UM Bio Station to Offer Science and Fun at Annual Open House

July 31, 2019

FLATHEAD LAKE – The public can explore cutting-edge research and immersive education programs during a free open house at the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9.

The bio station is located 17.5 miles north of Polson and 14 miles south of Bigfork along Highway 35, on the eastern shores of Flathead Lake just north of Yellow Bay State Park.

This year, the open house will feature boat trips on the station’s 30-foot research vessel, the Jessie B, and science presentations about Flathead Lake and its watershed; stream, pond and lake creatures; animal hides and skulls; and aquatic invasive species.

The event also will include a few special guests. UM mascot “Monte” will entertain all with his acrobatic antics, and aquatic invasive species detection dogs from Montana’s watercraft inspection stations will show off their impressive mussel-detection skills.

For the first time ever, open house attendees also can view scientific research submarines at the bio station, which are coming to Yellow Bay in August to help scientists collect important data from the bottom of Flathead Lake.

During the event, FLBS artist-in-residence Debby Kaspari will present why “Field Stations Make Good Art Studios” at 2:15 p.m., and bio station director and Bierman Professor of Ecology Jim Elser will give insight into “The Future of Science at Flathead Lake” at 3:30 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided, and there is no cost to attend. This is an excellent opportunity for attendees to meet and talk with FLBS researchers and scientists about their work, all while enjoying an afternoon of sunshine and fun on the shores of Flathead Lake.

For more information about the bio station, visit or  or call 406-872-4500.


Contact: Tom Bansak, assistant director, UM Flathead Lake Biological Station, 406-872-4503,; Ian Withrow, FLBS media/information specialist, 406-872-4544,