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American Prairie Field School

The Field School is a residential education program for Montana middle school students.

American Prairie, in partnership with the Montana Outdoor Science School (MOSS), offers 6th through 8th grade students the opportunity to spend three days and two nights learning in the field under Montana’s big prairie skies. Classes study a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum with visits from Smithsonian Institute and American Prairie research scientists. Subjects will include astronomy, plant biology, wildlife ecology, geology, natural and human history.

Through this unique partnership, American Prairie Field School is creating early and enduring connections to Montana's prairie ecosystem among Montana students.

For more information, contact Education Coordinator Dusty Rixford:


Attention Montana educators!

The American Prairie Field School welcomes Montana teachers for grades 5-8 to participate in a 3-day, 2-night educational prairie adventure. The teacher workshop introduces teachers to prairie science concepts and curriculum that can be used in their classrooms. It also gives teachers an opportunity to participate in aspects of the American Prairie Field School program that is open to all Montana public middle school students, free of charge.



The program takes place each May at a science field camp at American Prairie’s Antelope Creek Campground near Zortman, Montana. Meals, lodging, and a busing stipend are all provided for participating schools.

Each class will have a maximum of 30 students. Students will stay in heavy-duty expedition-style four-person tents at American Prairie's Antelope Creek Campground. Groups have an 8:1 instructor-to-student ratio.


American Prairie Field School instructors bring a broad range of expertise to this program, including astronomy, plant biology, wildlife ecology, geology, and natural and human history. Meet the instructors.