A full 20% of the world is covered in mountains and mountain environments directly support the lives of 12% of the world’s population or 900 million people. While their size and scale is dominant and impressive and lend mountains and air of unchanging permanence, a closer look shows that mountains as an ecosystem are every bit as sensitive as rainforests and coral reefs.

Peninsula’s mountain ecology study programs encourage students to deep dive into a wonderfully complex world of glaciers, geology, plateaus and basins. Participants will come to understand the vital role that mountains and their supporting ecosystems play in sustaining the planet. They will learn standard practices for collecting and organizing data on wind, water, soil and air quality and how to interpret these data sets correctly.