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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 RidgeWilderness Photography Workshop less than a month away!

Space is limited in this workshop led by expert photographer, David Marx, so sign up today!  The workshop takes place in Glacier National Park from October 3-5, 2014.  Contact wi@cfc.umt.edu or call (406) 243-6916 and visit the Wilderness Photography page to learn more.

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.

Wilderness 50th Anniversary LogoThe Wilderness Act was signed into law on September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson.  The National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) was created and 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people was established.  As of 2014 over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system.  Join us in celebrating 50 years of wilderness in our country.