Flathead Lake Biological Station

Established in 1899, Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS) is a freshwater mecca for international and national researchers and students who want to learn or study biology and limnology.  With the addition of the state-of-the-art Schoonover Freshwater Research Laboratory in the early 1980s, Flathead Lake Biological Station has become one of the premiere freshwater research facilities in the country.

Points of Pride

  • Flathead Lake Biological Station monitors the water quality of Flathead Lake and conducts world-class and world-renowned ecological studies.  These studies have been published in top scientific journals.
  • The Station educates and teaches the next generation of scientific leaders, researchers and informed citizens. 
  • FLBS provides expert information and testimony about water quality and ecological issues on a local, national and international level.

Impact of Giving

  • Donations help Flathead Lake Biological Station provide scientific data, interpretation and outreach to help solve environmental problems and inform public policy locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • Private gifts help train graduate students for teaching and service, as well as fund field ecology courses for K-12 teachers, college students and natural resource professionals.
  • Gifts help Flathead Lake Biological Station conduct basic and applied research in ecology, with an emphasis on freshwater research.

Flathead Lake Biological Station's monitoring programs are reliant on private, state and University funding.  FLBS is constantly seeking ways to develop and increase research and educational capabilities to continue to help solve global environmental issues.

In 2011, FLBS received a $1 million challenge gift from an anonymous donor. Since then, all current gifts to FLBS have been matched by this private gift, with the $1 million mark recently being surpassed. Find out more and read our press release covering this collective accomplishment.

To make a gift to the Flathead Lake Biological Station today, please fill out the form below.