Bears of Durango Film Screening
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
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
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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to Jul 26

Monarch Butterfly Conservation Workshop


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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Citizen Science Volunteer Training
8:00 AM08:00

Citizen Science Volunteer Training

Join us for a free volunteer training. Learn how YOU can contribute to science and sustainability this summer while you are out hiking.

Bighorn Sheep Monitoring

PikaNet - Pika Monitoring

Invasive Plant Monitoring

Contact with any questions. Hope you can join us! 

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6:30 PM18:30

Russian Olive Removal for Watershed Health

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Russian Olive Removal and Restoration of the Animas Watershed will be the next topic in a free series of talks on April 24, Tuesday evening at 6:30, at the Animas Valley Grange Hall, 7271 County Road 203 just north of Durango.  This topic will be presented by Amanda Kuenzi who is the Community Science Director of the Mountain Studies Institute.  She will talk about a grant- funded project to remove Russian Olive trees from Bakers Bridge to the New Mexico line.  Amanda leads MSI’s programs for citizen science and ecology field projects.


The Grange is sponsoring a series of informative talks by various local experts, and the talks will occur once each month.  Refreshments will be provided.


For further information, please call 385-5298.  See Facebook.


If you come, please consider bringing a non-perishable food or some toiletry items (tooth paste, shampoo, soap, etc.) for our Children's Back Pack  and Pantry program  in cooperation with the Animas Valley Elementary School.  The school children will appreciate it.

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