The Power of Place

I often find myself in conversations trying to explain what I do in the summers, and that leads to inadequate descriptions of Mountain Lake. “It’s a field station.” “We train students and support research.” “It’s kind of like a summer camp for bio-geeks.” Pretty quickly I resort to an invitation to visit and see what we do first hand. There’s really no substitute for even a quick visit to the Station to convey the feeling of community, exploration, and possibility that comes from time at MLBS. We rely on Mountain Lakers past and present to create that environment and hope you can find time in your busy lives to visit the mountain or share your memories with us.

We are, as always, grateful to those of you who support us in spirit, as well as those of you in a position to help us further our mission through gifts. We hope to see you on Salt Pond Mountain soon.

Butch Brodie, Director

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MLBS Walton Lecture

The Walton Lecture series was initiated in 1980 and continues to bring some of the most exciting personalities in evolution, ecology, and behavior to interact with the Station community. Recent Walton Lecturers have included Joan Strassman, Curt Lively, Gina Baucom, and Andy Sih. Your support is what makes it possible to offer the Walton Lecture each year. Your support is what makes it possible to offer the Walton Lecture each year.
Walton Lecture Sponsor: $1,000
Walton Lecture Supporter: $500

Friend of MLBS

Your gift will be directed toward the most pressing needs of the Station.
Friend: $50


To direct your gift to one of the areas below, please use the "friend of MLBS" field on the form, check "my gift has special instructions," and indicate the contribution area.


Student Scientists

Fellowships allow us to offer financial assistance to those students who might not otherwise be able to study at the Station. Your support ensures that passionate students will be able to experience all that Mountain Lake offers.
Graduate Student Fellowship: $500
Undergraduate Student Fellowship: $250


Sharing the Mountain Lake community with artists-in-residence each summer has led to some exciting new perspectives and appreciation for the aesthetic wonders of both our science and our surrounds. The Lucile Walton ArtLab Fellowship supports the visit of one prominent artist each season. Gifts go to this fellowship and to support other ArtLab artists-in-residence.
ArtLab Sponsor: $500
ArtLab Supporter: $250

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To mail in your gift

Make checks payable to "The College Foundation of U.Va."

If you wish to specify a gift area, please indicate one of the following in the memo field of your check:

  • MLBS Walton Lecture
  • MLBS Student Scientists
  • MLBS ArtLab
  • MLBS Friend
Mail to:
The College Foundation of U.Va.
P.O. Box 400801
Charlottesville, VA  22904-4801