Overlooking a lake at the Wilderness Field Station in Minnesota

Wilderness Field Station

This could be the learning adventure of your life!

Field Station logo

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, with no more than eight students per instructor. All courses integrate lectures and laboratory investigation with frequent canoe outings. Each class undertakes a lengthy canoe trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Student paddling a canoe

2019 Undergraduate Schedule

Session 1: June 15 - July 13, 2019
Session 2: July 13 - August 10, 2019

Students looking at wildlife

Application deadline:

April 1, 2019

Early applications welcome. Courses fill on a rolling basis.

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


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

Jesse Ellis

Jesse Ellis 

Coe College 

1220 1st Ave NE 
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 

Phone: 319.399.8104 
Email: jellis@coe.edu