To help K-12 students explore how dust accelerates the melting of mountain snow WWA collaborated with The University of Colorado’s Niwot Ridge Long-Term Ecological Research site.

Winter in central Idaho was a bit slow to arrive this year.  A strong La Nina pattern sent its polar jet stream with cold temperatures and precipitation in abundance to Montana and Idaho’s Panhandle.  Meanwhile, the mountains to the south waited in earnest…

The SnowSchool season is in full swing!  For over a decade we have joined together as a community of outdoor enthusiasts to create for students an experience of immersion in the wilds of winter and in the very forces that shape life on our planet.  Through this program students have learned about the nature of their own communities by braving powerful snowstorms, wandering through towering pines, analyzing oscillating drought and abundance trends, following mysterious animal tracks, and by digging in to the mountain snowpack.  They have learned in this way because of the leadership of educators across the country and because of support from people like you who believe in the importance of outdoor experiences.  Let’s get together and keep it going!  February 3rd – 11th is SnowSchool support week and there are several ways to get involved:

About Winter Wildlands Alliance National SnowSchool Program

SnowSchool introduces kids to the joy of exploring our nation’s winter wildlands. A growing national education program, SnowSchool annually engages over 33,000 participants across 65 sites. Each winter, in 16 states along the US snow-belt, K-12 students and teachers venture out on snowshoes as part of a fun and educational science-based field trip. Over 50% of participants are underserved and a majority are first time snowshoers! WWA works year-round with organizational partners nationwide to establish new SnowSchool sites each year and help bring this important experience to the communities and students that need it most.

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