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The Wilderness Institute


The mission of the The Wilderness Institute is to further the understanding of wilderness and wild lands stewardship through education, research and service.

Housed within the University of Montana's College of Forestry and Conservation, the Wilderness Institute provides students, agencies, and the general public with information, educational programs and resources, and technical tools to understand public lands conservation, land stewardship, protected areas management, and the social and ecological values of wilderness.

Rocky Ridge2015  Spring Wilderness Issues Lecture Series Topic Announced: 

Wild Lab: Weaving stories through wilderness research

The lecture series is free and open to the public and also available credit through the University of Montana. Spring semester Wilderness Issues Lecture Series is available for 1 credit as NRSM 371,
CRN:  30273.

February-March 2015, Tuesdays 7:10-8:30 p.m.  For more information visit the Wilderness Issues Lecture Series website.

JanineThe Wilderness Institute Launches the Freshman Wilderness Experience 

Led by experienced and qualified UM students, for UM freshman only, the Freshman Wilderness Experience (FWE) is for students who want to make friends, learn about Wilderness out their backdoor, and hit the ground running before the first day of class.  

To learn more about the successful new program, read the press release or visit the Freshman Wilderness Experience page.

View the 2014 Wilderness Photography Workshop Student Slideshow!

In September of 2014 a group of students embarked on a 3 day course in Glacier National Park with professional photographer David Marx.