Published: April 27, 2022

Hello from the Crown of the Continent in Northwest Montana!

Students may still apply to attend summer session 2022 field ecology courses at Flathead Lake Biological Station through May 9 at After May 9 late registration is possible by emailing

We just reopened several previously full courses to new applicants: BIOE 440 Conservation Ecology, BIOE 451 Landscape Ecology, BIOE 439 Stream Ecology, and BIOE 453 Lake Ecology. Other courses remain full.

Please share this information with faculty, colleagues, research associates, students, and program advisors by—

  • Announcing these opportunities in your classes
  • Circulating to students in your lab
  • Sending to relevant student clubs 
  • Forwarding this information and attachments to student advisors 
  • Posting and distributing the attached flier where interested students might see it
  • Distributing to colleagues at other universities who can spread the word at their institution.

In return, we will return students who attend these courses back to you who are psyched about ecology, knowledgeable about field methods and research approaches, and more appreciative of the natural world.

Jim Elser, Director and Bierman Professor of Ecology, Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana

GET OUT HERE to northwest Montana’s Crown of the Continent for immersive field ecology courses at University of Montana’s FLATHEAD LAKE BIOLOGICAL STATION! 
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These are words students use to describe immersive Field Ecology courses at University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS) in spectacular northwest Montana, USA. The summer academic program emphasizes experiential learning through direct observation of biota and ecological processes plus hands-on activities in a research-intensive atmosphere.

Credits earned at FLBS are easily transferable to most college and university degree programs. Apply at

Courses run June 20 through August 12, 2022 and will be of interest to students ranging from sophomores-to-be to upper division undergrads to early grad students.

5 credit course, undergraduate credit

3 credit courses, undergraduate or graduate credit

1 credit course, undergraduate credit:

  • BIOB 494 Seminars in Ecology 6/20/7/15 (Open)

Students taking these courses benefit from low student-faculty ratios, great facilities and lake-side living, a dedicated support staff, outstanding instructors, and classes that synergize with FLBS’ world-class research. Courses involve numerous field trips to many Flathead Watershed locations including Glacier National Park.