"Hands-on" doesn't fully capture the type of learning that happens up north. Itasca is a living laboratory and learning community. Students come up north for a truly immersive experience.
You won’t just learn what mammologists (people who study mammals), mycologists (people who study fungi), or animal behaviorists (that one is easy to guess) do… you’ll do what they do on a daily basis. You’ll set traps, key out samples, and design experiments, all with the guidance of supportive faculty mentors and peers.
Registration has closed for the 2022 season. Stay tuned for 2023 updates!
Non-UMN students can register for our field courses. Learn how to register.
2022 Field Courses
2022 Course Costs*
Room & Board (students incur one room & board charge regardless of concurrent registration in multiple Itasca courses)
- 3-week courses — $796
- 5-week courses — $1344
Tuition & Fees
- Transportation fee — $50 (per course)
- Lab materials fee — $88 (per course)
*Scholarships are available to students cover the costs of Itasca field biology courses.
As a University of Minnesota field station, we follow all University COVID-19 policies as it relates to housing, dining and classrooms. All University of Minnesota students enrolled online or in person (including all undergraduate, graduate, professional, and Post Secondary Enrollment Option) were asked to complete this Student COVID-19 Immunization Vaccination Form by Oct. 8, 2021. We anticipate formal guidance for the summer 2022 courses to come in the spring of 2022.
IBSL staff will continue to be in close contact with Collegiate and University leadership to ensure the safety of students and faculty during field courses. If you have any specific questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to email IBSL@umn.edu.