Yellowstone Field Course

NRSM 374 - Late January, spring semester, 2019 (1 credit)
NOTE: This course runs every other year 

Take this unique opportunity to study in Yellowstone over a long winter weekend! Students in the Yellowstone Studies course spend four days exploring ecology, geology, geothermal activity, wildlife management, winter recreation issues, tourism, environmental politics, and ranching.

This course introduces students to conservation issues and the natural history of Yellowstone with an emphasis on:

  • The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem concept including conservation of biological diversity and interactions between private, National Forest and National Park lands
  • Interactions between elk, bison, cattle and their predators and habitats inside and outside the park
  • Natural and anthropogenic disturbances spanning time scales of millennia to decades and how they interact to explain both the natural functioning and diversity of this complex region.

Course participants observe wildlife behavior in the Lamar Valley, enjoy the boiling river, and ski to Tower Falls for an onsite geology lesson. The course also includes talks from university professors, National Park Service staff, wildlife researchers, landowners, and environmentalists. Diverse perspectives offer students an opportunity arrive at their own conclusions about the challenges faced by the residents, managers, wildlife, and visitors of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Get a sense of what this course is like! View the course through the eyes of Spanish exchange student Cristina Rubio; take a few moments to watch her incredible 


To learn more, or to sign up, contact:
Joanna Campbell

Course costs: UM tuition/fees plus $150 for transportation, lodging, and activities (does not cover some food or personal gear). If registered for 12 or more credits, there is no additional tuition cost for this course.