The beginning of the cooperation between Association ECOSYSTEM and Montana State University (and CreekFarm Education Associates later)
was in 1997 when 14 Russian educators (right) visited Bozeman, Montana State in the
framework of the project of United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The official institution that received our group was Montana State
University (left) and the person who was responsible for the group reception was Michael Brody - the professor of
Education Department of MSU.
Montana State University and Bozeman itself are situated on the East slope of the Rocky
Mountains at 1500 meters height above sea level. Surrounding mountains are covered by
spruce forests and the famous Yellowstone National Park is nearby.
Our group was collected from all over the Russia. There were teachers and
education administrators from Far East (Vladivostok, Habarovsk, Chita), Baikal region
(Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude), Eastern Siberia (Kemerovo), Western Siberia (Novosibirsk), Ural
region (Ekaterinburg, Nijniy Tagil) and European region (Moscow and Saint Petersburg).
Some of our lessons were conducted out-door, in the nearest to Bozeman mountains and
Approximately 50% of our lessons were lead in the town and suburbs, like
university, college, schools, sewage disposal plant and dump. Another 50% of our work we
spent in nature: during mountaineer, nature excursions and river rafting (left). We also
visited Yellowstone National Park twice.
In other words, our schedule was very saturate and live was very active !
Our leader Michael prepared excellent program for us, when two days of wearisome work in
the city changed by two days of nature trip.
The most wild place we visited during our stay in Bozeman was "Turtle Camp",
situated far away from civilization, high in the Rocky Mountains.
We spent three weeks in the US and these days were unforgettable ! Many of
us become friends, and even one couple was formed !
After we return to Russia we collect all our group participants again half a year later.
We all gathered at ECOSYSTEM Field
Center to exchange by our new experience and the possibilities of its adaptation in