PROSPECT BASIN FENS PROGRAM
Prospect Basin, located at 11,000 ft on Telluride Ski Resort (Telski) is home to five unique wetlands called fens. Telski implemented significant measures when building ski trails on this part of the resort, in order to protect the rare ecosystems of the fens, which are particularly high in biodiversity, function as carbon sinks and help store and filter water high up in the watershed.
Telluride Institute (TI) has partnered with Telski and Wetland Ecologist Dr. David Cooper from Colorado State University(CSU) to provide people of all ages opportunities to interact with Prospect Basin’s Fen’s. Through these partnerships, TI engages the public in educational programs on topics such as: plant identification, natural history tours and hands-on ecological restoration activities. TI partners with CSU and Western Colorado University (WCU) to help facilitate graduate student research in the fens. Through these actions, TI creates experiential learning activities for all ages that help foster a greater understanding and appreciation of these unique high altitude wetlands.