The Wild Rockies Field Institute

The Wild Rockies Field Institute (WRFI) is a unique organization offering extraordinary experiences for university students interested in an educational adventure. WRFI courses explore the complex cultural, political and natural histories of some of the most interesting and beautiful landscapes in North America. Every WRFI course is set up so participants can earn college credit through the University of Montana in one or more of the following disciplines: Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Science & Management, Geography, Native American Studies and Philosophy. As outside-of-classroom experiences, WRFI courses count as Honors courses toward Davidson Honors College graduation requirements (although there is a maximum of two such experiences that may be counted for Honors credit).

The Wild Rockies Field Institute participants camping.WRFI courses are designed to take students into the arenas where the subject matter they are studying – from ecology to contemporary resource management policy – unfolds before their eyes. By integrating traditional academics with field studies, service projects, and meetings with government officials and community members, we encourage creative and critical thinking, thoughtful dialogue, and exploration of diverse perspectives. And by connecting students with human communities and the natural environments in which they are embedded, our courses help students develop a personal land ethic and a powerful sense of place.

WRFI is currently accepting applications for all of our courses. If you have questions, feel free to email us or to call the WRFI office in Missoula. We'd love to talk to you! For contact information and a list of WRFI courses, visit the Wild Rockies Field Institute.

WRFI Scholarships available for Davidson Honors College Students

The Davidson Honors College (DHC) offers merit scholarships of $500 to $1,000 to University of Montana students who are members of the Davidson Honors College and enrolled in a course with the Wild Rockies Field Institute. To apply for the scholarship, please complete the General DHC Scholarship via Submittable AND the DHC/WRFI Scholarship Application including a one-page personal statement that explains how the DHC Scholarship will help you participate in the WRFI course and what you hope to gain from the experience.