LANDER, Wyo. \u2014 The section of Central Wyoming College\u2019s campus, housed in the foothills of the Wind River Mountain Range, merged with the outdoor education, anthropology and expedition science programs to become the Alpine Science Institute on October 18, 2018. Formerly called the Sinks Canyon Center, the Alpine Science Institute (ASI) now includes both the physical campus along with instruction and research efforts. The Interdisciplinary Climate Change Expedition inspired CWC faculty members to streamline the subsets of ASI into a unified program in 2014. This annual wilderness expedition allows students to simultaneously conduct research while exercising their wilderness travel and risk management abilities. \u201cWe saw the success of ICCE and we thought we could do more,\u201d said Jacki Klancher, Professor of Environmental Health. \u201cWe wanted to house the program in a specific location.\u201d Because they already had a site, the name change just made sense. \u201cWe\u2019re located in the field,\u201d said Klancher. \u201cSo we decided to merge the physical location with a field-based education center.\u201d As part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the campus offers a biodiverse climate that is ideal for ecological, environmental and geospatial science studies. That is exactly how CWC\u2019s students use the area. They conduct glaciology, hydrology and archaeology-based high elevation studies. They also measure air quality and test snow and surface water for the presence of microplastics and black carbon particulate matter. Click here to learn more about the name change from the Sinks Canyon Center to the Alpine Science Institute and the goals for this program moving forward.