All in the Family

Eagle Mount Bozeman changed their game plan last year. When the COVID pandemic paused in-person activities, the nonprofit started calling participant families to hear ideas and address concerns. That feedback provided a platform for in-person, individual family events in 2020 offered through their new family engagement program.

The 2021 program, led by Maggie Lowry, includes weekly bonfires, family theater, a flyfishing event for dads and yoga retreat for moms, family rafting excursion, camping, cycling, and weekly hikes. New, monthly Eagle Mount Days offer swimming, horseback riding, music, dancing, and horticulture.

According to Anna Smoot, associate director of development, “Maggie is our ‘family whisperer’ who develops connections with families and makes the most of each opportunity for family programming. Last June’s events for participants and caregivers included family hikes, kayaking at Bozeman Pond, weekly firepits, horticulture, and beekeeping.” She adds, “Our 2020 ski season was one of our busiest ever, and we hope to be very close to regular program capacity this summer with a full slate of offerings. Our theme this year is, ‘Here, We Can.’”

Eagle Mount provides adaptive recreation and sports activities to people of all ages overcoming injuries, enduring cancer, or those with permanent disabilities. The nonprofit welcomes new participants and volunteers.