Snow School

Background

Friends of the Inyo and the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association believe that every child in the Eastern Sierra should get a hands-on outdoor educational experience in their backyards. Fortunately, Winter Wildlands Alliance—a national organization devoted to protecting the human-powered winter recreation experience—has created a SnowSchool curriculum that is easy for organizations like ours to pick-up and implement on a local level. 

Our Work

Since the beginning of the program in 2017, we’ve gotten 450 Mammoth and Bishop fifth-graders out to don snowshoes, dig snowpits, calculate snow/water equivalence, learn about how the critters and trees adapt to life in a harsh winterscape, and of course, play!

Support Snow School

Volunteer

Interested in helping lead a group
of students for a day of snow activities?
Contact Alex to volunteer.

Donate Supplies

Have any snow shoes/avalanche shovels/avalanche probes
you no longer use? Donate them to the SnowSchool program
so every student can have a hands-on learning experience.
Contact Alex
 to donate.

Updates

Two Stellar Days of SnowSchool with Mammoth Elementary School Fifth Graders

On February 13th & 14th, Friends of the Inyo partnered with the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Winter Wildlands Alliance, the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center, and the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation to bring the SnowSchool curriculum to Mammoth Elementary School fifth graders for the second year. We were fortunate to get a quick dusting the night before our first day of SnowSchool. Perfect timing! The 2-3 new inches of snow provided a nice fluffy layer for the students to get used to their snowshoes. Though many had tried them out on the grass around campus during PE, this…

SnowSchool Grows in Mammoth

Partner Profile: David Page of Winter Wildlands Alliance Friends of the Inyo’s Ben Wickham sat down at Mountain Rambler Brewery in Bishop with David Page, Mammoth local and Advocacy Manager for Winter Wildlands Alliance, to talk about SnowSchool, a national education program designed by Winter Wildlands Alliance with 60 sites across the U.S. that educate 30,000 youth each year. For more about SnowSchool, visit SnowSchool’s website. What is SnowSchool?  David Page: Snowschool is a program that is developed by Winter Wildlands Alliance and has expanded to about 60 sites, and reaches about 32,000 kids a year. The goal is to…

SnowSchool Comes to Mammoth

SnowSchool happened this year in Mammoth! Winter Wildlands Alliance sponsors SnowSchool, a travelling curriculum of winter science and ecology lessons applied to outdoor educational opportunities. This winter, Winter Wildlands Alliance worked with Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association to coordinate the event and bring together groups like Friends of the Inyo, Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center, and Mammoth Mountain to get Mammoth Elementary 5th graders out into the winter landsacpe for a day. We scheduled it twice, and got cancelled due to epic storms, but we made it happen on Tuesday, March 21, even with another big storm. The kids were great- smiles…