In-depth Sessions

Tuesday, September 13

In-depth sessions add a nice twist to your traditional professional development opportunities. Some will take place on site at Big Sky Resort, while others will be off-site with transportation provided.  Since these sessions are a part of your professional development, they are reserved for registered attendees. In other words, you must be registered for the conference to purchase an in-depth ticket.  Spouse/guest tickets are not allowed unless that person is registered for the conference, as well.  Each session has a minimum guarantee and a maximum allowed. If your session does not meet its minimum by July 15, it may be cancelled. If so, we will notify you with alternate options. If you are paying by check (rather than pay by credit card online), your spot in the in-depth sessions will NOT be guaranteed until payment is received. All In-Depth Sessions will be ticketed events, and you must have a ticket for a specific activity to be admitted.

Please note that these sessions will be held in the afternoon on Tuesday, September 13.  Off-site sessions will not return to Big Sky until some time between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Therefore, Affiliate Presidents who plan to attend the Tuesday night Leadership Event should not select an off-site in-depth session. There are on-site options that may better suit you.  Ticket sales for in-depth sessions are final and non-refundable.

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ON OR OFF-SITE? DESCRIPTION

On-site

Track: Nutrition/Food Safety
Price:  $30

Outdoor Cooking Montana Style
Experience Montana outdoor cooking methods as you discover the bountiful harvest of tastes and flavors Montana has to offer.  Using several outdoor cooking techniques you will explore the cookery of various kinds of Montana products including wild game.  Learn the many methods to cook wild game as well as the proper processing and storage.  You will also learn the unique nutritional qualities of wild game products.  If you’ve never cooked with a Dutch oven or tried a pitchfork fondue this is a great in-depth session choice.  Our own MSU Extension Staff will be teaching this session and have promised a fun learning experience complete with lots of food samples.

On-site

Track: Health
Price: $25

Hiking for Wellness in the Big Sky State
Meghan Phillippi, MSU Extension Agent will lead this session that will help connect you to the beautiful backdrop for our conference - Big Sky Resort.  During this session you will gain an understanding of how nature and the outdoors can contribute to your personal well-being while taking in some beautiful scenery.  You will explore personal outdoor safety as it relates to visiting the vast open spaces offered by the state of Montana.  Take a look at how exercise not only improves physical health, but also to mental wellness.  Bring your camera with you.  Meghan will give you  pointers on how to capture some of Montana's beauty to take back home with you.  Also bring good hiking shoes and comfortable hiking clothing.  Since we don't know what the weather might be, we suggest layering, so you can adjust to varying temperatures. 

This will be a moderate physically challenging hike.

On-site Track: 4-H/Youth Development and Textiles
Price: $20

The Science of Textile Art
Using the Experiential Learning Model (Experience, Share, Process, Generalize and Apply) and inquiry learning methods, Jane Wolery, MSU Extension, Teton County, will guide participants through designing youth classes to maximize the use of the scientific process.  Wolery will explain how she took a simple idea from a 4-H member demonstration, received a Montana 4-H Foundation science mini-grant and turned the idea into group learning experience.  Wolery uses permanent markers and textiles to teach textile art, but also engages youth in discovering the scientific process to get the best result.  Participants in this class will learn how to use permanent marker dyeing methods, create up to four science experiments based on the textile art and will discover best art practices based on science experiments.  Participants will leave with a completed project and have the opportunity to brainstorm ideas to use to educate youth using FCS topics and science experiements.  If time permits, Wolery will share other science activities she has used with youth from school enrichment to overnight camps to coaching two Montana 4-H BioScience teams.  We are "dyeing" to work with our FCS educators to create practical science lessons.
On-site

Track: Child Development
Price: $25

Helping Children Learn Through Nature
Children learn best through experiential activities and in Montana that includes outdoor activities year round!  In this in-depth session, participants will have an opportunity to explore the outdoors of Big Sky Country and simultaneously learn how to apply these experiences with learning activities for young children.  The focus of activities will be for toddlers through age eight.  application of the activities to language, math, art and prosocial development will be shared.  Participants will generate ideas for adapting activities to the environment in their home state.

On-site

Track: Technology
Price: $25

Tech Tackle Box
Don't just cast a line for technology tools.  We're not just fishing in this session, we're catching!  Learn how to actually use new tech tools in an interactive way.  Hear from multiple instructors to keep up with the fast current in education and communication technology.  Use your tech learning from this session back at work to lure your audience in.  Hook them with the technology they do use (aka meet your audience where they are.)  This session will include an outdoor break (weather permitting) to stretch your body and mind in between all the action.  Whether you're tolling the deptch of technology or just wetting your line, don't let this training be the "one that got away!  Topics will include:  "Gadgets & Gizmos" sharing, Graphic Design for non-designers, copyright considerations, simple video editing, creating QR codes, using text messaging to engage participants and tech tools to enchance audience participation.

On-site

CANCELLED

Track: Community Development
Price: $75


The Effects of Mining on the Economic Development of Montana
Philipsburg, located in Western Montana, was founded in 1867 and grew rapidly as the result of the mining boom.  The staff of Montana Gems of Philipsburg will lead this session which will introduce you to the mining industry, the affects it had on families and children and the adversities they faced during the boom days.  Explore the financial struggles families faced as well as the health and wellness of those who moved with high hopes of prospering in the early-day mining boom town.  The presenters will also discuss what present day Philipsburg is doing to honor the past of the late 1800’s in a full-blown effort to keep their small community alive and viable for today’s residents and tourists.  Montana Gems will bring bags of their sapphire gravel for you to sift through in hopes of finding that once in a lifetime beautiful Montana sapphire, garnet or agate.

         
Off-site

CANCELLED

Track:  Food Safety/Community Development
Price: $55
Bus Departs/Returns Big Sky: 12:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Got (Goat) Milk?
This in-depth session gives participants a bird’s eye view into an organic goat farm and cheese factory.  Participants will tour the cheese factory with behind the scenes access to the day to day operation of the cheese factory.  From there they will travel to the country and visit the farm where the goats are housed and milked to provide a quality organic product for the factory.

Melvyn and Sue Brown began their Grade A Amaltheia Dairy starting with milking with 90 goats. Initially they sold their milk to a distributor making gourmet cheese for California customers. In the spring of 2002 the Browns decided to develop and operate their own cheese facility. Through careful development and stringent standards for purity and flavor, they arrived at an exceptional product that they are now marketing. Today, they are milking about 280 goats and producing 150 gallons of goat milk each day.

Off-site Track: Human Development / Community Development / Financial Management

Price: $35
Bus Departs/Returns Big Sky: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Home and Work on the Range

This experience will bring participants right into the heart of the west as they travel through time starting with Madison Buffalo Jump State Park which is situated on the edge of a broad valley carved by the Madison River. This limestone cliff was used by Native Americans for 2000 years as a means to gather food, clothing, shelter and provisions for their people.  The next stop includes a tour of the Three Forks Saddlery, a family owned business, where they have been outfitting the working cowboys with custom saddles for the past forty years. The Headwaters State Park offers a breath taking view of three rivers, the Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin merging to form the 2300 mile Missouri River.  The historical Sacajawea Hotel in Three Forks, MT will be your host for dinner that evening showcasing its role in Montana History.  This 106 year old hotel has withstood the test of time and has been preserved to its vibrant origins.  Guest speaker Dean Folkvord will share his experiences with his third generation family-run business, Wheat Montana Farms.  Through hard work and determination and good fortune, Wheat Montana Farms has become the model agriculture operation of the Northern Great Plains.  Their staff has grown to over 100 employees with some of the highest credentials in the field.  The facility includes grain cleaning, processing, flour milling and a full scale bakery that services a five state area.  Their grain and flour are sold nationwide.

Off-site Track: 4-H/Youth Development
Price: $40
Bus Departs/Returns Big Sky: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Discovering Amazing Geologic Wonders
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park features one of the most highly decorated limestone caverns in the Northwest. These spectacular caverns lined with stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helictites are naturally air-conditioned and lighted for a safe and enjoyable visit with a seasoned tour guide.  Above ground, a self-guided nature trail provides opportunities to understand the natural surroundings.  As Youth Development/4-H professionals guide their programs to the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, the Lewis and Clark Caverns provide endless opportunities to teach youth about geology, wildlife and nature.  The story of how the caverns started as a sea around 325 and 365 million years ago, teaches many concepts first-hand that a student could not get in a classroom.  This session promises to be an adventure in history and geology as written by Mother Nature herself. 

The bus will stop on the way back to Big Sky at Wheat Montana for dinner. They offer a variety of options at their Deli/Bakery for $10-15 per person. 

Off-site Track: Textiles
Price: $150
Bus Departs/Returns Big Sky: 12:15 PM - 8:00 PM

Quilting in the Country
A Day in the Country will begin with participants passing through the country crafting doors of a log homestead barn.  Until recently the barn was a retail quilt store and now is solely an online business, and retreat/classroom center.  Participants in this workshop will connect geometric designs, math concepts and painting techniques to create a small wooden barn quilt (small enough to pack in luggage). The second feature of this in-depth session is an experience with a different kind of textile art - wool felting.  Participants will craft a country scene using a variety of techniques including embroidery, needle felting and applique. To complete your day in the country, you will be served an autumn supper on the porch of the country home before returning to Big Sky that evening. http://www.quiltinginthecountry.com/

Off-site

Track: Textiles / Recycling Human Development / Sustainability
Price: $65
Bus Departs/Returns Big Sky: 12:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Spurring the Creative Economy
Discover your creative side through this recycled art workshop to experience how creative self-expression can enhance your life and the lives of those with whom you share your knowledge. The Emerson Cultural Center showcases local artists displaying their creations and offers educational workshops to those with a passion for the arts.  Emerging and established contemporary artists exhibit their work in the Emerson’s three gallery venues:  The Jessie Wilber Gallery, the Weaver Room and the Emerson Lobby.  These exhibits represent both traditional and innovative techniques, media and content with the intent to appeal to diverse audiences. http://www.theemerson.org/exhibits-overview/

After an afternoon in the classroom and spending time in the galleries enjoy your dinner in downtown Bozeman at one of the many restaurants to choose from.  (Dinner is not included in this price.)

Off-site

Track: 4-H / Youth Development
Price: $40
Bus Departs/Returns Big Sky: 12:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Quilts Rule
If you love precision and consistency in your quilting designs, you will love using design rulers and templates!  These handy tools assist in accurately placing designs and precisely stitching them out.  Learn to handle rulers and templates safely with the ruler base, and how to achieve accuracy with the markings.  There are so many options available.  Come and learn through a lecture/demo how to use these tools to simplify and improve your quilting skills.  This session will be held at the Silver Thimble Quilt Shop in downtown Bozeman.

Dinner on your own in Downtown Bozeman.

Off-site

Track: 4-H / Youth Development and Sustainability / Environment
Price: $40
Bus Departs/Returns Big Sky: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Howl and Growl 
During this session, you will discover a Wildlife Park and educational facility located at the entrance to Yellowstone Park that provides visitors to the Yellowstone area an opportunity to learn about, view, and appreciate the grizzly bear and gray wolf.  The center is home to two groups of wolves. One group is the original residents, while the other group arrived as pups.  The two packs are separated by the Naturalist Cabin and can see each other through a large window of the cabin.  Through large floor to ceiling windows of the Naturalist Cabin you will have the opportunity to view the separate wolf packs in their own habitats.   The cabin also includes interpretive displays and a National Geographic film on wolves, and provides a place for the daily "Pack Chat."  During this session you will also have the opportunity to view the bears in their naturalistic outdoor habitat which includes a pool and waterfall.  The bears were acquired after having become nuisance bears or the orphaned cubs of nuisance bears.  Discover how wildlife has learned to live in nature while co-existing with humans.  This session will show how wildlife topics fit into STEM and can provide youth opportunities to learn about something that is not part of their everyday living.  At the conclusion of this session, you will enjoy dinner in West Yellowstone, the entrance to fabulous Yellowstone Park.

Off-site

Track: Housing & Environment
Price: $45
Bus Departs/Returns Big Sky: 12:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Homes on the Range
Take a step back in time and learn about Gallatin County’s heritage. This session will include a guided tour of the Gallatin History Museum, a walking tour of the Bozeman Bon Ton/Downtown District and a guided bus tour of Bozeman. The highlight of this session will include a view of Bozeman past.  Discover the capacity of people who settled here, the types of homes they built and how they acquired the building materials.  Learn what affect the environment had on what style of homes the early settlers built and what kinds of materials they used.  You will have the opportunity to view several historical homes and learn what it takes to get the designation of a historical home.  Engage in conversation with your tour guides about the types of careers that existed during Bozeman’s early days and how early settlers worked through the challenges they faced.  

Dinner will be on your own in Downtown Bozeman where you will see first-hand the revitalization that has taken place in the downtown district and what shop owners and entrepreneurs have done to attract and keep businesses in the heart of Bozeman.

Off-site

Track: Nutrition/Food Safety
Price: $45
Bus Departs/Returns Big Sky: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Research is in the Dough
The Montana State University Cereal Quality Laboratory (CQL) researches the end-use properties of cereal grains. Emphasis is on flour milling and bread-baking traits of hard red and hard white wheats. In addition, the growing interest in the use of hard white wheat for the Asian noodle market has instituted noodle quality evaluation. Effects of various environmental and genetic factors are determined.  Session participants will learn the basics of Cereal grain quality and its impact on a quality product through hands on experiences in this bread making lab. 

Participants will mix their own dough to make loaves of bread to demonstrate/observe different flour characteristics and why it is important to use the right flour for individual baking needs.  Other topics could include anything regarding wheat, wheat flour (different protein levels, white flour vs whole wheat etc) , mixing properties, and flour properties for bread, cookies or noodles.

Off-site Track: Nutrition/Food Safety
Price: $55
Bus Departs/Returns Big Sky: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Around the Table with MSU's Executive Chef 

Refresh or hone your culinary skills by spending the afternoon with MSU Chef Martin Lewis in the newly designed foods lab on campus of Montana State University.  Martin will guide you through basic to extreme cooking skills in the lab and give you the opportunity to create your own delicacies.  A tour of the meats lab, meat smoking lab and the food service on campus will treat you to a behind the scenes look at feeding large numbers of hungry students. 

Dinner that evening will be in the brand new residence hall dining facility. The cost of dinner is included in the price.

Off-site Track: 4-H/Youth Development
Price: $45
Bus Departs/Returns Big Sky: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Discover, Engage, Connect at Montana State University's Museum of the Rockies

Using the past and present, the Museum of the Rockies inspires life-long learning in scieince, history, culture and art.   Founded in 1957, the museum originally housed a collection of Montana historical objects.  During an expansion of the museum Jack Horner was hired as the curator of paleontology.  In his nearly 30 year career, Dr. Horner established the Museum of the Rockies as a world-class paleontology research facility and expanded the focus of the Museum to include one of the most important dinosaur fossil collections in the world.  Presently, Museum of the Rockies continues to focus on Paleontology, Native American History and Montana History, while also having expanded to include Changing Exhibits from around the world, the Living History Farm, the Taylor Planetarium, the Martin Childrne's Discover Center and educational programs for all ages.  Museum of the Rockies is both a college-level division of Montana State University and and independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution.  The Museum is a Smithsoanian Affiliatte and a repository for federal fossils.  This in-depth session won't dissapoint. 

Dinner will be on your own in Bozeman.

Off-site

Track: Community Development
Price: $30
Bus Departs/Returns Big Sky: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Science Behind Craft Beers & Spirits
Experience the taste of a brew master.  In this session, participants will tour a brewery, a cider house and a distillery in Big Sky Country.  You will be touring Lockhorn Cider House.  Not only a cider house, but also a recycled building, the crew here will be providing a tour on their cider development and also their building design.  This will be a driving tour ending back at Big Sky's Lone Peak Brewing.  Lone Peak Brewing's brew master not only enjoys his beer but also enjoys the process of creating the brew.  He will be sharing this in an hour tour that will end with dinner at Lone Peak Brewing.  Participants will receive in depth information on both the brewing and cider process distinct to the Rocky Mountains.

 

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