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Montana: Ecology of the American West

Montana: Ecology of the American West

Montana: Ecology of the American West
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15 Jun 2013 to 21 Jun 2013


International Center for Environmental Studies in the Humanities

The American landscape is stunning and diverse but has changed dramatically over the eons. This course will explore these changes, study flora and fauna, learn regional history, and examine local conservation efforts and issues. We will study the ecology of the region by making daily excursions to nearby sites including Yellowstone National Park. We will stay at a beautifully restored ghost town with most of the comforts of home. Additional opportunities such as horseback riding, botany and bird watching are available.

Registration for this program is now open. If you want to join WSU for this amazing opportunity, sign up as soon as possible – spots will go fast!

Destination: Lakeview, MT
Dates: June 15 – June 21, 2013
Program Director: Dr. Brian Barber
Director Email: brianbarber1@weber.edu


The Academics

For participating in this travel study program, you will receive 3 hours of WSU Credit in Honors 3900: Honors Colloquium.

The Faculty

Dr. Brian Barber Dr. Barber is an ecologist and evolutionary biologist at Weber State University. His research focuses on how historical geological and climate changes have shaped current animal diversity and patterns. He has conducted research on birds, mammals, butterflies, fish, crabs, and deep-sea anenomes. His research has taken him to South and Central America, Russia, and most of western North America. Backpacking, Native American archery and American History are some of his recreational interests.

The Itinerary

June 15:          Depart from WSU at 8:00 a.m.; arrive at Centennial Valley
June 16:          Ice ages & geological changes: Earthquake at Elk Lake
June 17:          Lewis and Clark’s America, Early Americans and visit to Camp Fortunate
June 18:          Fire and the land: Sandhills Habitat Restoration
June 19:          American Bison & Wolves of Yellowstone
June 20:         Swan conservation at Red Rock Lakes National Wildife Refuge
June 21:          Return to WSU.

The Details

The tentative cost includes:

  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Faculty and course credit

All participants must be at least 18 years old, have completed at least one year of college coursework, and be in good physical and mental condition. This program is open to all WSU students, with preference given to Honors students. Participants will be expected to sleep in a bunkhouse and may need to supply some personal items for sleeping such as a pillow, sheets, blankets, and/or sleeping bag.

The Bottom Line

$200 non-refundable deposit due April 22, 2013.
Remaining balance due no later than May 15, 2013.

You may pay in person at the Hurst Center room 102B, by phone with a credit card, 626-6600, or 1-800-848-7700, extension 6600.


The Fine Print

If the trip is cancelled, all participants will be refunded in full. Any refunds for withdrawal from the program will be determined by the Study Abroad Director according to the recoverability of incurred costs and fees, and according to Continuing Education Policy. Once the group leaves, all costs are non-refundable in their entirety. Dates and prices may change. It is the responsibility of each participant to be aware of any changes by staying in contact with Study Abroad and the program director.



If you have any questions, feel free to contact your program director, or call Continuing Education at (801) 626-6600.