and Civilization Program
(Wilderness Studies Minor)
Offering students a minor in Wilderness Studies,
this two semester, interdisciplinary, campus- and field-based
program begins each Fall Semester. Applications due April 1, apply HERE.
Summer Field Courses
FOREST AND FIRE ECOLOGY OF
THE CROWN OF THE CONTINENT
4 credits, FOR 391
This class takes place in the wild South Fork Flathead River valley, deep in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. We will work alongside researchers studying fire ecology and fire effects in ponderosa pine and western larch forests. We backpack into our remote field sites and float out of the wilderness in inflatable rafts.
FOREST ECOLOGY OF THE SIERRA NEVADA AND
WHITE MOUNTAINS OF CALIFORNIA
5 credits, FOR 391
May 17-June 2
Work together with professional ecologists, USGS field technicians, and students from other universities on a long-term research project in Yosemite National Park. We will study a variety of forest types, including 4000 year old bristlecone pines in the White Mountains. We camp the entire three weeks of this class.
Wilderness Lecture Series
The lecture series serves as a forum for
the exploration of current wilderness issues. Each year,
the series brings scholars and leaders from across the
country to the University of Montana to focus on a particular
theme. The 2014 lecture series this year is entitled, Room to Roam: 50 Years of Wildernes Policy, Practice, Protection and Passion.
Distance Education Program
The Distance Education Program provides online
and correspondence courses focusing on wilderness management
and stewardship. Courses include topics ranging from philosophy
and ecology to recreation and planning.
Yellowstone Field Course
The Yellowstone course introduces students
to conservation issues and the natural history of Yellowstone
with an emphasis on ecology, geology, geothermal activity,
wildlife management, winter recreation issues, tourism,
environmental politics, and ranching.
The photography workshop provides an opportunity
for participants of any skill level to learn the intricacies
of wilderness photography in scenic Glacier National
Wilderness Field Studies
This ten-day intensive course explores natural
resource management and outdoor leadership in the Swan
Valley and the Mission Mountain Wilderness. The course
focuses on wilderness management using the Mission Mountain
Wilderness Area as a classroom and case study.
Outfitting and Packing
The outfitting and packing course offers
hands-on instruction working with packing equipment,
horses, and mules. Course topics include general horse
handling, packing, and minimum impact horse use and
Wilderness Risk Management is a central
component for all of the Wilderness Institute's field-based
learning and service work. We hold high safety standards
and follow a Risk Management Plan and an Emergency Response
Plan developed through years of experience.
Wilderness Medicine Courses
In 1994, WI assisted the Aerie
School for Backcountry Medicine in starting
up its first courses to help prepare outdoor educators and
students for safe backcountry leadership and travel. Today,
Aerie offers a complete set of Wilderness Medicine courses
including Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Wilderness First Responder
(WFR) and Wilderness EMT (WEMT).
WI and Aerie maintain a partnership to offer courses at
The University of Montana. Aerie also offers courses elsewhere
in western Montana.