Home to the University of Montana, Missoula is situated in a valley surrounded by beautiful mountains. Originally the lands of the Blackfeet, Pend d’Oreille, Kootenai, Salish and Shoshone tribes, Missoula gained its name from the Salish word “nmesuletkw,” meaning “place of frozen water” or “surprise river.” Missoula, with a population of 66,000, is the second largest city in Montana. A cultural hub, Missoula possesses impressive museums, antique shops, and a variety of musical performers. Once completely underwater as a glacial lake, the city is known as “The Garden City” for its incredible soil and vibrant natural landscape. Unlimited year-round outdoor activities, such as hiking, skiing and fishing, are available for Missoula’s residents. Located in the Southwest section of Montana, Missoula is bisected by the Clarkfork River and is a few hours from Glacier National Park. Host sites in Missoula may include prominent Montana nonprofits and the University of Montana.