From the Archives: Summer Education in 1901

From the Archives: Summer Education in 1901

Transcribed from the Archives: Originally published in The Missoulian on May 16, 1901

BIOLOGICAL STATION: Work of the Summer School Outlined by Prof. Elrod

Staff of Instructors for the Ensuing Year – Season Will Begin Monday, July 22



Professor Morton J. Elrod of the State University, director of the Flathead lake biological station in its summer school work, has sent from his office a pamphlet descriptive of the work to be done the present year. The progress made in this work during the few years since its organization has been of benefit to those who have taken part, and the unusually splendid field for the studies of biology, botany, ornithology, and nature study have attracted the attention of eastern educators, who will engage extensively in the work of the present year. The announcement is:

“The Biological station was established for the purpose of offering to the students of the University and to the teachers and students of the state an opportunity for study, collection, investigation and recreation during the summer. By providing the best facilities the state can afford, and making instruction free to all, the summer work at the station presents exceptional opportunities for study, and every encouragement is given to those attending to have both a pleasant and profitable time. The situation of the station on the largest fresh water lake in the Northwest makes possible a study of inland and cold water life not presented at many localities.

The staff of instructors for the present year are:

Morton J. Elrod, professor of biology, University of Montana, director

Dr. D. T. MacDougal, New York botanical garden, botany

Mr. R. S. Williams, New York botanical garden, ferns and mosses

M Silloway, principal Fergus county high school, ornithology

Maurice Ricker, principal high schools of Burlington, Ia., nature study and microscopical technique

The pamphlet of Professor Elrod recites interestingly of the various departments of the work and how they will be carried out. As to the fees and expenses it states that here are to be no tuition fees. Students attending will be charged for material used and for a share of the expense of excursions and the like necessary expense. Splendid opportunities for a real camp outing will be afforded, the region of the station affording a bountiful food supply.

The course of instruction will open Monday, July 22, and continue four weeks. It would be most satisfactory to enter at the opening but students will be admitted at any time during the term. Correspondence is solicited, for which full information will be furnished by applying to Prof. Morton J. Elrod, Missoula.