VISIONS Montana Gap programs provide students with an educational and professional leg up as well as a fun and fulfilling alternative to virtual classrooms. Based on a historic Montana ranch, participants will volunteer with organic farmers, earn a Wilderness First Responder certification and dig deep into sustainability issues.
Immerse yourself in the Western way of life while discovering broad perspectives and new opportunities. Connect to the land in profound ways by learning about sustainable development practices, farming and ranching, permaculture, and wilderness skills. Develop newfound interests and build a kit of skills and certifications outside of the norm. Learn about the history of the West and how the global issues and challenges of today interconnect with rural values and realities. VISIONS Gap provides a “Big Sky” view of this modern era and some natural, creative solutions for living in harmony with each other and the natural world.
- Wilderness First Responder Certificate
- Backpacking in Montana Wilderness
- Train in Permaculture
- Volunteer on Sustainable Agriculture Projects
- Learn about Land and Wildlife Conservation
Explore the connections between land, wildlife, civilization and climate. Travel in the Rocky Mountain backcountry by way of foot and ski to learn about land elements, sustainability, and renewable resources. Live at a historic farm & ranch in the foothills of the Mountains and volunteer with local food producers and ranchers. Explore newfound interests, deepen your skillset, and be an important member of a community -- forging new paths forward for a sustainable world!
Immerse in the Western way of life and connect to the land in hands-on ways that are invigorating and fun. Get your hands dirty helping with harvest season at vibrant farms and ranches, and build a kit of skills and certifications including Wilderness First Responder. Learn how global issues such as climate change interconnect with rural life, and challenge yourself to be part of creating practical solutions alongside your new friends and program leaders.