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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.


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.


November 22, 2021

TI and Western Bring New Master in Environmental Management Cohort to Telluride

November 10, 2021

Restoration and Education in the Prospect Basin Fens

October 21, 2021

Join Poet & Pulitzer Finalist Linda Hogan @ Oct. 26


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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Our environmental education programs are offered throughout the San Miguel Watershed, creating a passion for nature and preparing students to excel in science, critical thinking, and civic responsibility.


We provide a context for community-based conversations focused on issues ranging from housing, to energy, to cultural identity, through our “Ideas Festivals.” Participate in the dialogue…


Join us as we fight to help defend our embattled natural world, reaffirm the right to voice our opinions and spread our grassroots activism. We provide a platform for new ideas and voices.


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Help us defend our embattled natural world, reaffirm the right to voice our opinions and spread grassroots activism. Whether you give your time, energy, or resources, we welcome you to join us.