Missoula, MT

view from sentinel big2Besides the hundreds of outdoor recreation activities Missoula has to offer, it also has countless programs and activities for families and children. Missoula allows children to grow up in a supportive, loving and caring environment, empowering youth to reach their full potential.


Missoula is a unique, gem of a Montana town. Not quite urban, but not as rural as our Montana neighbors, Missoula is nestled in a valley, surrounded by five mountain ranges, with the Clark Fork River running through our quaint, charming town. Our back yard lends itself to a variety of outdoor activities, from skiing in the winter to floating the run-off in the summer. Our summers are spent at the market, river, hiking with our dogs, biking trails, dancing at Out to Lunch and Downtown ToNight, races and marathons. Our autumns are short and painted with beautiful falling leaves and the cheering fans for Griz football. Our winters are long, and spent playing in the snow (some favorites include skiing and snowboarding the Bowl, attending craft fairs and cross-country skiing to local breweries). Our not so favorite winter pastime is spent shoveling out our cars, revealing our bumper stickers that read, “Keep Missoula Weird” and “MisSOULa.” Our springs are much like our falls – short. So short in fact that there may not be a distinct season, rather one winter day turns to summer. Missoula is the perfect place to raise children, and was named six times as “100 best communities for young people.”


Community Owner: Sienna Solberg

Kalispell, MT

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Kalispell, Montana is a town nestled in the breathtaking beauty of the Flathead Valley in the shadow of Glacier National park. Our town is a vibrant community of people who love the outdoors. From skiing Big Mountain to fly fishing the North Fork to hiking the Grinnell Glacier this area boasts some of the most awesome adventures in the country.

We are a town that embraces winter but when summer finally arrives we spend all the time we can on the surrounding lakes. Abundant lakes and rivers, including Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, are outside our back door. Kalispell has a walkable, fun downtown with many unique shops and restaurants. This valley provides a beautiful backdrop to the adventurous life we all love and to a wonderful community of people committed to providing a pristine haven for our children.

Community Owner: Melissa Utely

Launched: June 2013 by Gretchen Knuffke

Whitefish, MT


Most families who move to Whitefish are interested in open space and providing their kids (and themselves) with unparalleled wilderness experiences in a friendly, open community.

Whitefish is a heavily forested, small town in Northwest Montana about 30 miles from Glacier National Park.Surrounded by lakes – including Whitefish Lake and Flathead Lake – it hosts the Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort for year round recreational fun.  Our neighbors include abundant and diverse wildlife such as grizzly bears, moose, elk, eagles and wolves.

Community Owner: Niki MacLean

Launched: October 2010

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