Centennial Valley Center
Lakeview, Montana
Conservation Education and Research for a Healthy Earth

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Conservation Education and Research for a Healthy Earth

The Centennial Valley Center (CVC) is a world class facility for groups and organizations to utilize for education and environmental research. 

The Centennial Valley contains the largest wetland complex in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  It encompasses approximately 385,000 acres north and east of the continental divide along the Montana-Idaho border.  The Montana National Heritage Program has rated the Centennial Valley as one of the most significant natural landscapes in Montana, a tribute to its intact ecological systems, expansive wetlands, diverse native fauna and flora and unique concentrations of rare species. 

The Center is headquartered in Lakeview, a fully-restored ghost town and former dude ranch  dating from the late 1800s. Modern, Western-motif furnishings along with original Victorian furniture complete the renovated log cabins and former stage hotel, where early visitors to Yellowstone Park stopped for the night.

The Centennial Valley Center's facilities include:

  • Youth Dormitory House with 16 beds
  • Five Guest Cabins, 2 guests per cabin
  • One Guest Cabin, 4 guests
  • Shambow House: Four bedrooms, 10 guests
  • Large Conference Room and Dining Hall (includes sleeping quarters upstairs dorm style for 6 and one twin bed downstairs)
  • Laundry and Fitness Facilities

  • Possible Activities your group can arrange:

    • Mountain Hiking and Picnicking
    • Fly Fishing (rentals in the city of West Yellowstone)
    • Horse Back Riding (additional costs)
    • Bird and Wildlife Viewing
    • Tours of the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

    Shambo House in ICEC-Lakeview


    The Centennial Valley Center seeks letters of interest from organizations and groups interested in utilizing the center for environmental research, education, and other uses that advance center's mission. See current pricing tabs on this website.

    Possible organizations may include:

    • Science Camps for Middle School and High School Students
    • Bird and Wildlife Organizations (both research and viewing)
    • Womens' and Mens' Retreats
    • University Environmental and Humanitarian Study Programs
    • Plein Air Painting and other Art Discipline Programs
    • Land Conservation Organizations
    • Small Business Retreats
    • Photography Workshops
    • Arts and Humanities Organizations

     should include the following information and/or respond to the following:

    •  A brief narrative outlining the organization/groups’s mission and goals.
    •  A separate statement on the organization/group's ability to successfully achieve its goals.
    •  A proposed plan for use of the Centennial Valley Center (number of rental days/weeks, estimated numbers of guests, proposed activities, and level of food, linen and cleaning services requested).
    •  Name, position description and contact information for person coordinating the proposed program.
    •  If appropriate, a copy of the organization's 501(c) 3 letter of determination from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. 
    •  Copies of liability and workers compensation insurance policies.
    Letters of interest and supporting documents must be sent by E-mail to both of the following Centennial Vally contacts:
    Melody Taft,         melody@earthconcerns.org
    Peter A. Bender,   p.pbender@gmail.com

    All letters of interest will be reviewed and responded to in 15 days.

    Organizations and groups submitting letters of interest are invited to tour the Centennial Valley Center--please E-mail Melody or Peter to arrange a property visit.

    Rushes' House in Lakeview




    The Centennial Valley Center retains the right to publicize itself or any organization housed on the property through normal venues such as websites and/or organizational literatureOrganizations will be notified in advance of any special media or publicity efforts/events.  This does not prevent an organization housed at the CVC from conducting its own publicity.  CVC staff must be notified in advance of any special media or publicity efforts/events. 



    Odell Trail Hike



    • Receipt of letters of interest, and conduct of any discussions does not obligate CVC to make an agreement with any organization.

    • The Center is a smoke-free facility
    • Plant-based/vegetarian food only
    • No hunting is allowed 

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