Ignite a lifelong love for science to enrich Montana’s future.




At ExplorationWorks Science Center, exhibits, programs, workshops, classes, and camps are available for all kids, youths, families, seniors, schools and community groups. We help meet community needs as an important partner with formal education. We provide a place of informal learning where families can discover the wonders of science together.

Historically, strong partnerships have developed with the City of Helena, Carroll College, Helena Public Schools, and other local and statewide organizations. Through collaborations with organizations that reach and serve at-risk and low-income populations, our goal is to be accessible to everyone. Free admission days, single parent memberships, and class and camp scholarships are always available.

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Guiding Principles

  • We provide a welcoming environment and actively reach out to all.
  • Our programs complement and support educational programs and K-12 Next Generation Science Standards, develop meaningful collaborations with formal educational institutions, as well as other local and regional organizations.
  • We provide creative, engaging exhibits and programs responsive to a variety of learning styles, enhancing multiple intelligences and inspiring creative problem solving.
  • Cultural exhibits and programs involve, whenever possible, members of the cultures represented, and are respectful of the cultures, peoples, and traditions they represent.
  • Exhibits and programs related to scientific concepts are rooted in the scientific method authenticated through peer review.
  • Programs and exhibits utilize interactive, inquiry-based approaches to learning, emphasizing context and interconnectedness, discrepant events and serendipities. ExplorationWorks! strives to exemplify best practices in education for visitors of all ages and abilities.
  • We offer a safe and stimulating early childhood exhibit area.
  • Youth programs support learning that goes beyond traditional subject areas, involving youth and young adults in educational enrichment, employment, and mentoring programs.
  • Sustainable existence is a recurring theme in ExplorationWorks! programs and exhibits. Sustainable design and technologies were incorporated in constructing and are used to maintain the facility, promoting environmental awareness and education.

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Support Exploration Works

Since 2002, ExplorationWorks has been inspiring kids and their families to discover, explore and develop a lifelong love for science.  We also bring inquiry-based science education to schools and community events in our three county area and beyond. Our programs and exhibits are made possible through the generous support of our community. We can’t accomplish all we do without you.

Please help us inspire Montana’s he next generation of great minds and great discoveries.  There are many great ways to get involved.

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