Beginning in 1899, the Flathead Lake Biological Station of the University of Montana has been offering transformative field ecology courses in spectacular western Montana. A century ago, the station persisted through the Spanish Flu and we are now working through the COVID-19 pandemic.  Sadly, we had to cancel summer session during 2020 (for the first time since World War II). However, we are cautiously optimistic, given progress on vaccines (hooray for science!) and increased access to testing, that we will be able to convene summer session in 2021, though likely with special precautions.

We expect that students will be especially eager for real-world learning after a year of zoom!This message is to let you know that application will soon open (likely before 15 December) for our 2021 Summer Session and to ask for your help in recruiting great students to our program.


We have seven great courses on offer in both aquatic and terrestrial realms that will be of interest to students ranging from “sophomores-to-be” (Field Ecology) to juniors/seniors to early grad students. Here are some relevant pieces of info:
• many scholarships are available, incl for students outside of Montana
• early application discount (15 January)
• small classes with great faculty (~15 students per class)
• immersive learning featuring field research methods as well as interactions with natural resource professionals
• credits easily transferable to other colleges/universities

For a look at recent fun, check the #flbs19 and #flbs18 hashtags on Twitter or Instagram  And check the video:

FYI:  Students who have completed a first-year college curriculum involving biology, some chemistry, and some math are eligible for our 5-credit Field Ecology class after which they can take subsequent courses that summer.  This is the course that I co-teach with Dr Diana Six.  Anyone who has taken a university General Ecology class is eligible for all our courses.  In any case, students can enroll in any course with permission of instructor so they should contact us if they have questions.  Details in the attached session brochure.

FLBS Summer Session Brochure 2021

FLBS Summer Session 2021 flier