Programs & Field Courses
Offering students a minor in Wilderness Studies in just over a semester, this unique interdisciplinary, campus-and field-based program begins each fall semester. Early admission deadline is February 15 of each year. Fill out an application today!
Since 2005, the Wilderness Institute has worked closely with agency and community partners to address this short-fall by recruiting citizens to help trained field staff assess on-the-ground conditions, perform basic stewardship activities, and monitor wilderness character.
The lecture series serves as a forum for the exploration of current wilderness issues. Each year, the series brings scholars and leaders from across the country to the University of Montana to focus on a particular theme.
A four-day backpacking trip in Montana's wilderness areas for incoming University of Montana freshman. Experience the wilds around Missoula before you start classes; courses led by trained and certified UM students.
Learn about ecology, local guacho culture, and conservation in Patagonia this 3-credit wintersession course. Stay tuned for course dates for 2018 and travel to the Chilean Patagonia's Aysen Region.
The Distance Education Program provides online and correspondence courses focusing on wilderness management and stewardship. Courses include topics ranging from philosophy and ecology to recreation and planning.
ISPAM is an integrated, state-of-the art course that examines strategies to conserve the world's most special places. The seminar is designed for mid-career planners and managers of nationally significant protected areas worldwide, and focuses on evaluating the policies and institutional arrangements that sustain both people and natural resources.
An online program for international protected area professionals who provide stewardship of the world’s precious biodiversity.
This ten-day intensive course explores natural resource management and outdoor leadership in the Swan Valley and the Mission Mountain Wilderness. The course focuses on wilderness management using the Mission Mountain Wilderness Area as a classroom and case study.
The Yellowstone course introduces students to conservation issues and the natural history of Yellowstone with an emphasis on ecology, geology, geothermal activity, wildlife management, winter recreation issues, tourism, environmental politics, and ranching.
The outfitting and packing course offers hands-on instruction working with packing equipment, horses, and mules. Course topics include general horse handling, packing, and minimum impact horse use and camping techniques.
The photography workshop provides an opportunity for participants of any skill level to learn the intricacies of wilderness photography with professional photographer David Marx in scenic Glacier National Park.