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.
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.