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Wilderness Field Station

This could be the learning adventure of your life!

Imagine that you are sampling aquatic organisms in an ecosystem where the water is so clean you can actually drink it straight from the lake! Imagine you are writing your Nature Writing essay propped against a rock looking up a lake where the forest stretches unbroken for miles and you see no human sign, and hear no human sound! Imagine you satisfy your lab science requirement studying island biogeography on a 10-day canoe trip into the unfragmented wilderness of Ontario's Quetico Provincial Park. Imagine you are describing the evolving dynamics of your own group in your journal around a campfire, as wolves howl in the distance. Imagine you are taking a class at the Coe College Wilderness Field Station.

The Wilderness Field Station is a unique summer program of biological field study in the Superior National Forest in Northern Minnesota. All classes are very small and personal. All courses integrate lectures and laboratory investigation with frequent canoe outings.

2018 Undergraduate Schedule and Deadlines

Session 1: June 9 - July 7, 2018
Session 2: July 7 - August 4, 2018

Application deadline:

Early application deadline: March 19, 2018
Regular application deadline: April 24, 2018
Late applications welcome, please apply!

View application materials.

You will receive notification of acceptance 1-2 weeks after submission.

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If you have any questions about the programs at the Wilderness Field Station, please contact:

Jesse Ellis 
Coe College 
1220 1st Ave NE 
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 
Phone (319) 399-8104 
Email: jellis@coe.edu