2017 Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer as a Citizen Scientist

In 2017, we are partnering with both the US National Forest Service wilderness managers and the Bureau of Land Management land managers to monitor for field measures of wilderness character.  

Here's a snapshot of our 2017 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

Meet our amazing crew of field leaders!

Contact Us
citizenscience@cfc.umt.edu 
406-243-6916
Students in the Anaconda Pintlers

BLM Wilderness Study Areas Trips

Terry Badlands BLM Wilderness Study Area | 6/8-6/13 | Register for this trip

Billy Creek and Seven Blackfoot Wilderness Study Areas  | 6/22-6/27  | Register for this trip

Catch-All Tour of BLM WSAs  |  7/6-11  |   Register for this trip

Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Trips

Specimen Creek Trail  |  6/29-7/4 Register for this trip

Knox/Fish Lake Trail  |  7/27-30  |  Register for this trip

SEE BELOW FOR FULL TRIP DETAILS

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Terry Badlands BLM Wilderness Study Area | Register for this trip

June 8-13, 2017 (Thursday through Tuesday)

Difficulty: Car camping with some rugged on-trail hiking and off trail navigation

The Terry Badlands Wilderness Study Area, located in the far easter portion of the state near the town of Terry, Montana. This WSA is made of 42,950 acres with a road, the Calypso Trail, bisecting the rugged landscape.  Colorful, banded cliffs overlook the rolling prairie vegetated with range grasses, native wildflowers, brushy plants such as sage, yucca, & greasewood, and scattered juniper.  One of the nation’s most easterly stands of limber pine is found in the northwestern portion of the WSA.  The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (Yellowstone River) is part of the eastern border of this WSA.


Billy Creek and Seven Blackfoot Wilderness Study Areas | Register for this trip

June 22-27, 2017 (Thursday through Tuesday)

Difficulty: Car camping with rugged day hikes through off trail backcountry

Billy Creek WSA (3,450 acres) and Seven Blackfoot WSA (20,250 acres) are located approximately in the eastern part of Montana near the town of Jordan.  These WSAs bound each other as well as the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.  The rugged topography is made of steep slopes exposing geological layers millions of years.  Ridge tops and creek bottoms both offer growth of trees; that contain moderate stands of ponderosa pine and juniper.  Elk, deer, hawks, owls, and a variety of songbirds find their home in this rugged landscape. 


Specimen Creek Trail, Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness | Register for this trip

June 29-July 4 (Thursday through Tuesday )

Difficulty: Challenging

A difficult 6 day route that will require some route finding, off trail navigation and significant elevation change. This portion of the Absarkoas have dense forests and broad mountain meadows crossed by meandering streams. Mt. Cowan is the tallest peak in the Absaroka Range, topping out at 11,206 feet. Bighorn sheep and mountain goats roam about the mostly rugged country, along with elk, deer, moose, marmots, coyotes, black bears, wolves and a substantial grizzly population.


Catch-All BLM WSA Tour | 
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July 6-11, 2017 (Thursday through Tuesday)

Difficulty:  Car camping with rugged hiking through off trail backcountry

Sometimes the weather does not cooperate with us or we simply run out of time. This trip will cover the "danglies," the areas we just did not get covered on our two prevous trip to the other BLM WSAs. Time permitting, we will aslo monitor in the Bridge Coulee WSA (5900 acres) and Musselshell Breaks WSA (8650 acres). The rugged landscape of numerous steep hills and deep coulees houses a variety of wildlife. 


Knox/Fish Lake Trip, Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness | 
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July 27-30, 2017 (Thursday through Tuesday)

Difficulty: Moderate 

Out-and-back on a well-established trail with moderate elevation gain and loss.This portion of the Absarkoas have dense forests and broad mountain meadows crossed by meandering streams. Mt. Cowan is the tallest peak in the Absaroka Range, topping out at 11,206 feet. Bighorn sheep and mountain goats roam about the mostly rugged country, along with elk, deer, moose, marmots, coyotes, black bears, wolves and a substantial grizzly population.