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Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories

Program Type
Field Experience
Microbiology, Mycology, Mammalogy, Ornithology
Itasca, Minnesota
6-16 credits
Host Only
Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories (IBSL) 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. Students may choose from 6 Field Biology courses including Microbiology, Mycology, Mammalogy, Ornithology, Animal Behavior, and Entomology. Some courses run 3 weeks (May 12-31) while others run 5 weeks (May 12 through June 14).

Additional Information

Requirements: Prerequisite: College-level Biology Course

Costs: Students pay in-state tuition ($557.55/credit) plus room and board ($860.50 for 3-weeks or $1463.50 for 5-weeks), plus a $50 transportation fee (per course) and $88 lab materials fee (per 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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