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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. Here you will find a collection of news, features and opportunities at and about Itasca.

Soil horizon swings

Researchers dig into what earthworms wiggling into previously worm-less areas around Itasca and northern Minnesota means for soils.

earthworm wiggles on forest floor

The team loads up the bags of dried mustard in the car. Next stop: northwest Minnesota. It may sound like a restaurant delivery, but the condiment’s final stop won’t be a diner booth.

The Big River Continuum — Coming Up

The Big River Continuum program at Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories is a collaboration with Tulane University’s Studio in the Woods and the Weisman Art Museum. The program connected two artists — Karen Goulet and Monique Verdin — who live near the headwaters and the mouth, respectively, of the Mississippi River. Come see their work at two upcoming shows.

First fieldwork foray

For the third summer in a row, a White Earth area senior is awarded a field work internship.

WE&I intern stands in water with sample

Alyssa Anderson holds up a sample collected in a stream between Elk Lake and Lake Itasca. Photo credit: Hailey Sauer