Summer courses - 2018

The W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation is offering two field-based courses this summer:

Alaska Field Studies

Explore Alaska’s rainforest on the edge of our continent!  Students will spend three weeks participating in field studies and remote explorations of southeast Alaska’s natural history, political ecology, cultural history, and efforts to design sustainable economies across the Tongass National Forest. You'll sea kayak, learn about Leave No Trace ethics and learn how to plan expeditionary trips.  Taught by Director of the Wilderness Institute Natalie Dawson. Open to all UM majors, undergrad or graduate students.

  • Course: NRSM 491, 3 credits (can take for grad credit)
  • Course dates: June 15-July 6, 2018
  • Travel/logistics fee: $2,100 (includes travel to/from AK plus all course expenses incl. food). UM tuition not included in this fee.
  • Information on summer registration, tuition and fees on the UM Summer 2018 web site. Register with Consent of Instructor: contact  




Practice and Theory of Sustainable Ranching - supervised internship

Spend two weeks in the Blackfoot Valley herding cattle, monitoring pastures, learning about grizzly and wolf coexistence and exploring land ethics in the context of a working Montana ranch. Bandy Ranch is a 3,436-acre working cattle ranch managed by the W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation. Taught by Bryce Andrews and Gillian Thornton. Open to all UM majors, undergrad or graduate students.

Bryce Andrews has worked for a decade as a ranch manager and land steward in Montana, and currently serves as the Northern Field Director for the nonprofit group People and Carnivores. Gillian Thornton is currently pursuing an M.S. in Environmental Studies from UM and serves as the Energy and Sustainability Educator at the Clark Fork School in Missoula.