Our students have arrived from all over the world — including Pakistan, Dubai, and Canada — as well as all different parts of the United States, and we can already tell this is going to be a great week!


Today we visited INSTAAR, a research lab that studies ice cores in order to further understand climate. There, we set the record for being in the freezer where they keep the ice cores (over three minutes at -15˚F!).  It was super cool. After learning about ice, we discussed mine river acidification and the effects it has on biodiversity.  Check out a video of our time in the lab:



Later that afternoon, Nat Geo expert Joel Hartter gave a presentation on human and environmental relationships, and told us about the work he does with people living near parks in Uganda and eastern Africa.  To cap off the day, we took a scenic sunset hike in the Flatirons and practiced capturing the beautiful Colorado scenery with our cameras.  We’re excited for our mountain adventures to continue!