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Wilderness & Civilization Program (Wilderness Studies Minor)

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. 2016 admission is currently on a rolling basis . Fill out an application today!

Wilderness & Civilization Program (Wilderness Studies Minor)

Citizen Science

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.

Citizen Science

Wilderness Lecture Series

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. 

Wilderness Lecture Series

Freshman Wilderness Experience

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.

Freshman Wilderness Experience

Patagonia Field Studies Course

Learn about ecology, local guacho culture, and conservation in Patagonia this 3-credit wintersession course. Stay tuned for course dates for 2017 and travel to the Chilean Patagonia's Aysen Region.

Patagonia Field Studies Course

Wilderness Management Distance Education Program

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.

Wilderness Management Distance Education Program

International Seminar on Protected Area Management (ISPAM)

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.

International Seminar on Protected Area Management (ISPAM)

Protected Area Management Distance Education Program

An online program for international protected area professionals who provide stewardship of the world’s precious biodiversity. 

Protected Area Management Distance Education Program

Winter Wilderness Field Studies

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.

Winter Wilderness Field Studies

Yellowstone Field Course

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.

Yellowstone Field Course

Wilderness Outfitting and Packing Course

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.

Wilderness Outfitting and Packing Course

Wilderness Photography Workshop

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.

Wilderness Photography Workshop

Wilderness Medicine Courses

The WI and Aerie School for Backcountry Medicine have collaborated since 1994 to offer a complete set of Wilderness Medicine courses including Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and Wilderness EMT (WEMT) at the University of Montana.

Wilderness Medicine Courses