Bridging MOuntains Network Teaching Resources

Mountain Studies Institute is dedicated to fostering understanding and exploration of San Juan Mountains through science, including ecology, hydrology, forestry, climate, and social science. The Bridging Mountains Network brings schools and communities together through shared curriculum, research, and field trips. We hope these resources promote curiosity and sense of place for students and teachers across our mountain communities.

Announcing the Second Annual SAN JUAN RESILIENCE YOUTH SUMMIT April 16, 2020
Students will present to an authentic audience of several schools, land managers, and community leaders on topics related to RESILIENCE AND WATER
TEACHERS: Get your class involved.


ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESOURCE GUIDE for Southwest Colorado: a resource for students, parents, and teachers to find experiential and career building opportunities nearby:
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Activities and Lessons



Our waterways are the veins of our communities, connecting the highest mountain basins above Silverton and Telluride to the lower valleys of Farmington and beyond. Help us understand the health of our waterways, and how they change with events including the Gold King Mine spill and 416 Fire.

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Forests cover much of our local land, from the pinon-juniper stands of our lower elevations to the ponderosa pines surround many of our towns, to the spruce-fir communities of our towering mountains. Join Mountain Studies in researching how our forests respond to factors including water availability, fire, insects, diseases, climate changes and land management strategies.



These lessons contain many different activities, concepts, and teaching materials that can be used either in sequence or separately as stand-alone modules. For an overview of how climate topics can support Colorado State Standards, visit Learn More About Climate.