2016 Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer as a Citizen Scientist: 6 trips in 3 unique locations to choose from!

In 2016, we are partnering with both the US National Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management wilderness managers to monitor for field measures of wilderness character.  

Here's a snapshot of our 2016 summer trips:

  • 3 to 6-day trips into the backcountry
  • Learn about invasive species, native plants, monitoring methods, and the natural history of a vast wilderness and smaller wilderness study areas
  • Backcountry experience is helpful but not necessary
  • Dinners are provided daily
  • Transportation is available from Missoula as well as selected towns in study vicinity

Contact Us
citizenscience@cfc.umt.edu 
406-243-6916

Students in the Anaconda Pintlers

Sleeping Giant/Sheep Creek WSA Trip #1
5/27-5/30
Difficulty: Moderate

The Sleeping Giant formation is a well-known landmark, visible from Helena, MT. This WSA is comprised of about 11,000 acres of steep, irregular topography with elevations ranging from 3,600 to 6,800 feet.  A diversity of important wildlife species live here, including a thriving population of mountain goats that occupies the high outcroppings.

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Sleeping Giant/Sheep Creek WSA Trip #2
6/3-6/5
Difficulty: Moderate

 

 

The Sleeping Giant formation is a well-known landmark, visible from Helena, MT. This WSA is comprised of about 11,000 acres of steep, irregular topography with elevations ranging from 3,600 to 6,800 feet.  A diversity of important wildlife species live here, including a thriving population of mountain goats that occupies the high outcroppings.

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Missouri River Breaks
Cow & Antelope Creek WSA
6/11-6/16
Difficulty: Moderate

Highlights of this trip will include camping and travelling in rugged, colorful broken topography on the edge of Missouri River country. Expect steep, narrow slopes and open vistas.

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Absaroka Beartooth
Mill Creek to Boulder Creek
6/30-7/5 
Difficulty: Moderate/strenuous

This 26-mile trip will start at the East Fork Mill Trailhead. It will include snow travel over a mountain and potentially large river crossings. Highlights will include high mountain terrain and moderate trail travel while covering a lot of ground.

 

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Absaroka Beartooth
Box Canyon to East Fork Drainage
7/23-7/28
Difficulty: Moderate

This trip will start and end at Box Canyon trailhead. Travel will be moderately strenuous.  The inventory focus will be East Fork, Slough Creek drainages and possibly Blue Lake area. There will be some off trail hiking at times.

 

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Absaroka Beartooth
Pine Creek to Jewel Lakes
8/16-8/21
Difficulty: Moderate

After a good push up (3000 feet in 5 miles) and out of Pine Creek this trip will feature monitoring in the Jewel Lakes area.  The trip will include off-trail hiking to upper lakes as well as campsite rehab. 

 

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