Apply now! Summer & Fall Montana Field Programs

Spring is rolling north slowly; the Missoula Valley is already reporting western bluebirds and meadowlarks, while only 60 miles north as the crow flies, the Swan Valley is still draped in snow and ice. We are eagerly awaiting the first reports of bears leaving hibernation. We’re also anticipating our upcoming courses and the outstanding group of students we’ve already accepted who will join us this summer and fall for an unforgettable field experience.

Field Programs

Wildlife in the West is an action-packed month of wildlife studies, from practicing telemetry to tracking grizzlies to howling for wolves and hunting for salmon redds. You will encounter more wildlife than you ever imagined possible and will also meet the people actively working on wildlife conservation and management, as well as a variety of citizens helping to resolve wildlife conflicts.

This program usually fills by the beginning of April – Submit your application now for the best chance of acceptance for 2012. To read more about this program, visit our Barn Blog for students’ natural history observations and reflections on wildlife conservation. Or check out some of our game camera videos for a glimpse of a few of the wildlife species you might encounter during WIW 2012.

The Landscape & Livelihood Field Semester goes deep into conservation and restoration of working landscapes. In addition to offering engaging field studies and immersion into the Swan Valley community, we will be harvesting fruits and veggies from a new farm at our facility that will feed students and provide a window into local food production. Northwest Connections is also developing “Swan Valley Innovations,” a sustainable business incubator, that will bring students to the intersection of rural conservation and economic vitality. Meet the students from 2011 and explore some of their experiences during the program. Or glance through a sample of their amazing field journaling.

Apply by April 6th for the best chance of admission to either of these programs. To learn more, contact Education Program Director Andrea Stephens 

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