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For more than a decade, Catamount Institute has served thousands of people with a vibrant range of innovative programs. From school rooms to board rooms, we strive to provide the best in educational opportunities and leading edge professional training and services.  Catamount Institute is effecting dynamic and systemic change through education, advocacy and leadership in our efforts to build a sustainable community that Inspires Ecological Stewardship.


Catamount Institute was born in 1997 when Julie Francis and Howard Drossman purchased 177 acres of the old YMCA Catamount Ranch on the north slope of Pikes Peak and founded a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring ecological stewardship through research, education, and leadership.

Since its earliest days Catamount Institute has looked at innovative ways to encourage people to think about their relationship to the environment. Research has focused on forest management techniques, using the forests of Catamount as a laboratory to evaluate the ecological impacts of traditional and non-traditional forest uses. The award-winning Catamount Club Young Environmental Stewards program was begun to teach disadvantaged youth about leadership, ecology, and technology. The Pikes Peak Sustainable Business Network was founded to illustrate the advantages of using sustainable strategies in business. 

Catamount Institute conducts programs throughout the Pikes Peak region from its mountain campus and our offices at the Beidleman Environmental Center in Sondermann Park on the Westside of Colorado Springs.