Swan Valley Connections: Landscape and Livelihood

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Landscape and Livelihood is a 16-credit field program that immerses students in the working landscapes of Western Montana. These glacier-carved mountains and valleys are home to a diverse suite of wildlife, the headwaters of North America, expansi... read more

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I learned all about community and about biodiversity in the north western Montana mountains. I learned what it takes for people to live and work in an amazing place. It was very worth while a day doesn't go by where I don't miss it. - Iowa State University View Entire Review
Not only did I gain knowledge from the classes I took but I also learned so much about the people living and working in the area - Boise State University View Entire Review
I learned that humans are not separate from the earth; we are a part of it. The trip was invaluable. - Texas A&M University - College Station View Entire Review
Expanded my knowledge about how rural societies interact with ecosystems in the west. Things are much more complex than I'd known before. - University of Montana-Missoula View Entire Review
Past Review Life Changing!
I gained a lifelong passion for place-based experiential education. I earned an M.S. as a result of studying the program. - University of Montana-Missoula View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Swan Valley Connections: Landscape and Livelihood
This program taught far beyond a traditional classroom setting. Although I learned the typical material, I also learned what it meant to be a part of a progressive community and how to work daily with those around you to improve or protect the place you live. Most importantly, this program really showed me how to apply the knowl... - University of Kentucky View Entire Review
I loved this program, I learned an enormous amount, and retained so much more of my learning than in other college classes. I wish each of my semesters could have been a program in the field like this one. It certainly changed the course of my life, as something like this might, and I'm immensely grateful for the privilege of m... - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
Submersion into the ecology and rural life of the northern Rocky Mountains. - Purdue University View Entire Review


Landscape and Livelihood is a 16-credit field program that immerses students in the working landscapes of Western Montana. These glacier-carved mountains and valleys are home to a diverse suite of wildlife, the headwaters of North America, expansive forests and farm lands, and dispersed rural communities. We invite students to study the complexities of natural resource management through experience. The semester is divided into five classes: Forests and Communities, Agriculture and Sustainability, Biogeography, Watershed Dynamics, and a Community Conservation Project. Students will explore the relationships between rural livelihoods and natural resource conservation and learn strategies that transform challenges into opportunities for sustainability. We believe that a deep understanding of ecological processes combined with empathy for human communities leads to innovative and thoughtful stewardship. Landscape and Livelihood develops practical and analytical conservation skills that you can take anywhere. Make lasting connections. Make Montana your classroom.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Agriculture
  • Soil Sciences
  • Natural Resources, Conservation
  • Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Fisheries Science, Fisheries Management
  • Forestry
  • Wildlife Science, Wildlife Management
  • Environmental Law
  • Botany, Plant Biology
  • Zoology, Animal Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Parks and Recreation Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Rural Sociology
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Swan Valley Connections Scholarships

Swan Valley Connections maintains a scholarship fund for students who would otherwise be unable to attend one of our academic-credit field programs. Scholarships from our general fund are based on a combination of financial need and academic merit and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Our Agnes Beck Memorial Scholarship is reserved for students who currently have in-state status at any Montana university.

Typically, our awards range from $500 to $1500 depending on fund availability and financial need

April 1st

To apply for either a Swan Valley Connections General Scholarship or the Agnes Beck Memorial Scholarship, download, fill out, and return a Scholarship Application to sara@svconnections.org or via mail to Swan Valley Connections, 6887 MT Highway 83, Condon, MT 59826-9005.