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.
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