Supporting stewardship of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness 
and fostering appreciation of wild lands.

Citizen Science Projects

Need another reason to go into the A-B Wilderness?  How about helping collect data in the backcountry using GIS equipment?  Volunteer for one of our “Citizen-Science” trips we have planned for this summer.  You will join a small team, headed by a trained Wilderness Leader from the University of Montana’s Wilderness Institute.  Together you will backpack into a remote area for five days and collect data on the level of user-impacts and the quality of the Wilderness experience at many of our backcountry sites in the A-B Wilderness.

This is the third summer the ABWF has partnered up with the Wilderness Institute to collect important data for the Custer Gallatin National Forest that helps them with management of the A-B.  This year we are focusing our efforts on sites on the Gardiner District around Jardine.

Citizen-Science is a term that describes utilizing untrained, citizen-volunteers with a passion for their wild lands to assist trained scientists in collecting data on a whole host of scientific subjects.  To date, we have used volunteers on projects reintroducing native Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout, studying the fragile glaciers in the high Beartooths, better understanding the extent of disease on threatened whitebark pines, and helping the Forest Service gather data about where in the A-B Wilderness the greatest user impacts are found.

We hope you can help us!  This year's trips are currently FULL!  

1) June 29th to July 4th:  Specimen Creek Hi & Lo Routes east of Jardine: Full 6/13/17

2) July 27 to July 30: Knox Lake/Fish Lake/Monitor Pk area. N. of Jardine: Full 6/13/17 

Trips are 4-6 days in length and are led by experienced, trained Wilderness Leaders from the Wilderness Institute in Missoula.  Group size is limited to 5-6 volunteers, so if you’re interested in this volunteer opportunity, sign up soon!  

You MUST Sign up at the Wilderness Institute website:

Dinners are provided.  You provide your own breakfasts, lunches, and snacks, and all your own backpacking gear.


Sorry.  These trips had limited space and filled up quickly as of mid-June.  However if you are interested in other Citizen Science type efforts, please contact us directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 406-425-1944.


For more info contact the Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana (406.243.5361 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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