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General Frequently Asked Questions

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What types of programs does the Station offer for local citizens? for students? for researchers?

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When will the new Summer Session schedule be available?

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When is the next Groundwater-Surfacewater workshop?

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How do I get to the Station?

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What is the Summer Session application deadline? What application materials are required?

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Where can I receive answers to other questions?

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How do I get to Yellow Bay State park? Can I reserve a camping site? Where do I pay for a campsite? Are there any campsites available?

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Are there tours of the Station?

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Can we use the Station facilities for a meeting or a retreat?

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Who can I talk to about water quality issues in the Flathead Basin, Flathead Lake shoreline protection, local flora/fauna, hanta virus, swimmer's itch, or local soil/climate/geology?

FAQ Answers

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What types of programs does the Station offer for local citizens? for students? for researchers? Back to Top

 

The Flathead Lake Biological Station offers a variety of informative lectures, seminars, workshops, and courses. Most of these offerings occur in the late Spring, Summer, and early Fall.

For local citizens, the Flathead Lake Biological Station periodically offers a seminar series that brings specialized speakers from a variety of subject areas to share their knowledge and ideas.

We also offer an annual open house providing an opportunity to tour the station grounds and learn about the science that helps protect many local lakes and riparian areas.

We also offer a variety of workshops and seminars throughout the year. Check this site periodically for updated information on these offerings.

For local teachers, we encourage local ecology and advanced biology teachers to contact us for information on how your classes can benefit from field trips to the Station.

For college students, we offer both M.S. and PhD. degree options and an annual summer session with aquatic and terrestrial ecology courses, including a new Field Ecology option. The FLBS summer session is open to both graduate and undergraduate students.

For scientists and researchers, we offer a number of research opportunities. Investigators from around the world come to the Station to spend one week to two years working on projects, learning from and sharing knowledge with our research faculty.

For more information on any of the options above, please contact us.

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When will the new Summer Session schedule be available? Back to Top

 

Each year's Summer Session schedule is released in December or early January. Email us or check the Summer Session pages for updated information.

3 When is the next GW-SW workshop? Back to Top
 

The Groundwater/Surfacewater workshop is a technical workshop sponsored by the USEPA and FLBS. For more information on upcoming workshops, visit our Workshops & Seminars page.

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How do I get to the Station? Back to Top

 

Click here for a printable map and directions.

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What is the application deadline? What application materials are required? Back to Top

 

Summer session deadlines vary each year. Visit the Summer Session homepage to confirm the official deadline and other application information. Several of the classes fill quickly so early registration is advised.

Required Application Materials

Bio Station Online Application
$200 Deposit (check, money order, or credit card)
Official or Unofficial Transcripts for All Students

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Where can I receive answers to other questions? Back to Top

 

Check out our main page, contact us by email, or call us at (406) 982-3301.

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How do I get to Yellow Bay State Park? Can I reserve a camping site? Where do I pay for a campsite? Are there any campsites available? Back to Top

 

The entrance to Yellow Bay State Park is just south of the entrance to the Flathead Lake Biological Station. We are located on Highway 35 on the east shore of Flathead Lake, 18 miles north of Polson and 15 miles south of Bigfork.

Yellow Bay State Park is managed by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. They can be contacted at 406-751-4673.

Blue Bay Campground, 5 miles south of Yellow Bay, may also have campsites available. It is owned and managed by the Confederated Salish & Kootenai tribes. For more information, contact the SK Natural Resources department at 406-675-2700.

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Are there tours of the Station? Back to Top

 

Self-guided tour brochures are available Monday-Friday from 8am - 5pm. Guided tours may be available on a limited basis. Please see our Tours page for more information.

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Can we use the Station facilities for a meeting or a retreat? Back to Top

 

The Station does have facilities available for educational and research-related seminars and groups. Please see our Reservations homepage for more information.

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Who can I talk to about water quality issues in the Flathead Basin, Flathead Lake shoreline protection, local flora/fauna, hanta virus, swimmer's itch, or local soil/climate/geology? Back to Top

 

We are happy to provide information on a variety of topics that affect local residents and visitors. Please email us with general questions. For more immediate issues, please call us at 406-982-3301 and press 0 (zero).

Other agencies to contact include:

Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribal Shoreline Protection Office- (406)-675-2700
Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Headquarters -(406) 752-5501
Bigfork Chamber of Commerce -(406) 837-5888
County Health Depts - Flathead County (406) 758-5750-  Lake County-(406) 883-7288
U.S.Forest Service Kalispell Office- (406) 758-5200

Summer Session FAQs

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Where are you located? Do you offer transportation?

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Do I need to be accepted at the UM to enroll at the Flathead Lake Biological Station?

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What is the minimum and/or suggested course load?

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Do any of your courses have prerequisites?

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What is the application deadline? What application materials are required?

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Can I commute each day instead of staying in Station housing?

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Do you offer health insurance?

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Can I bring my dog to the station during the summer session?

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Do you have computer facilities? Will I be able to access email and the internet?

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What personal items should I pack for the summer session?

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What is my address while staying at the Station?

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Where is the nearest grocery store\ATM\convenience store?

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Is scholarship funding available?

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Can I receive a refund if I need to cancel my enrollment?

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Where can I receive answers to other questions?

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Where are you located? Do you offer transportation? Back to SS ?'s

 

We are located on the east side of Flathead Lake off of Highway 35 at Yellow Bay, approximately halfway between Bigfork and Polson. Please see our Summer Session Logistics page for more information on arranging transportation to FLBS.

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Do I need to be accepted at The University of Montana to enroll at the Flathead Lake Biological Station? Back to SS ?'s

  Formal admission to The University of Montana is not required to register for Biological Station courses.
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What is the minimum and/or suggested course load? Back to SS ?'s

 

Students are required to enroll for a minimum of 3 credits. As with most universities, enrolling for a full load will give you the best return per tuition dollar. However, we will work with you to tailor a session for your specific needs. You may want just one 2-week or 4-week course, or you may wish to pursue some special problems work with one of our outstanding professors in lieu of the formal courses. Numerous enrollment options are available throughout the 8-week session.

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Do any of your courses have prerequisites? Back to SS ?'s

 

Please do not enroll in any of these courses if you have not had introductory college-level biology, ecology, chemistry or equivalents. Without these elementary prerequisites, you will have difficulty with FLBS courses.

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What is the application deadline? What application materials are required? Back to SS ?'s

 

Deadlines 

Scholarship information, registration and application information application and deposit due dates all vary from year to year. For more information, visit the current Summer Session pages for specific information.

Required Application Materials

FLBS Summer Academic ProgramOnline Application
$200 Deposit (credit card only)
Official or Unofficial Transcripts for All Students

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Can I commute each day instead of staying in Station housing? Back to SS ?'s

 

Living on the Station grounds is required to allow full-time interaction between students, instructors and the world-class research program at the Flathead Lake Biological Station. A number of meal plans are available to meet student course needs.

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Do you offer health insurance? Back to SS ?'s

  Health insurance is not available through the Flathead Lake Biological Station. Students are strongly encouraged to carry their own medical health insurance. Medical facilities are available in the nearby towns of Polson, Bigfork and Kalispell.
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Can I bring my dog or pet to the station during the summer session? Back to SS ?'s

  Pets are not allowed on the Station grounds.
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Do you have computer facilities? Will I be able to access email and the internet?

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FLBS no longer maintains a student computer lab. We strongly recommend bringing your own laptop. Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint are also recommended for optimal collaboration with faculty and peers.

Email accounts are not issued to FLBS summer session students. Those students actively enrolled through The University of Montana can continue to use their existing email account. Note that these accounts are not managed by FLBS.

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What personal items should I pack for the summer session? Back to SS ?'s

 

Students and staff need to bring the following items:

Printable list(-PDF)

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What is my address while staying at the Station? Back to SS ?'s

  Your name
32111 Bio Station Lane
Polson, MT 59860-6815
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Where is the nearest grocery store\ATM\convenience store? Back to SS ?'s

 

The nearest convenience store and ATM is 8 miles north, in Wood's Bay. The nearest grocery store and bank are located 15 miles north in Bigfork. Traveler’s checks are an added convenience for the duration of your stay.

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Is scholarship funding available? Back to SS ?'s

 

Yes. Numerous scholarship are available, and qualified students are strongly encouraged to apply. See the scholarship page for details and requirements.

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Can I receive a refund if I need to cancel my enrollment? Back to SS ?'s

 

Cancellations received in writing before the cancellation date will result in a refund, less a $50 processing fee. Please see our Summer Session Homepage for more details on this year's cancellation date and requirements.

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Where can I receive answers to other questions? Back to SS ?'s

  Check out our main page, contact us by email, or call us at (406) 982-3301.