The Flathead Lake Bio Station

32125 Bio Station Ln 
Polson, MT 59860-6815 


The Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS) is a Center of Excellence and administrative unit within the University of Montana system. They are an ecological research and education center located on Flathead Lake in the Rocky Mountains near Glacier National Park. For over 100 years, they have conducted college courses, graduate programs, and research focused on the Crown of the Continent ecosystem.

Students and researchers from around the world continue to come to FLBS to learn about ecology and limnology from experts in the field. They conduct year-round novel research to help people live in a healthy, sustainable environment and help policy-makers make informed decisions. FLBS activities help Flathead Lake remain the jewel of Northwest Montana now and for future generations.


Artists-in-Residence will have access to:

Lodging and studio space

80 acres of Flathead Lake shoreline and forest

Access to Glacier Park (1 hour) and lots of other public wild-lands

Canoes, kayaks and rowboats plus trips onto Flathead Lake with researchers

Biological collections: mammal hides and skulls plus many taxidermy birds

Museum, including old historic photos from Morton Elrod, FLBS founder

3-D printers, CNC mill and other manufacturing capabilities

Near Bigfork and its artist community

The Bio Station has residency opportunities for Spring and Fall.