annual donor, or attend one of our events! Your support enables us to get more kids outside. Click below to donate in the way that works for you:

Donations can be mailed to:
Camp Paxson Preservation Project
2814 Brooks St, PMB 239
Missoula, MT 59801

Donate to our Campaign Online:

Call or email us with questions how to help!
(406) 360-3164

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Our Spring 2024 Outdoor Ed season is almost full- only a few dates left! We are currently booking sessions in September and October of 2024. Please reach out if you are interested in joining us!


To advance the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and natural legacy of Camp Paxson.