Student Clubs

Get involved, advance your career goals, and have fun as part of the oldest and largest society for professional fisheries scientists in the world. The UM subunit of AFS is open to all UM students. UM AFS provides members with a way to learn more about local fisheries issues, make contacts with professionals, learn about current internships and job announcements, and get involved with local conservation efforts like river cleanup, restoration projects, and even a fishing trip or two.

Meets every other Thursday at 6 p.m. in FOR 305

Faculty Advisor: Lisa Eby
President: Vincent Hughes
Vice President: Kelsey Stansberry
Treasurer: Brett Traxler

American Fisheries Society, Student Chapter Website

The purpose of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers of the University of Montana is to promote engagement in and around: backcountry hunting and angling, the conservation of wilderness, backcountry, and public lands, the protection of fish and wildlife that rely on clean water and wilderness, and the public’s access to these recreational opportunities. The club will serve by creating a community bringing together students, faculty, and staff and providing an environment conducive for both veteran and novice backcountry hunters and anglers alike to learn and participate in club gatherings.

Meets every other Monday at 6 p.m. in FOR 305

Faculty Advisor: Alex Metcalf
President: Craig Martynn (

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers: UM Club Facebook Page

The UM Student Association of Fire Ecology and Management (UM-SAFEM) connects students, faculty, and community members from diverse backgrounds with a network of fire peers, active fire managers, and fire ecologists. We provide an open forum on fire ecology and management that facilitates networking within the fire management community, providing career training and experience for students enrolled at UM and aiding ongoing fire research.

Faculty Co-Advisors: Carl Seielstad and LLoyd Queen
President: Wesley Vassau
Vice President: William Thibeault
Secretary: Ryan Weeks
Treasurer: Benjamin Gager
Gear Manager: Craig Helmrick

UM SAFEM Facebook Group

Foresters’ Ball is a 102-year old tradition that was originally, and still is, a scholarship fundraiser for students who volunteer their time, regardless of their major or departmental affiliation.

Faculty Advisor: Beth Dodson
Chief Push: Emily Onderbeke
Publicity: Maggie Noriega
Safety: Jayden Peterson
Construction: Clint Reichert
Deconstruction: Shea Schuldt
Logistics: Heather Robertson
Treasurer: Sonny Capece

Foresters' Ball Facebook page

The Forestry Club brings students together to discuss and participate in numerous school-related events such as the Annual Foresters' Ball, the UM Woodsman Team, and the Lubrecht Experimental Forest Section 13 management, along with many other events.

Meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in FOR 206.

Faculty Advisor: Beth Dodson
President: Brock Welte
Vice-President: Owen Worden

Forestry Club Facebook group

The Montana Druids is an honors organization within the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation.  We work for the best interest of the College including, but not limited to: uniting the student body, promoting better relationships between the students within the school and its alumni, and assisting other student groups in their functions through silent, steady work and united effort.

The University of Montana Chapter of the Montana Trails, Recreation and Parks Association is a pre-professional organization for UM students pursuing a career in Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Management.  We work to facilitate interaction between students and professionals and provide opportunities for students to gain real-world, hands-on experience while working with local, state, and national organizations that provide recreation services.

Meets every Monday at 6 p.m. in CHCB 452

Faculty Advisor: Elizabeth Metcalf 

UMMTRPA Facebook page

Our group is part of a nationally recognized society promoting the advancement of scientific forestry and all of its related aspects. We hold meetings that host academic speakers from the professional forestry world and participate in community events. Our group’s history is tied in with the University of Montana’s own W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation as the practice of forestry in America developed in this region; many prominent foresters have come from both UM as well as the SAF. We send student members to the national SAF convention and are partnering with the City of Missoula to manage city-owned land in Marshall Canyon.

Faculty Advisor: John Goodburn (
President: Alexios Smith
Treasurer: Mason Kleinheksel
Instagram: umsafstudentchapter

We are a student-led group in the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana. We provide recreation opportunities to all majors at UM. We plan several recreation trips each year including Glacier National Park and a guided raft trip down one of Montana’s rivers. We also engage in community service. Each year we help out with the Missoula Parks and Recreation Fall Family Fest and plan events with local school groups. Besides volunteering, we also construct the mess hall for the Foresters' Ball, which gives students a chance for ball scholarships. Come join our dynamic group and participate in all the recreation fun we offer!

Meets every Thurs. 7 p.m. in FOR Rm. 106

Faculty Advisor: Jenn Thomsen
President: Madeline Damon (
Vice-President: Nicole Ballard (
Secretary: Caroline Thornberry (
Treasurer: Nick Hall-Skank (
Education/Outreach: Nate Parker

SRA Facebook group page

The UM Society for Ecological Restoration introduces students to the practice of ecological restoration, provides hands-on restoration experience, and provides students with opportunities to network with experts and enthusiasts. Our current projects and programs are:

  • Assisting in the restoration of 200 ha of native Palouse prairie on Mt. Sentinel, directly east of the University campus
  • Promoting the use of native gardening by establishing and maintaining an educational native plant garden that mimics the landscape of the Missoula Valley
  • Hosting restoration events to provide opportunities for students to gain professional experience and to build relationships with diverse members of the restoration community

Faculty Advisor: Cara Nelson
President: Rachel DeRaymond
Treasurer: Travis Husa 

UM Society for Ecological Restoration Website

The Wildlife Society is an international, non-profit, scientific and educational organization comprised of professionals serving the resource management fields, especially wildlife ecology and management. The principle objectives of the Society are to: develop and promote responsible stewardship of wildlife resources and the environments upon which wildlife and humans depend; undertake an active role in preventing human-induced environmental degradation; increase awareness and appreciation of wildlife values; seek the highest standards of professionalism in all activities.

Meets on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. in FOR 305

President: Jonathan Karlen
Vice President: Brian Sewell
Secretary: Gabrielle Renteria
Treasurer: Paige King
Education Outreach: Justin Ruby
Section 13: Isabella Evavold
Section 13: Zachary Cloak

Wildlife Society Facebook page

The Wildlife Society, Student Chapter Website

The University of Montana Woodsman Team is a student-run group that meets once a week directly after Forestry Club usually around 7:30 p.m. in room 206 in the Forestry building. We compete in Collegiate Timbersport events such as axe throwing, pole climbing, crosscut sawing, log rolling, chopping, and other events designed to emulate traditional logging practices. We travel all over the northwest United States to compete against schools such as Oregon State University, University of Idaho, Colorado State University, and Flathead Valley Community College. If you are interested in joining, contact the team captains or email us at

Meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in FOR 206

Faculty Advisor: John Goodburn
Captains: Amber Auld & Carly Stinson

UM Woodsman Team Facebook page

Woodsman Team Website