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Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories

Program Type
Field Experience
Environmental Science, Microbiology, Ecology
Itasca, MN
Host Only
Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories is a University of Minnesota field station dedicated to research and teaching on how ecosystems work, with an eye to cultivating an appreciation of their value and preservation for future generations. Three ecosystems converge at Itasca: coniferous forest, eastern deciduous forest and tall grass prairie. Plants and animals native to each are abundant in the 50 square miles of Itasca State Park. The headwaters of the Mississippi River are located within Itasca State Park and the river itself is a rich source for field biology research and education. Our students study aspects of the river, including its microbial diversity. Students typically take 1-2 upper-division courses on subjects like: Field Microbiology, Field Mycology, Field Ornithology, Animal Behavior, or Field Mammalogy. 3-week courses run from May 16-June 3 and 5-week courses run from May 16-June 17 (2022 dates).

Additional Information

Costs: This program is available on Host Pay only; enrolled students pay about $520/credit. Additional costs include: Room and Board ($796 for 3-week courses and $1344 for 5-week courses), Transportation Fee ($50/course), and a lab materials fee ($88/course).

Access Types:
  • Open: open to all eligible applicants who meet stated deadlines

Contact Information

David Holliday
NSE Coordinator
612-626-2044 (P)

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