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Molly Ward

Molly started working for Montana Outdoor Science School in the late 1990's as a Summer Camp Instructor while finishing her Geology degree at Montana State University and returned to MOSS in 2020 as the Education Director. In between, her passion for outdoor and science education led her to obtain a Masters of Science in Science Education degree, also from Montana State University. Molly worked as an Informal Science Educator for a variety of local and regional organizations, including Yellowstone National Park, the Museum of the Rockies and the Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Foundation. In 2014, Molly created Mountain Goat Instructional Design, LLC, where she has practiced Science Education Consulting for several years. 

As the Education Director at Montana Outdoor Science School Molly is overseeing curriculum and instruction for the American Prairie Field School. Molly ensures curriculum for classroom visits and field visits supports Montana Science Content Standards and also reflects best practices in place-based education. Molly loves working with and training MOSS instructors to bring a new perspective on the prairie to students around Montana.

Molly was born and grew up in Bozeman, MT. She started hiking and backpacking in the surrounding mountains with her family at the age of five. Throughout her childhood, she tagged along on sampling trips with her scientist father in Yellowstone Park. Her love of science and the outdoors grew from there as Molly added additional outdoor pursuits such as telemark and cross-country skiing, running, mountain biking, kayaking and soccer to her list of favorite pastimes.She is happy to still call Bozeman home, along with her partner Sten, dog Nixie and cat Spike, although she does love to travel.