Be a changemaker

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Team up with other high school students from around Southwest Colorado and leading experts in climate change and environmental issues to engage in real world research. Study snowpack, water quality, air pollution and other issues we face in the Southwest and around the world.

Environment & Climate Institute (ECI) kicks off with a 4-day summer program, and continues as an extracurricular program featuring Mountain Studies Institute field trips and innovative coursework to keep your curiosity piqued. You'll also have access to FLC student mentors, mobile learning labs, and more.

A free program for all high school students

ECI is open to all high school students living in Bayfield, Durango, Silverton, Archuleta, and Ignacio school districts. And it's free. Participating students will have the opportunity to meet like-minded peers who are passionate about their community and their roles in protecting it. Students will engage in topics focused on climate change and the environment through a broad array of perspectives including science and humanities.

Guide the future of change

Be a mentor

Use your skills as a high school educator and your passion for the environment and climate change to lead tomorrow's changemakers. You'll help connect high school youth to innovative, experiential opportunities that lead them to successful academic and professional careers working for our environment.

There will be professional development opportunities available to ECI Advisors throughout the school year. In addition, educators will be compensated with a stipend for their participation in the year-long program.

Find out more

Contact Alana Romans


ECI is possible thanks to a partnership between the Southwest Colorado Education Collaborative and Fort Lewis College.