In 1993, three visionary graduates of the University of Montana’s Environmental Studies Graduate Program came together with a new vision for academically rigorous, college-level, field-based education. And the Wild Rockies Field Institute was born.
Since 1995, WRFI has offered exceptional field-based courses to students from colleges and universities across North America (and occasionally abroad), pioneering a unique educational experience. WRFI’s founders and subsequent staff and instructors share a passion for education that is rigorous, tangible, relevant, applied, and hands-on.
WRFI’s legacy is best exemplified by our growing network of alumni. Students on WRFI’s courses are not passive participants in their education; they fully engage in the course material. As a result, they gain empirical and sensory understanding of what they’re learning, they can apply their knowledge to tackle complicated issues, and they have context for their convictions. WRFI alumni are an impressive bunch and their collective contributions to the causes and communities they choose to live, work and play in are the fuel that keeps WRFI’s home fires lit.
WRFI honors its historic legacy through ongoing commitment to its shared values of wilderness, education, responsibility, respect, and excellence.