Student interns



Office of Admissions
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Bruce M. Pitman Center
P.O. Box 444253
Moscow, ID 83844-4253

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322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702

Coeur d'Alene
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1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Idaho Falls
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1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, ID 838402

Experiencing America's Wildest Classroom

"Life-changing, lifetime opportunity, paradise, a gift I will cherish for the rest of my life;" these are the words students use to describe Taylor.

Taylor Wilderness Research Station, owned by the University of Idaho College of Natural Resources, is a 65-acre complex in the heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness of central Idaho.

Accessible only by plane or a 35-mile hike in one of the largest unfragmented tract of wildlife habitat in the lower 48 states, Taylor has been appropriately dubbed "America's Wildest Classroom."

Endowments and scholarships fund a 10-week wilderness intern program designed to give students a one-of-a-kind wilderness learning opportunity they can't get anywhere else.

This summer, five College of Natural Resources students packed their gear and embarked on a flight that would begin a transformative wilderness experience for the next two months.

Andy Osler, a senior majoring in fisheries resources, let his passion guide his research in bull trout habitats as he explored the tributaries of Big Creek. "Having the opportunity to live in a wilderness setting is something that not many people have to pleasure of doing. Being able to conduct research at the same time makes this a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will never forget," says Andy.

For Brian Howard, a senior majoring in ecology and conservation biology, the remote nature of Taylor allowed him the unique opportunity to explore research in an area with minimal human impact.

The impact of Taylor and its offerings extends beyond the millions of acres of wilderness. Shaylee Martling, a wildlife senior, and Crista O'Conner, an ecology and conservation biology senior, collected botanical specimens that will be stored at the University of Idaho Stillinger Herbarium. "The collection we have started should help us to better understand the landscape changes," notes Shaylee.

Mikaela Campbell, a junior majoring in ecology and conservation biology, experienced transformational personal growth at Taylor in addition to her research discoveries. "Doing research there this summer was an amazing chance for me to grow as a student and a person. Taylor changed who I am for the better."

Remote location


minimal human impact


one-of-a-kind environmental research opportunities

Taylor Wilderness Research Station is located in the heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho.

It spans 65 acres on both sides of Big Creek and is surrounded by 2+ million acres of wilderness.

Location: 45.1019°N and 114.8517°W

Elevation: 3835’