Summer - Overview

FLBS Statement on COVID-19

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS) research labs are currently open to essential personnel. Those working in the labs or in an administrative support capacity continue to practice social distancing at FLBS facilities; other personnel are currently telecommuting. If the situation changes, we will institute varying levels of research operations, which will be the decision of University of Montana President Bodnar in consultation with the Commissioner of Higher Education and the Governor of the State of Montana.

We anticipate summer season research, summer session courses, internships, and other outreach activities may be impacted by the pandemic. Please bear with us during this very fluid situation. In the interest of public health, and safety of students and FLBS personnel, it is quite possible that we will suspend some or all summer activities to reduce spreading the novel coronavirus COVID-19. We will evaluate canceling some or all courses no later than early in May, and will keep you informed of any changes to other summer activities or FLBS facilities closures via established lines of communication including this web page.

Thanks and stay safe,
Jim Elser, Bierman Professor of Ecology and Director

About the FLBS Summer Academic Program

The FLBS summer academic program emphasizes experiential learning through direct field-based observation and hands-on use of advanced research instrumentation in our facilities on the east shore of Flathead Lake. Courses involve field trips throughout the Flathead watershed, including Glacier National Park, and most courses include overnight camping.

FLBS immersion-style courses may be taken for undergraduate (300/400 level courses) or graduate (400 level courses) credit basis, and FLBS courses substitute for required or elective courses in many campus degree plans. You may choose to attend just one 2 or 4 week course or enroll in a combination of courses for up to 8 weeks earning from 3 to 13 credits. We recommend students take a full course load to get the best return on the dollar.

By gaining real field experience in a research and education environment, you will be more competitive for graduate school or your next job. FLBS courses are also great for professionals looking to upgrade their training.

Experience sweeping vistas and traverse spectacular terrain while exploring pristine alpine wilderness and crystal-clear mountain lakes, streams, and rivers- all benefits of an academic adventure and scholarly fun in Northwest Montana's "Crown of the Continent".

Looking for Graduate Student opportunities? Visit our Graduate Studies page.

Why FLBS Summer Courses?
Earn up to 13 credits in only 8 weeks
3-5 credits per course (most courses)
Gain Real Field Experience
Learn under the Big Sky of NW Montana
Study in pristine, wilderness areas
Many scholarships available!
Financial aid options
Small class sizes, interactive faculty
Credits transfer to most universities
Same prices for residents or nonresidents
Apply by Jan. 13 for a ($100.00) discount!
Only $2,130.00 per 2 week course *
* Including tuition, meals, and double-occupancy cabin.

A Legacy of Ecological Education

The first FLBS field course was offered in 1899 (121 years ago!), distinguishing FLBS as one of the oldest biological stations in the United States. Courses and faculty have changed over the years, but our commitment to high-quality education remains consistent with founder Dr. Morton J. Elrod’s vision of sharing knowledge through field experience.

On the Shores of Flathead Lake

The Station is located on the east shore of Flathead Lake, ~85 miles north of Missoula, MT. In this pristine setting, you will be one of about 40 students living in cabins and will meet a diverse group of people. FLBS is a year-round facility with research, education and support staff of about 35 people plus postdocs, grads and interns, and a steady flow of visiting investigators from across the U.S. and around the globe.

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