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Alpine Science Institute


In the foothills of the Wind River Mountains, just outside of Sinks Canyon State Park is the Alpine Science Institute.  The ASI is a multi-use educational and recreational center designed for sustainably-minded students who want to get outside and explore! 

The ASI serves as a model for environmental stewardship featuring solar-paneled buildings, a recycling program, and composting facility. Students can try their hand at sustainable agriculture practices in our high tunnel hoop house, gardens, chicken coop and historic apple orchard. It's a living, learning field school for Outdoor Education, Anthropology, Outdoor Recreation, Environmental Science, and Expedition Science students and is open to the community. The ASI grounds feature hiking and /mountain biking trails, classroom facilities and student housing.

The ASI experiential learning strategy focuses on the integration of field-based skills with outdoor education, environmental science, and archaeology. ASI partners with institutions across the nation and beyond to provide additional opportunities for students as far away as the Alps and Andes. Classroom and lab instruction is conducted on campuses in Riverton, Lander, and Jackson, Wyoming. Other study environments include Gannett Peak, Grand Teton National Park, and Wyoming’s Wind River Range. 

Students at the Alpine Science Institute:

  • Live in the foothills of the Wind River Mountains.
  • Explore the world doing scientific research to understand the planet and the life forms it supports
  • Participate in cutting-edge archaeology expeditions to figure out how people lived thousands of years ago
  • Apply discoveries to real-world questions and problems involving land and resource management, recreation and environmental issues

Alpine Science Programs


Student learn to put up a tent with Stacy Wells at Camp Popo Agie