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Last updated APRIL 4, 2009



July 21 through July 28, 2009
8 Days total, including 2 travel days

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June 12 through June 26, 2009
15 Days total, including 3 travel days

This course takes a systems approach comparing two distinct ecological regions of North America, and the science behind the conservation and management of wildlife species endemic to these regions. Coursework incorporates hands-on field activities in the short-grass prairie and montane ecosystems in north central Montana and in the coastal prairies and marsh ecosystems in south Texas. Participants will learn about topics related to the unique ecology and habitats of the regions with emphasis on management issues regarding plants and animals. Computer technology associated with systems ecology and management, and mapping will be taught during the course.

  • species diversity
  • habitat ecology and management
  • population ecology
  • predator-prey interactions
  • conservation ethics
  • wildlife and plant identification
  • soil classification
  • water quality
  • landscape geology.

Participants will have the opportunity to travel between north central Montana and south Texas while learning and working with a variety of wildlife, conservation, and natural resource professionals and land managers in both regions. They will also have the opportunity to interact with teachers from throughout North America. We emphasize the comparison of how past and present cultures affects management and stewardship of ecosystems.

Course Setting

MONTANA – The 6,000-acre Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch (TRMR) is located 100 miles northwest of Great Falls, Montana, in a unique ecotone between the Rocky Mountains, adjoining Foothills, and the expansive Short-Grass prairie. The TRMR is owned by the Boone and Crockett Club, and operates as a working cattle ranch that conducts research, education, and demonstration programs in wildlife conservation and integrated land management.

TEXAS – The 7,800-acre Welder Wildlife Refuge is located 35 miles north of Corpus Christi, Texas, in an ecotone between the Gulf Coastal Prairies and Marshes, and the Rio Grande Plains. The primary purpose of the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation, headquartered at the Refuge, is to fund and conduct research and education in the field of wildlife management, conservation, and closely related fields. The property is operated as a working cattle ranch and research station.

These diverse environments offer exceptional field experiences to study the coexistence of agricultural land uses, stewardship, wildlife and wildlands.



  • Must currently be teaching a science, outdoor or related education class or have an interest in applying with a science teacher from the same school*;
  • Are required to take the course for credit;
  • Will be required to 1) design a place-based module to include classroom activities and at least one field investigation focused on conservation in local community, and 2) develop a group presentation describing how to incorporate CAB information into classroom learning. ;
  • Course grade will be based on level of participation during the course and quality of final course products.
  • Are expected to present a workshop or in-service about CAB  to fellow teachers during the following school year;
  • Must have a letter of support from school principal or superintendent;
  • Will be required to travel by air between Montana and Texas, hike 1-3 miles at altitudes of 5,000 – 8,000 feet above sea level, and have high tolerance to heat and insects to complete the course;
  • Will have costs for lodging, materials, and meals (other than those incurred while traveling to, from, and between course locations) covered by grant funding;
  • Will be required to pay: a $250 application fee, any tuition or fees associated with graduate credit, and airfare fees.
  • Will be responsible for the transportation fees (airline or ground) to attend the course.
  • Will be responsible for any personal expenses.

COSTS for CAB MT-TX include:

  • $250 course application fee.
    A full reimbursement will be made to the applicant if application is NOT complete or does NOT meet the course requirements. Should the accepted applicant cancel before the cancellation deadline of May 30, 2009, the applicant will be reimbursed the application fee minus a $35 processing fee.
  • Any tuition or fees associated with graduate credit, airfare or ground travel fees to and from the course are solely the participants' responsibility.
  • Any personal expenses are the participant's responsibility.


  • Costs for lodging, materials, and meals (other than those incurred while traveling to, from, and between course locations) are covered by grant funding in 2009.
  • Airfare between Montana and Texas are covered by grant funding in 2009.


  • Dallas Ecological Foundation
  • Dallas Safari Club
  • David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Ed Rachal Foundation
  • Harvey Weil Sportsman Conservationist Award
  • John G. and Marie Stella Kennedy Memorial Foundation
  • State Farm Insurance Companies
  • The Rachel and Ben Vaughan Foundation
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

2009 course Application

Click here to download a 2009 Application for the CAB MT-TX Course (Microsoft Word Form).

cab MT-TX downloads

2009 CAB Brochure
CAB MT-TX Brochure
CAB MT-TX Application

For more information call Lisa Flowers at 406-472-3311, email

*Teachers from other disciplines may apply for the course if done in with a science teacher from their school. These teachers should describe in their application how they integrate the sciences in their teaching. Teachers applying as a team will receive a discount of $25 on their each of their application fees.

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