biologist holding an Opsrey, extending the wing; student writing down data; osprey flying above water; banding an osprey; students working on a science project

Note: The application period for the 2022 WOW Summer Workshop is currently closed. Please check back here for more information on how to apply for WOW 2023!

Please contact Drew Lefebvre at dlefebvre [at] montananaturalist [dot] org with any questions.






Thanks to our generous partners, teachers participating in the WOW Summer Workshop enjoy all expenses paid. In addition to lodging, all meals during the workshop, and ground transportation while you’re here, starting in 2020 we’re also able to reimburse your travel expenses for your trip to Missoula






The WOW program starts by building E-STEM capacity for teachers, with an intensive professional development experience. Teachers become Osprey experts during a week-long, interactive, and field-based summer institute at the University of Montana. Join peers, researchers, and E-STEM professionals to experience real, interactive field work as you collect data, band Osprey chicks, see flight physics in action, visit ecologically important sites, and more. All middle school science educators are encouraged to apply!






“Probably the best and most useful professional development I have ever done in 27 years of teaching. The access to research scientists was incredible.”

-2019 WOW Teacher

“This workshop is definitely among the top three I have attended in my career as an educator. We were able to spend the majority of the day being taught by research professionals with experience in the field that they are teaching. “

-2019 WOW Teacher





“I learned so much this week and was connected to an amazing community of educators and knowledgeable professionals. And to top it off, the food was amazing!”

-2019 WOW Teacher






We recruit middle school STEM teachers to participate in the WOW program. Teachers must be able to attend all five workshop days. We provide food, lodging, and reimbursement for travel costs. Our goal is to make WOW as accessible as possible, so please get in touch if you have any questions about expenses.






Attendees at the 2019 Summer Institute strike their best Osprey pose.