CWC students are heading to Mount Everest base camp today to conduct climate research. Photo: CWC

JACKSON, Wyo. — Central Wyoming College is sending indigenous students to Mount Everest base camp to conduct climate research.

Students, Jada Antelope, Aidan Darissa Hereford, Red Thunder Spoonhunter,
Antoine Day, and one non-Indigenous student Ryan Town, along with professor Jacki Klancher set off on their trip today, April 26.

Students left to right, Red Thunder Spoonhunter, Antoine Day, Aidan Darissa Hereford. Photo: CWC

Professor Klancher, professor of Environemtal Science and Health and director of Instruction and Research at the Alpine Science Institute of Central Wyoming College secured funding from the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium and the University of Wyoming to pay for the trip.

“Their studies will help inform and diversify climate science in ways that serve local people and their communities,” Jennifer Marshall Weydeveld executive director/marketing and public relations for Central Wyoming College said.

The students will utilize new weather outposts, installed in 2019.

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.