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Programs Overview

Scientific Research


The Whitefish Lake Institute conducts scientific research for the community and resource managers to enable them to make informed decisions in the Whitefish Lake watershed and beyond.
Science Advisory Committee
Baseline Monitoring
Weather Station
Special Projects
Northwest Montana Lakes Volunteer Monitoring Network
Aquatic Invasive Species

Education and Outreach


The staff of WLI believes it is important to reach citizens of all ages in Whitefish and its surrounding communities about water ecology. Efforts in this area include work with grades K-12, high school job shadow opportunities, college internships and thesis support, educator in-service training, and presentations to civic groups reaching citizens of all ages throughout the community.
K-12 Programs
Teacher In-Service Training
Scholarships and Internships
Civic Group Presentations
Living Watershed Learning Center
Chris Ruffatto Excellence in Education Award
Flathead Sourcebook Educator's Guide

Community Stewardship

Our Community Stewardship Program provides opportunities for community members to participate in protecting Whitefish Lake for coming generations. Participants increase their understanding of the value of our natural resources while taking into account their individual impacts on them. It is the ongoing engagement and participation of local businesses, residents, and visitors that ensures the success of our programs. These efforts to protect our natural resources while supporting responsible growth—and the financial contributions made to WLI today—are investments that will reap rewards in the economic health of our community long into the future. Through the Community Stewardship Program, WLI recognizes citizens and organizations that make extraordinary stewardship efforts. Recipients are awarded annually for their contributions.

Citizens Advisory Committee
Whitefish Lake Resource for All
Averill's Viking Creek Wetland Preserve
Living Wetlands Interpretive Nature Trail
Community Participation
Stewardship Awards