Landscape & Livelihood is a 16-credit field program that immerses students in the working landscapes of Western Montana. These glacier-carved mountains and valleys are home to a diverse suite of wildlife, the headwaters of North America, expansive forests and farm lands, and dispersed rural communities. We invite students to study the complexities of natural resource management through experience. The semester is divided into five classes: Forests and Communities, Agriculture and Sustainability, Biogeography, Watershed Dynamics, and a Community Conservation Project. Students will explore the relationships between rural livelihoods and natural resource conservation and learn strategies that transform challenges into opportunities for sustainability. We believe that a deep understanding of ecological processes combined with empathy for human communities leads to innovative and thoughtful stewardship. Landscape & Livelihood develops practical and analytical conservation skills that you can take anywhere. Make lasting connections. Make Montana your classroom.


August 31 - November 7, 2020

Program fee: $11,250
University of Montana credit fee: $775

Scholarships and financial aid are available


We offer a $750 early enrollment discount for Landscape and Livelihood applications received by December 31, 2019 and a $500 early enrollment discount for applications received by March 1, 2020.

Program fee includes:

  • Tuition

  • All meals and lodging

  • All course reading material

  • Ground transportation during the program, including pickup and drop-off at Missoula's airport.

  • Group camping equipment

  • Group field gear

Required personal gear is listed HERE (PDF)

To learn more contact
Jonathan Bowler, Education Director
office: 406.754.3137

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