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The Telluride Institute collaborates with leading artists, scientists, and educators to make change happen through freethinking research. We are an innovative non-profit organization that fosters the transition to a sustainable world.

SUPPORTING THE HEALTH OF ENVIRONMENTS & CULTURES

The Telluride Institute was founded in 1984. Crossing continents, politics, and disciplines, our programs demonstrate innovative and practical methods for building and sustaining healthy communities and environments. We work to create and advance real solutions that support the well being of environmentscultures, and communities.

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August 5, 2022

Join our Fens Presentation & Tour

August 5, 2022

Schedule is now live for Telluride Mushroom Festival 2022

August 2, 2022

Walking Talking Gourds: Live Readings this Summer

PROGRAMS

Working both locally and globally, the Telluride Institute creates and advances a variety of programs to support the health of cultures and environments. Stay up-to-date with all of the programs on our News & Events page. We inspire and inform a growing group of citizens to turn them into stewards who care for their surroundings and do business with the health of the San Miguel Watershed in mind.

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TELLURIDE MUSHROOM FESTIVAL

Held annually in Telluride, TMF celebrates all things mycological, from the newest advancements in mushroom science to our famous mushroom cook-off.

WATERSHED EDUCATION PROGRAM

Assisting classroom teachers in planning and executing full day and overnight field trips that are tied directly to their classroom curriculum and the Colorado State Standards.

TALKING GOURDS

Inspired by Silverton climber, skier, author and deep ecologist, the late Dolores LaChapelle, Talking Gourds has become a poetry program sponsored by the Telluride Institute.

MASTER IN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Through applied master’s projects with community organizations, MEM students foster ecologically resilient, economically sustainable, and socially just communities.

UTE RECONCILIATION

There are five parts to reconciliation - the incident, an apology, the acceptance of an apology, reparations or restitution of some kind, and finally a state of reconciliation.

SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES & PLACE-BASED EDUCATION

An environmental education project that combines online learning and field observations linked to living classrooms across the Colorado River Basin.

PROSPECT BASIN FENS PROJECT

A collaboration with Telski and Wetland Ecologist Dr. David Cooper to provide people of all ages opportunities to interact with Prospect Basin’s Fen’s.

MOUNTAIN INFOZONE PROGRAM

Furthering global communications interactions, research, learning, access to tools, investments, decision-making and collaborative sustainability works on the ground.

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