Wilderness Institute’s Young Iraqi Leaders Program

By Isabel Langlois I am spending my internship working with the Wilderness Institute’s Young Iraqi Leaders program. IYLP is a program through the State Department that brings high school aged students to the United States to build leadership through experiential learning at a handful of Universities in the US. Many Universities applied to be a…

Buggin’ Out at the Insectarium!

By Sam Olson You saw right! It’s an insect, not a twig! Amazing how things of the world reflect the world. This Vietnamese Walking Stick has survived to pass on its genes because it’s been confused for a twig; in some predator’s eyes, it IS a twig! How we represent the world and how the…

Matt Cvitkovich Internship Blog Post

As I transitioned into the spring semester there was a whole lot of momentum still rolling from my from the work and experience that took place in the fall and winter surrounding standing rock.  For my internship this semester I wanted to try to find a way to utilize the momentum in the mix and…

Oxbow Cattle Company Internship

Jeremy Oades Internship Blog Entry During my time here at the University of Montana I have developed a passion for agriculture. Stemming from this passion I wanted to do an internship that followed this passion while still meeting the requirements for the course. I was fortunate enough to acquire an internship with Oxbow Cattle Company…

Bitteroot and MPG Tracking With Casey

By Jordan Nigh The tracking field trip taught me more about the close, very detailed expression of tracking and how it is a prolonged process. Casey said it took him years to be a specialist of tracking, and being 100 percent accurate is the main goal. However, you can never be completely sure what was…

Black Butte Copper Project

By Chrissy Webb and Matt Cvitkovich Last Friday we made the journey to White Sulphur Springs to meet with executives of Tintina Resources to discuss their proposed Black Butte Copper Project in central Montana. We entered into the field trip with negative pre-conceived ideas about mining, but compared to the other miners we spoke with…

Yaak Valley Field Trip

Will Adams and Sam Olsen What is the purpose of lightning but to fill a cave with calf-skin wet bodies? There is one. It is to fill a cave with bodies which tell stories. Mainly these stories are of lightning. Throw a white stone into the Yaak. In the childhood dark of the Cabinets, there…

Free Cycles Field Trip

Urban Ecology Mariah McIntosh and Isabel Langlois A theme present in the city planning aspects of Bob’s Giordano’s presentation on urban ecology was social equity through improved street design. Giordano offered a well-supported critique of the abrupt, sharp qualities manifested in common city streets. Nearly nothing in nature resembles the ninety degree angles of city…

Sleeping Giant Field Trip

Daniel Pendergraph On the last Citizen Science trip of the season, Dan and Zoe lead one half Wilderness and Civilization students on a Wilderness Character monitoring trip to the Sleeping Giant Wilderness Study Area. This was the last boundary  that the Wilderness Institute needed to monitor to complete the inventory of the Sleeping Giant. we…

Fall Trek in the Bob Marshall Wilderness

Tribe of the Rising Sun William Adams and Jordan Nigh Our contingent of the 41st class of the Wilderness and Civilization Program, known as the Tribe of the Rising Sun, traversed the Bob Marshall Wilderness from East to West. We began our trek in the Rocky Mountain front, just north of Choteau. Sunshine and warmth…

The Wilderness and Civilization Program

Wilderness and Civilization is an inspiring and demanding academic program. It is the only program in Montana where students can earn a Wilderness Studies Minor. Each year, a small group of students from around the country are immersed in the study of wildland conservation and the human-nature relationship. Wilderness and Civilization combines the strengths of…