MOLLI Offers Summer Adventures for Kids and Grandparents

June 04, 2014

MISSOULA – The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Montana, also known as MOLLI, will host MOLLI Summer Adventures, a grandparent and grandchild camp, on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 24-25.

Learning pairs consist of one adult age 50 or older and one child. The cost of each two-day camp session is $100 per pair, as well as the nonrefundable annual $20 MOLLI membership fee if adult participants are not current members.

Registration is available online at http://www.umt.edu/molli or by calling the MOLLI office at 406-243-2905. The camp offerings are:

  • Amazing Animal Adaptations: Participants will learn about unique human adaptations, play fun tracking games, learn about bears, visit an osprey banding site and have a special visit from Animal Wonders, an animal rescue organization based out of Potomac. Hosted by the Montana Natural History Center, ages 7-10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Crack the Case: Participants will work together to map a “crime scene,” examine fibers under a microscope and dust for fingerprints. Hosted by spectrUM Discovery Area, ages 6-8, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Crime Scene Investigation: Participants will work together to map a “crime scene,” examine fibers under a microscope, fingerprint suspects and explore blood typing. Hosted by spectrUM Discovery Area, ages 9-13, 2-5:30 p.m.
  • Museum Exploration: Participants will spend two mornings at the Missoula Art Museum, enjoying the art on view and creating their own. Hosted by MAM, ages 6-12, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Outdoor Recreation: Fishing and Treasure Hunt: The first day, participants will spend their morning fishing at Silvers Lagoon at McCormick Park. We will focus on rod and reel fishing basics and other skills necessary in angling. All bait and equipment included. The next day, participants will complete a treasure hunt along the Clark Fork River. Hosted by Missoula Parks and Recreation, ages 6-9, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Outdoor Recreation: Geocaching and River Float: Participants will work as a team using GPS devices to navigate around the Riverfront Trails of Missoula in this modern version of a treasure hunt. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called geocaches or caches, anywhere in the world. The next day, participants will see Missoula from a new perspective by rafting the Clark Fork River through town. The float will put in near East Missoula and take out at Silvers Park. Participants will view wildlife, talk about river ecology and enjoy the day on the water. All equipment provided. Hosted by Missoula Parks and Recreation, ages 10-13, 2-5:30 p.m.

For more information call MOLLI Program Manager Eileen Flannigan at 406-243-2905 or email molli@umontana.edu.

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Contact: Eileen Flannigan, program manager, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM, 406-243-2905, eileen.flannigan@mso.umt.edu.