The Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS) is a University of Montana Center of Excellence that conducts ecological research with an emphasis on fresh water, particularly Flathead Lake and the Flathead watershed . The Bio Station also provides field ecology courses for college students, natural resource professionals and educators from around the nation; trains graduate students for professional and teaching careers; and provides scientific data, interpretation and outreach to help resolve environmental problems and inform public policy. Founded in 1899, it is one of the oldest active biological field research stations in the United States. Originally established in Bigfork, it was relocated to Yellow Bay on the East Shore of Flathead Lake in the early 1900s. Facilities are available for rent to groups with an academic or research objective.