SKE-COLOGY was founded in the 1990s in partnership between the US Forest Service and Vail Mountain Resort, piloted with Alta Ski Area. The program was originally designed to be utilized by ski school groups and beginner skiers to help educate youth about mountain ecology. Today the program has been expanded to include summer hiking trails and correlated to K-12 Utah Core Curriculum Standards. While exploring Alta, visitors, students and educators may take the time to learn what makes our mountain special and natural.
Trademarked SKE-COLOGY, we took the opportunity to revamp the program to read more specifically to Alta’s ecology. In doing so, we kept the vision of the original SKE-COLOGY program and framed the updated version to be easily replicated by any other ski area or park throughout the nation. Now the program can be customized to reflect the endemic wildlife of any state or mountainous region while maintaining the message and nomenclature of subjects in watersheds, recreational etiquette, conservation and more. We have the entire program (except for the slopes and snow) available for download.
Teachers are the students first
Join the Utah Society for Environmental Education (USEE) for a first-hand tour of the SKE-COLOGY program at Alta. Workshops are held in the winter (on skis) and in the summer (on foot) and are coupled with Project Learning Tree or other local environmental education curricula. K-12 Utah teachers can also receive 0.5-hour Utah State of Education (USOE) credits or 7.5 relicensure hours. To read more about our workshop, visit USEE's blog or to register for the next workshop, contact USEE.
Print April 1-2, 2016 Workshop Flyer
Environmental Education Curricula & Resources
- Streamside Science (Utah State University extension)
- Forestry (Utah State University extension)
- Project Learning Tree
- Project Wild
- Project Wet
- Story of Climate Change (Earth Day Network, Grades 5-8)
- North American Association for Environmental Education
If you and your organization are looking to create a meaningful and educational interpretive project, we are interested. SKE-COLOGY is just one type of media that Alta currently has displayed, but it is limited to our beginner recreational terrain. Perhaps your classroom or non-profit would like to partner with us to develop other educational opportunities on the slopes for various skier and recreational levels. We can make that happen and we believe the more partners and minds, the better the product. Please contact us and let's get something started.