Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) is an independent not-for-profit mountain research and education center established in 2002 in Silverton, Colorado. MSI develops science that people can use to address environmental issues facing the San Juan Mountains. We conduct and facilitate research, provide educational opportunities and internships, and conduct environmental monitoring. We connect scientists and stakeholders across the San Juan Mountain region to go beyond scientific inquiry to the meaningful application of knowledge that makes a difference for the quality of the environment and our communities.
This years conference will be held in Mountain Village, CO and the San Miguel Watershed. This event is FREE and open to the public. May 28th we will tour mining and reclamation sites in the San Miguel watershed. May 29th will feature speakers, panel discussion, and poster session at the Peaks Resort in Mountain Village. Click to learn more and to register.
MSI advances research and collaborations to explore mountain systems and apply science to emerging issues.
MSI empowers people of all ages and occupations to use information to make decisions and take action on issues affecting their communities.
We equip community members with knowledge, skills and confidence to participate in fun research activities to inform sustainable community solutions.
MSI works works to bridge gap between citizens, stakeholders and the science community to form partnerships and collaborations to enhance the integrity of the San Juan Mountains
MSI is accepting applications for 2015 internship programs for college and high school students
Rob Blair, a founding member of MSI and visionary leader, was a vibrant ideas person and inspired many to discover the San Juan Mountains in new ways. We are grateful for his leadership and inspiration. Visit Rob Blair's Memorial Page.
The San Juan Mining and Reclamation steering committee bring you the 2015 San Juan Mining Conference to Telluride May 28-29. The primary goals of this annual conference are to educate the public and other stakeholders on the science and policy of mining, mine lands remediation, and water quality as it relates to non point source pollution, improving mining practices, and addressing water quality impairments through workshops, field tours, and presentations.
Join Mountain Studies Institute as we host the June Durango Green Drinks of the Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado, SASCO. This monthly event is hosted by SASCO and a partner organization to provide a social forum for community members to meet, network, discuss issues and projects related to sustainability, and get connected to exciting things happening in our greater community.