Get into the Field

Immersing our students in the natural world is a cornerstone of the Environmental Science and Sustainability Program. We take full advantage of the incredible outdoor classroom that is Western Montana.  Field classes explore pristine natural settings, working landscapes and heavily degraded ecosystems. Students get to see, understand and participate in environmental science while learning about the principles and practices needed to sustainably manage these systems.

Hands-on learning is critical to ESS, since the knowledge and skills developed through experiential learning are valuable to students and their future employers. Depending on their concentration, students connect their coursework to real world project through internships, senior theses, or capstone projects. These experiences help students build field and research skills, connect classroom learning to applied projects, and prepare students for employment after graduation. Our hands-on learning opportunities are among the most meaningful and transformative educational experiences available to college students anywhere.

Many of our students also participate in field programs through UM’s Flathead Lake Biological Field Station or partner organizations such as Swan Valley Connections, Wild Rockies Field Institute and Round River Conservation Studies

Students in the field
Tent on a Starry Night