MSI's mission is:

"To empower communities, managers, and scientists to innovate solutions through mountain research, education, and practice."

We empower communities to utilize science and innovate solutions that address current and legacy issues and to improve our communities’ quality of life.

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.

...I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news.
— John Muir