Birch Creek Facilities


DINING
Our staff takes pride in serving hearty, nutritious meals for groups of up to 100. Menus vary seasonally.  Meals are served in the Bender Center buffet style and may be eaten inside or outside on the deck. Sack lunches are always available in place of buffet meals. We are delighted to work with you to create the perfect meal to meet your specific needs and event themes. We are always willing to provide vegetarian and vegan meal options. The Birch Creek Center’s kitchen is not available for private use.


The Birch Creek Center participates in the Farm to College program in order to provide the freshest possible ingredients that are naturally grown or organically produced by grower’s right here in Montana. We use organic greens, vegetables, and fruits in our salad bar. When available, our beef is provided by Montana producers. Pork is provided by local growers and packaged to our specifications. Wheat Montana baked goods are featured.


Inside Bender Center    Lodgepole Dormitory
Accommodations

The Birch Creek Center’s comfortable, historically rustic accommodations are dormitory style with bunk or single beds. The dorms in the Bender Center are handicap accessible. Guests must bring their own sleeping bags, pillows, and personal toiletries.

Historic cabins are heated with wood stoves. Wood is provided, but it is the responsibility of the guests to light, supervise, and maintain the fires. Hot plates, cooking appliances, and food are not permitted in any lodging areas. A safe location for food storage will be provided.

Tenting is permitted at the 15 designated primitive campsites. No fires are permitted at the campsites, and all food items must be stored in a vehicle or in the Bender Center.

Groups are responsible for vacating and cleaning the cabins after breakfast on the final day of their program.

Bender Center: separate male and female bathrooms, showers. Handicap accessible.
Sleeping Capacity: 30

Lodgepole Cabin: one bathroom with shower.
Sleeping Capacity: 18

Ponderosa Cabin: one bathroom with shower.
Sleeping Capacity: 9

Cottonwood Cabin: one bathroom with shower.
Sleeping Capacity: 7

Aspen Cabin: one bathroom with shower.
Sleeping Capacity: 20

Inside Lodgepole Dormitory

Meeting & Classroom Facilities

FacilityType
of
Room
Capacity 
Theater 
Style
Table 
Capacity 
8-10 
Person
Electrical 
Outlets
Other
Bender Center Spuhler 
Conf. Rm.
40 6 6 TV/VCR 
Sink
Emerick Art 
Bld.
Classroom 25 4 4 Chalkboard 
Sink
Emerick Crafts 
Bld.
Classroom 25 4 6 Chalkboard 
Sink
Rec Hall Classroom 
Lecture Hall
55 7 2 Chalkboard
Original Dining 
Hall
Lounge 
Classroom
35 6 4 Bathroom
Block Hall Lecture Hall 80 13 8 Chalkboard

Group Size & Group Sharing of Facility

A maximum of 80 participants is accepted for overnight use and 150 participants for day use only. A minimum of 20 participants is required for booking the Center. Any group of 60 participants will have exclusive use of the Birch Creek Center to itself. A group less than 60 people will share the site with a compatible group. Under these circumstances facility use and meal times will be at the final discretion of the staff. Directions: Traveling on Interstate 15, turn west at Apex Exit 74, located 11 miles north of Dillon and 50 miles south of Butte. Drive 10 miles on the gravel Birch Creek Road. Turn left at the "Birch Creek Outdoor Education Center" sign, continue across the Birch Creek bridge, and straight up the hill.