Center for Mountain Culture

 

Vision

The Center for Mountain Culture will create a community-centric campus for outdoor recreation, health and wellness, conservation and sustainability in Jackson Hole.

 

Vision

 

 

Objective

 

To promote and advance a balanced relationship between people and land that benefits our community and the world at large.

 

Objective

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Background

Background

 

Jackson Hole is a place of great wonder, one characterized and informed by the natural influences of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. It attracts millions of people each year who seek proximity to its singular nature. A number of organizations run by passionate, dedicated residents work toward the health and wellbeing of this place and its people, but the growing costs of real estate threaten their ability to do so in the future.

As we lose these organizations and the people committed to running them, we lose not only the heart and soul of the Jackson Hole community. In a time of great ecological peril, we lose what is becoming an ever-more valuable opportunity to understand, explore and celebrate the delicate relationship between people and land—and to advance policies and legislation that insure our planet’s future.

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Proposal

Proposal

To address these needs, we propose creation of The Center for Mountain Culture, a home to the outdoor recreation, health and wellness, conservation and sustainability efforts so important to the future of this community and to our world. Inspired by Plas y Brenin, The Banff Centre and The Aspen Institute, The Center for Mountain Culture (“The Center”) will create a hub for complementary efforts and foster a collaborative approach to advance Aldo Leopold’s 1949 definition of conservation: “a balanced relationship between Man and land.”

Office space will be available to organizations whose work falls within The Center’s purview. A shared workspace will be available to individuals—writers, photographers, freelancers, etc.—whose scope is similarly aligned. To encourage innovative legislative efforts, this space will also be available to Town and County elected officials who advance and promote The Center’s objectives.

Borrowing from the successful Brooklyn Boulders model, The Center will be developed around a climbing gym that doubles as community space, offering a dynamic, innovative home to events and gatherings.

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The Big Picture

The big picture

 

With climate change, invasive species, the loss of habitat and the growing impacts of greater and greater populations adversely affecting the natural world, we must develop models that balance the interests of people and the environment. We are in the midst of the greatest mass migration in human history—a migration indoors and behind screens. The less connected we become to nature, the less invested we are in its future.

Outdoor recreation connects us to nature, which is the first step to appreciating its value. Once that appreciation is in place, we become invested in its wellbeing, which is key to conservation. Sustainability insures the wise use of finite natural resources so that we may continue to use them in perpetuity. The health benefits of time outside include the amelioration of chronic disease such as obesity, diabetes and mental anxiety that cost society billions of dollars each year in lost wages.

Reconnecting to nature at a time when we are increasingly disconnected is healthy. It’s also imperative to the viability of life on this planet.

Millions of visitors each year visit Jackson Hole, seeking that connection. Jackson Hole is in a unique position to influence them and promote a sustainable worldview—as long as those at the front lines of the work are able to approach it collectively.

The Center for Mountain Culture will advance a sustainable connection to the natural world and provide a collaborative approach to insuring Jackson’s future is as bright and resilient as its past.

As Jackson Hole wildlife biologist Olaus Murie used to say, “It’s going to take all of us to do it.”

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Residents

 

Anchor organizations sharing space at The Center might include the following.

 

 

Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club

Exum Mountain Guides

City Kids Wilderness Project

 

The Center for Jackson Hole

The Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation

 

Energy Conservation Works

Jackson Hole & Yellowstone Sustainable Destination Program

Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities

 

Curran-Seely Foundation

Excel Physical Therapy

Inversion Yoga

 

Residents

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Contact Us

 

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