We would love to connect with you to answer any and all questions you have about the program! Please feel free to contact Leslie directly to set up a conversation. If you would prefer to read a few of the most frequently asked questions and responses first, keep exploring below!
As part of the University of Idaho, we have access to their resources and support. Contact the Financial Aid office for more information about loans and grants. Students are encouraged to apply for any and all external grants and scholarships.
On campus jobs will be available up to 10 hours a week during the school year. Off campus jobs are generally discouraged during the semester. The December break offers a great opportunity to work locally in the winter resort town.
A scholarship for Diversity and Inclusion is available. Please see below on this page for more details.
Yes. If we offer you a position in the program and you accept, a $1,500 nonrefundable deposit is required within 14 days of acceptance in order to hold your seat in the program. If the deposit is not received within this timeframe, your seat will be forfeited to the next student on the waiting list. Once paid, the deposit is nonrefundable should you choose to relinquish your seat at a later time.
The week starts with a briefing meeting on Monday morning before the students arrive. The afternoon is spent getting acquainted with the group of 7-10 students. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are field days. Graduate students will meet as a group before taking their student group out into Ponderosa State Park for the entire day. On Thursday, grads will guide their group through the creation of a final project. That evening grads attend the evening program for 90 minutes after dinner. Presentation of the project happens Friday morning before the students head back to their school. The afternoon is spent resetting the supplies used and debriefing as a group. Grads can expect to be outdoors in all weather conditions and spend about 40 hours a week in person.
The cohort will be split into two groups. Grads will take courses with about 10 peers. We have a large, 30-foot yurt that serves as the graduate classroom. Grads meet there weekdays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. For a list of graduate courses, please take a look at the academic experience page. Grads can expect to meet indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions and spend about 40 hours a week in person.
Yes, we will be running a course on site in August. The details for enrollment will be in your acceptance information. You can also get certified through another organization prior to the start of the semester.
Whether you need time off from a class week or teaching week, you are missing time in a graduate course. Time off needs to be approved on an individual case by case basis. Your time away may or may not affect your grade in that course. We observe all federal holidays with the exception of Columbus Day and Veteran’s Day.
Roughly following the University of Idaho academic calendar:
- Starting mid/late August Monday- Friday
- The Friday before Thanksgiving week at 4 p.m. is the beginning of break, returning the Monday after Thanksgiving at 9 a.m.
- Christmas/Winter break usually begins the end of the second week in December
- Semester resumes the weekday after New Year’s Day at 9 a.m.
- Spring Break is in March or April, depending
- The teaching semester concludes in the middle of May
- Graduation is in the middle of June
Living in McCall on or off campus
There are 12 double occupancy lodging spaces on the McCall Field Campus. There are 10 spaces in yurts and 8 spaces in cabins, and 6 in bunk houses. These spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis. Once all available housing spaces have been filled, additional accepted students will need to make housing arrangements in McCall or the surrounding area. University policy does not allow pets. Non-student family members can be considered after all student demand for housing has been met.
Very unlikely, but maybe. Only after we know how many students will be attending the program in a given academic year and we know how many of them want to live on campus vs. off campus will we know if any students can be assigned a single living residence. Typically, this can only be determined very close to the start of the academic year so it might interfere with a student’s ability to find housing in McCall and the surrounding area. If a student is absolutely sure they want a single, we suggest they look for housing off-campus as soon as they know they will be enrolling in the program.
McCall Outdoor Science School
University of Idaho – McCall Field Campus
P.O. Box 1025
1800 University Lane*
McCall, ID 83638
This is the address you will use. You do not need to get your own post office box.
* If you are sending anything by any means other than the U.S. Postal Service (i.e., FedEx or UPS), you need to provide the physical address.
Plan to pack outdoor-essentials like warm layers, rain coat, winter coat, etc. as well as comfortable indoor clothes for learning weeks. You will need a sleeping bag. We don’t often have reason to get dressed up but it’s always nice to have a few nicer outfits just in case! Consider bringing your camping, boating, climbing, backpacking or other outdoor equipment as there are many opportunities for exploring Idaho. If you have favorite items for staying comfortable in the outdoors, be sure to bring them with you. Rooms have beds, dressers, lamps and small refrigerators. There is not much room for extra furniture.
No, there aren’t isn’t a provided laundry facility on campus, but the nearest laundromat is .5 miles away, and there are at least three in McCall to choose from.
No. The McCall Field Campus is 1.3 miles (25 minute walk) from downtown McCall. There is a great bike path from the campus to town as well as public transportation.
The MOSS meal plan includes all meals we cook for MOSS K12 Residential Programs. If there is a school group on campus, you eat with the participants. No school group on campus, you create culinary delights for yourself. Check out the sample menu here for an idea of what to expect, including a detailed list of breakfast, field lunch, dinner and salad bar options. While the menu can (and does!) change according to the availability of ingredients, recipe tweaks and special requests, you can always count on tasty, kid-friendly meals with multiple fruit and vegetable options. If you have any food allergies or special food needs, the cooks will work with you to the best of their ability to meet your needs.
On campus residents have access to "Cook's Cabin" which includes a full kitchen and bathroom. This building has food storage as well as basic supplies stocked, such as pots and pans, plates, knives, etc.
The cabins have a small bathroom with a toilet and a shower. There is a bunk bed, a table/chairs, a small fridge, and a kitchen area. All cabins have electricity and electric heat. The yurts have a bunk bed, a table/chairs and a small fridge. There is a ceiling light and sometimes a lamp or two. All yurts have electricity and propane heat. The gender specific restroom is a short walk away. Please do not use appliances (i.e., electric kettles, microwaves, toasters, etc.) in the yurts. You can still bring these items and use them in the Cook's Cabin (the grad kitchen).
Yes. There aren’t any requirements to live on campus.