Thank you for considering an investment in the future of our waters!


Since 1899, FLBS has been recognized as Sentinel of the Flathead Watershed, fulfilling its mission to serve the region, the state of Montana, the nation, and the world by advancing cutting-edge research, monitoring, education and outreach platforms for limnology, ecology, and environmental science from its facility at Yellow Bay.


Starting in January 2024, the Bio Station is excited to announce FLBS125: An Anniversary Initiative to celebrate the 125th anniversary of its founding.  Throughout the multi-year initiative, the Bio Station will reflect on its scientific legacy and accomplishments over the past 125 years while also announcing new ambitions that will advance innovative FLBS aquatic science, monitoring, education and outreach programs in the century to come.


FLBS125 Matching Gift Challenge Opportunity!

Thanks to the wonderful generosity of an anonymous donor, we are excited to announce a $90,000 Matching Gift Challenge Opportunity in support of our Flathead Monitoring Program. Starting today, every gift to the FLBS Flathead Monitoring Program will double its impact through this matching opportunity, giving FLBS scientists a better chance to build upon the Bio Station’s renowned monitoring legacy and increasing our ability to keep watch and sustain our pristine waters for future generations. To participate and double the impact of your gift, simply select the Flathead Monitoring Program fund using the Donation Form below!




Attention Businesses and Organizations:

Join our growing FLBS Business Community!


Named Gifts and Endowments:

If you are considering a larger monetary donation and would like to discuss the possibility of establishing a named gift, scholarship, or endowment, contact the FLBS Director of Development Jeff Babik at (406) 872-4567 or FLBS Associate Director Tom Bansak at (406) 872-4503. You are also welcome to use the contact form below!


Mail Contributions:

Alternatively, if you are not comfortable using this website for contributions, we accept personal checks.

Checks may be made payable to the UM Foundation with a memo noting to which fund you wish to contribute. They may be mailed to the following address:

32125 Bio Station Lane
Polson, MT 59860-6815

Gifts made to FLBS through the UM Foundation are tax deductible within the limits of the IRS 501(c)(3) provision.

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