United Nations' International Mountain Day

Join the School of Environment and Sustainability in celebrating United Nations' International Mountain Day on Wednesday, December 11, 2019!

A logo for United Nations Mountain Partnership

A logo for Environment and Sustainability at Western Colorado University

Schedule of Events:

Tuesday, December 10:


5:30 - 9 p.m. #MountainsMatter Artists' Social- Exhibit of mountain-themed art by local artists. Coffee Lab Lounge, Western Colorado University.

Wednesday, December 11:


6 - 8 a.m. Mountain Research- Video conference featuring mountain-based universities from seven countries and five continents continents discussing research projects and opportunities. Kelley Hall 151, Western Colorado University or https://zoom.us/j/402326456.

8 - 10 a.m. Mountain Mindfulness- Mindfulness teacher Dusty Sylvanson from the Here and Now Center will lead a meditation focused on the personal values and connection to nature. East Wing of the Leslie J. Savage Library, Western Colorado University or https://zoom.us/j/639431646

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mountain Empowerment- Mountain Service and Recreation options organized by Western’s Healing Coalition.

  • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.- Western’s ENVS 305 and ENVS 100 students discussing Why Mountains Matter with Gunnison Community School 3rd and 6th graders.
  • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.- Community historical and ecological scavenger hunt. Meet at Fireside Lounge in Kelley Hall
  • 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.- Turn the lawn in front of Kelley Hall into a mountainous landscape! Friendly snow sculpture contest honoring the mountains and our natural ecosystem. Meet in front of Kelley Hall.
  • 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.- Ecological and historical snowshoe or hike with Rich Stromberg. Snowshoes provided free to first 20 participants – Rent at WP and mention IMD. Meet at the Fireside Lounge in Kelley Hall.
  • Distance students: please send photos of Mountain Activities from where you live and we’ll post them.

5 - 7:30 p.m. Invitational Mountain Dinner in Mt. Crested Butte- Email mem@western.edu for more information.

8 - 11 p.m. Mountain Prom! - Celebrate Mountains and Boogie Down in your outdoor gear, prom attire, or both! UC Ballroom, Western Colorado University.

For further details email mem@western.edu