Frequently Asked Questions

The cost includes the course fee, room and board, all meals and program costs.

  • Travel expenses 
  • Recreational expenses 
  • Personal outdoor gear for the Climate Change in Glacier National Park course. This would include all outdoor gear not provided by the Wild Rockies Field Institute (outlined in the "Gear & Clothing List" under the "What Do I Need to Pack" FAQ below).

  • Are you a GEAR UP student? If yes, then your $1,200 course fees are waived because of a generous funding opportunity that we received from the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education.
  • Are you a non-GEAR UP student participating in the Wild Rockies Field Institute course (Climate Change in Glacier National Park)? If yes, then limited scholarships have been made possible by a generous donor. To apply for this scholarship, please complete the application form no later than May 15. You will be contacted by May 18 if you have been approved.
  • Are you a non-GEAR UP student participating in the University of Montana course (Introduction to Public Health)? Unfortunately, no scholarships are available for Summer Exploration 2021.

You (the student who submitted the application) and your parent/guardian will be notified by email no later than May 31, 2021 on a decision. If you are accepted into the program, you will be emailed a registration link, which includes an online form to fill out, a consent to participant form and a link to the payment portal to pay your course fees. If you are accepted into the Wild Rockies Field Institute course (Climate Change in Glacier National Park), you will also need to fill out a medical form.

Air Travel:

Missoula International Airport is about 10 minutes from campus and is served by the following airlines: Delta, Northwest, Horizon (Alaska), United, Allegiant, and Frontier.


The campus map has driving directions to the University of Montana campus.

The preferred arrival time on Saturday, July 24 is between 12:00PM and 3:00PM. Should this not work with your schedule, please let us know as soon as possible and we will do our best to accommodate you.

When students arrive on campus, you will proceed directly to Miller Hall where staff will be waiting to check you into your single-occupancy room, where you can unpack, meet your fellow program mates and walk around the beautiful UM campus.

Beginning at 4:00PM, students and parents/guardians will be invited to an “Orientation and Safety”, during which key information about the program week and life on campus and in the field will be shared. Following Orientation will be a “Welcome BBQ” and an optional “M” hike. Parents and guardians are encouraged, but not required, to attend Opening Day. Parents and guardians may stay through the BBQ on Opening Day; however, programming after dinner is for students only.


Summer in Missoula and Glacier National Park in July average at 75 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit as a high and 40 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit as a low. These temperature changes from day to night can often require layered clothing. Please know that we have tried to include all the big items that you may need while staying with us, but do not forget to think about what makes you most comfortable and what you need for travel, study, and fun. These lists are only recommendations, not requirements.

All students will be staying on campus in Miller Hall for part (or all) of the week. For a list of what is included with the accommodations, please see the Miller Hall amenities flyer

  • 5-6 t-shirts or casual shirts
  • 4-5 pairs shorts/casual skirts/jeans/khakis 
  • 1-2 sweatshirts/sweaters/jackets
  • 1 nicer outfit for the closing showcase and dinner on Friday (7/30) (polo shirt/button down/blouse and slacks/khakis/skirt or dress)
  • 1-2 pairs of athletic wear
  • Socks & underwear
  • Pajamas
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Flip flops / shower sandals 
  • Toiletries
  • Backpack
  • Photos of friends and family
  • Laundry bag
  • Phone + charger
  • Laptop / tablet + charger. The University of Montana also has limited space available for students who do not have access to a computer. 
  • Notebooks and pens
  • Books, magazines, playing cards, etc.
  • Alarm clock
  • Photo ID
  • Spending money for incidentals and optional, non-program activities
  • Any medications that you need (to be held by the program staff unless noted on medical forms.) 
  • Windbreaker/waterproof jacket and/or Umbrella (it almost never rains in Missoula in July

If you are taking the Climate Change in Glacier National Park course, here is the "Gear & Clothing List" for that course. 

PLEASE NOTE that regardless of which course you are taking, below are some items that should be left at home:

  • Cars
  • Expensive jewelry (and other valuables)
  • Large amounts of money
  • Knives or any other weapons
  • Toaster ovens, candles, incense, hotplates or burners, or any other open flames. These are all fire hazards and not permitted.
  • Animals of any kind

While on campus, you will live in a single-occupancy dorm room in Miller Hall.


While on campus, students will primarily eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Food Zoo located in the Emma B. Lommasson Center. We will collect detailed dietary information from students before the program begins to ensure that meals accommodate all allergies and other dietary restrictions.

If you are taking the Climate Change in Glacier National Park course with the Wild Rockies Field Institute (WRFI), then while in the field, students will learn how to use camp cooking equipment to prepare group meals together under the guidance of their instructors. The group will maintain COVID-appropriate distancing and hygiene practices during all food preparation.


All students will be together on campus on Saturday, July 24 for Opening Day and on Sunday, July 25 for some activities around Missoula and programming.  

From the morning of July 25 to the afternoon of July 30, students taking Introduction to Public Health will be on campus taking class in the morning, followed by lunch and free time, study hall, afternoon activities, dinner, evening activities, homework and free time. Examples of afternoon and evening activities include an ice cream social, scavenger hunt, guest speakers and a college workshop.) 

From the morning of July 25 to the afternoon of July 30, students taking Climate Change in Glacier Park, will be in the field camping under the stars each night. Your days will be filled with hiking explorations of different areas in Glacier, activities that examine local ecology and natural history, and meetings with people who are working on different climate issues in the park. 

All students will come back together on Friday, July 30 for a "Family Welcome", "Final Night Showcase" and "Closing Dinner." 

Regardless of which course you take, there will be opportunities and moments for team-building and getting to know yourself and your fellow students in a fun outdoor environment. 

The program will conclude with a family welcome, final night showcase and closing dinner on Friday, July 30. Parents and guardians are encouraged, but not required to attend the closing beginning at 4:00PM. Students will need to check out of their dorm on Saturday, July 31 by 10:00AM; breakfast will be available on Saturday morning. Students who live locally may consider departing on Friday evening after dinner.

Please note that students being picked up by car will be released only to a parent or guardian listed on the registration form. A note is required if an unlisted individual will be picking up the student.