Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification


Connecting our Community

aka BSCO

Big Sky, MT


The Big Sky Community Organization engages and leads people to recreational and enrichment opportunities through thoughtful development of partnerships, programs and places. The Big Sky Community Organization envisions A Connected Community.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Ciara Wolfe

Main Address

PO Box 161404

Big Sky, MT 59716 USA

Formerly Known As

Big Sky Community Corporation


parks, trails, land, easements, recreation, programs





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Providing publicly accessible community spaces and programs, including parks, trails and recreation programs. Securing critical land parcels and trail easements to ensure a community park and trail systems safely connecting our community with both alternative transportation routes and nationally known recreation opportunities into surrounding public land inclusive of Wilderness Areas. Providing recreation programming opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages. These programs include sports leagues, volunteer programs and youth camp opportunities. The programs are focused around environmental education, community engagement, healthy lifestyles and community stewardship.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Historic Crail Ranch

Camp Big Sky

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of participants engaged in programs

Population(s) served


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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context notes

These numbers represent our trail and park users.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Support the development of a community connected by world class recreation and enrichment opportunities that embrace a vibrant quality of life.

1) Expanding and maintaining the 19 mile Community Trail Network.
2) Growing and caring for over 91 acres of parkland.
3) Providing recreational programs that are available and accessible to all.
4) Engaging over 250 volunteers annually to help us meet our mission.
5) Hosting two community festivals.

Our organization consists of an 11-member Board of Directors and 7 member professional staff team supported with over 50 committee members and 200 volunteers that all bring specific skills and talents to our community allowing us to complete our goals and meet our mission.

1) Growth in miles and acreage of publicly accessible parkland.
2) Gaining critical trail easements from private landowners to complete designated connections.
3) Increasing participation in our community programs like Camp Big Sky, Adult Softball League and the Historic Crail Ranch museum
4) Increasing number of volunteers and volunteer hours.
5) Growth in usage of our programs.

1) Obtaining easements to make all critical trail connections to complete our vision of a world-class community trail system.
2) Provide a level of service for recreation amenities as recommended for our current population size and growing population size. The missing levels of service are within neighborhood parks, tennis courts, trailheads, parking. swimming pool and indoor recreation center.
3) Engaged the majority of our community in volunteering, donating or participating in one of our many programs or projects.

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Board Leadership Practices

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?



Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?