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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.

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

Setting the stage

Researchers deploy buoys and teams to collect expansive data sets, and anticipate more research acts to come.

Man in left of frame using a measuring device to mark a small sapling with green forest in the background

It’s a ... buoy! 

From the shores of Lake Itasca, the blob on the horizon might be mistaken for an abandoned watercraft. State Park staff did just that earlier this year.