For students and families: 

  • Where and at what time do I need to show up for my Expeditions MSU program?  
    • Show up at the Outdoor Recreation Center, 1401 W Lincoln St (across from Granny's donuts) at noon on the first day of your Expedition. Please be advised that we do not provide lunch on this day so grab a sandwich on your way over!
  • Can I move into my dorm room before my Block 7 Expedition?
    • For the final Expeditions MSU session (Block 7, Aug 17-21), students will be able to move in early to their room for the Fall Semester starting at 9am on Saturday, August 17.  The cost of moving in early is included in your program cost.  
    • If you would like to have time to get settled into your room before your expedition, we recommend that you contact residential life to arrange an early move in. To move in the night before your expedition costs $25. You can arrange this either by calling residential life: 406-994-2661 or via their website at the following link: https://www.montana.edu/reslife/
  • Are scholarships available for these programs? 
    • Scholarships are available for all Expeditions MSU programs. Scholarship applications are due by April 15, and applicants will be notified by May 1 at the latest.  Please submit an application via the following link and specify which block and trip(s) you are interested in:   http://www.montana.edu/outdoorrecreation/scholarshipform.html 
  • What is the refund policy for Expeditions MSU trips?
    • 3+ weeks: full refund

    • 2-3 weeks- 50% refund (conditional on if there are 6+ participants remaining in the trip)

    • 1-2 weeks- 25% refund (conditional on if there are 6+ participants remaining in the trip)

  • Will my student be able to stay in the dorms before or after their Blocks 1-6 Expeditions MSU program?
    • For students who will be attending any of the expedition programs during the summer, there will be housing available in the dorms, but it is not included in the Expeditions MSU course fee. Please visit the on-campus housing website for more information and to reserve a room.
    • Students will be provided a secure location at the Outdoor Recreation Center to store suitcases and other baggage during their Expeditions MSU program.  
  • Will my student be able to make a flight out of Bozeman airport the night their Expeditions MSU program ends?
    • Students should not expect to be back in town before 7pm on the Sunday of their trip. Travel arrangements should be made with this expectation. It will take around an hour for students to get from our building to the airport.
  • Will my student have cell phone coverage/ability to contact me?
    • Most of our trip locations do not have reliable cell phone coverage. As well we ask our students and staff to turn off and stow their phones, so they can be present in the experience and part of the group.
  • How do you manage emergency communication?
    • All of our trips carry a satellite text message communication device. The trip leaders have been trained on our emergency communication protocols and we maintain an on-call system to respond to issues 24hrs a day. 
    • We hold a no news is good news philosophy. Our trip leaders check in regularly and let the base camp team know about any changes in route or plan.
  • If I need to get ahold of my student for some reason how would I go about doing that?
    • Please contact the Director of the Outdoor Rec Program, Ty Atwater, with any requests to contact students who are in the field.
  • How can I get updates about the trips?
    • You can check in with our Social Media pages (Facebook and Instagram) for regular updates on the program.
  • How do you handle emergency medical situations?
    • Our trip leaders are trained in wilderness medicine and are practiced with our emergency response plans (ERP) that have been tailored to each trip. In the event of an emergency, after they have managed the emergent concerns they will initiate the ERP.  It is helpful for us to know about any medical conditions that might affect a student’s ability to participate.
  • How can my student continue to be involved with the Outdoor Rec Program in their time at MSU?
    • We offer a variety of Trips, Credit based courses, Clinics and other Programs. Please check out our website for more details. As well for students who are interested in working as an employee for the program please check out the School of Adventure Leadership!