Beetle Talk & Tour
Sep
20
12:00 PM12:00

Beetle Talk & Tour

Please join us to learn more about beetles and their role in our forests with the Southwest’s insect experts! Please RSVP for this event and remember to bring sunscreen, a hat, a water bottle, rain-gear (just in case), and appropriate hiking clothes and shoes.

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Bears of Durango in Silverton
Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

Bears of Durango in Silverton

On Tuesday, September 17th at 6:00PM Mountain Studies Institute and Silverton School are bringing the film Bears of Durango to Silverton. Admission is free with donations suggested. Donations will be used to develop the documentary into an educational tool that can be used in bear-blessed communities not just in the Rockies, but all around the world.

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Naturalist Workshop
Aug
28
9:00 AM09:00

Naturalist Workshop

Join us for a free workshop to learn how we can participate in monitoring the health of our rivers and streams. We will ID the flora and fauna that supports these lifelines.

All workshop activities will take place at Four Mile Ranch (just 5 miles north of Pagosa)

To Register, please RSVP to

Keith Bruno at kbruno@audubon.org or (503) 729-8196

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Aug
10
9:00 AM09:00

Hermosa Resilience Project

When: Saturday, August 10 9a-12noon

Where/Directions: Please plan to carpool. North on 550 to FS Road 576, head up road to the campground

What to wear: Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes or boots, long pants, shirt (long or short sleeved), sun hat, sunscreen, and bring a lunch, water bottle, and a rain jacket (optional). Trails 2000 will provide all tools, instruction, water and lunch for trail work volunteers.

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Aug
9
8:30 AM08:30

Resilient Southwest Teacher Workshop

  • Durango Community Recreation Center - Sunlight Room (map)
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We invite you to join Cooperative Institute for Environmental Sciences (CIRES) Education and Outreach, the Mountain Studies Institute, and local experts for a one-day professional development workshop to learn about hazards affecting Coloradoans; floods, wildfires, extreme heat and drought. Learn about the latest science and how to implement place-based curriculum in your classroom, including a scenario based role play game for the classroom.

Click Here for Workshop Flyer and Details

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Jul
21
to Jul 25

Outward Bound

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MSI is working with Outward Bound this year as they work at Brooklyn Mine and Ophir Pass. 12 students will be working on July 21 and 24 students on July 25 where they will plant the remaining 600 spruce trees and 200 forbs.

This event is closed to the public.

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Wildfires and Wildflowers:  A Colorado Native Plant Society Field trip
Jul
20
9:00 AM09:00

Wildfires and Wildflowers: A Colorado Native Plant Society Field trip

The 2018 416 Fire burned in the Hermosa Creek Drainage just North of Durango. As the fire moved across the landscape, it encountered various fuel conditions and forest types and thus burned at different intensities across the Hermosa geography. As a result, the landscape is left as a mosaic with plants in various successional stages. This provides an excellent opportunity to explore how fire interacts with forests and how plants respond to disturbance through a botanical lens. This field trip will take participants on a short hike up the Hermosa Creek trail to examine plant communities in different burn severities. As a group we will see how species present in these different burn severities differ. These observations will be conducted in tandem to other data be collected by Mountain Studies Institute to improve our understanding of how forests respond to fire.

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Jul
12
9:00 AM09:00

FLIP Midterm

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MSI’s FLIP cohort of 9 interns is half-way through their 11 week internship. They will be gathering in Silverton to plant trees as part of a reclamation effort at the Brooklyn Mine – an abandoned mine site. We will be working with Gretchen Fitzgerald, USFS forester and mentor of one of the FLIP interns. We will be planting about 300 spruce trees and using biochar to help remediate the soil. Later in the day, interns will practice science communication by presenting locally and/or topically relevant scientific articles to the group and offering one another feedback.

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Moving Mountains, A Resilient Future
May
23
5:00 PM17:00

Moving Mountains, A Resilient Future

  • Purgy's Restaurant @ Purgatory Resort (map)
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Join Mountain Studies Institute for our spring fundraiser, Moving Mountains. This year we will be celebrating “A Resilient Future.”

A Fiesta Buffet dinner + Cash Bar
Live Music | Guest Speaker | Invitation to Donate

Have questions? Contact Tiffany, tiffany@mountainstudies.org

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San Juan Resilience Youth Summit
Apr
18
9:00 AM09:00

San Juan Resilience Youth Summit

Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) is hosting the inaugural San Juan Resilience Youth Summit at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in Durango, CO on April 18, 2019 from 9 am – 1:00 pm. Students from Silverton School, Durango High School, Big Picture High School, and Escalante Middle School will present their research on topics related to the theme Resilience in the Face of Wildfire. This event is open to the public.

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Bears of Durango Film Screening
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Bears of Durango Film Screening

Join us for a Best of the 2018 Fest screening of Bears of Durango, the 2018 Audience Award winning documentary film. Director Dusty Hulet and Mountain Studies Institute, will be present for the screening and subsequent Q&A.

When: Friday, February 8th @ 7 pm

Where: The Animas City Theatre

Learn more about the film HERE

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MSI benefits from Purgatory's Local's Benefit Day
Jan
27
9:00 AM09:00

MSI benefits from Purgatory's Local's Benefit Day

Buy discounted lift tickets to Purgatory at least 48 hours in advance and a portion of each ticket sale will go to Mountain Studies Institute to support our inaugural San Juan Resilience Youth Summit. The SJRYS will provide an opportunity for students to present their learning about resilience of San Jaun Mountain watersheds, forests, and air quality in the face of wildfire.

Benefit day ticket prices: Adult: $45 | Teen: $32 | Child: $25 | Senior: $32

Purchase lift tickets here 48 hours in advance

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Recreation and Resilience after the 416
Oct
22
5:00 PM17:00

Recreation and Resilience after the 416

Join us to explore the connections between forests, fire, recreation, and community resilience. Between a Community Foundation fundraiser, film screening, and fireside chat with recreation and conservation leaders, you'll leave with inspiration and understanding of how to get outdoors while helping to restore the forest. 

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Jul
25
to Jul 26

Monarch Butterfly Conservation Workshop

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Monarch and Milkweed Conservation in the West – Durango, CO

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Optional one hour informal discussion from 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fort Lewis College, Dept. of Biology, Berndt Hall 235
Durango, CO

Thursday, July 26th, 2018 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Animas River Wetlands
Durango, CO

Join the Xerces Society, the Southwest Monarch Study, and Mountain Studies Institute for a workshop to learn more about western monarchs, milkweed, and how you can get involved in current conservation efforts.

The workshop will be broken into two sessions: an evening classroom session at Fort Lewis College followed by a morning field session along the Animas River. During the field session, we will search milkweeds for adult and immature monarchs, practice tagging and data collection, and tie in lessons learned from the classroom.

Click here for more information and to register.

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