The mountains that we call our backyard serve as our greatest water towers, holding the vast majority of all water in the region. This water comes to us in the form of snow, and its availability and seasonal patterns are changing under a changing climate. On this topographically rich journey, we will explore the history and role of snow in the mountainous west, its relationship to weather, climate, elevation, and its effect on surrounding and downstream ecosystems and societies. We explore downstream water rights, the culture and politics of the ski industry in response to snow, and the current and publicly-sourced conservation initiatives meant to halt the changing snowpack. We will come together over gained insight and appreciation for our mountains and our seasonal snow; more than just a force of life, but a source of life.
About the presenter:
Kate Hale is a PhD candidate in CU-Boulder’s Geography Department and Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, studying snow hydrology with the Mountain Hydrology Lab group. She focuses on the influence of streamflow amount and timing in snow and rain dominated regions, especially in the western United States. She is originally from the Midwest and a zealous outdoor adventurer. Fortunately, snow and the mountains get her outside for both research and play.
How to Get There
Choose between virtual or in person in the Wild Bear EcoArts Lounge located directly next to the nature center at 20 Lakeview Dr Nederland, CO.
Sunday, January 16th, 1:00pm-2:30pm
FREE, but donations are appreciated
How to register
Please register using the booking form below! If you would like to attend the event virtually, please register here!
Bookings are closed for this event.
Once a Wild Bear, Always a Wild Bear. For 25 years, Wild Bear has helped children and adults forge lifelong connections to nature through creative exploration of the outdoors. Specializing in mountain ecology, Wild Bear welcomes visitors to its hands-on nature center and provides year-round educational programs for people of all ages.