Celebrate International Mountain Day on Dec. 11

Bozeman will honor International Mountain Day with an event on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Emerson Cultural Center.

The evening’s main topic is Mount Everest. It will feature several speakers starting at 7 p.m., including mountaineer and author Conrad Anker, MSU geology Professor Dr. David Lageson and MSU graduate student Travis Corthouts. An exhibitor’s fair, featuring various MSU departments and community organizations, will begin at 6 p.m.

Admission is free. However, donations will be accepted for non-profit organizations associated with the speakers.

International Mountain Day was established by the U.N. General Assembly in 2003, and is designed to promote sustainable development of mountain communities. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Mountain Life,” with an emphasis on the role of youth in sustainable mountain development.

Bozeman’s event is sponsored by the MSU Office of International Programs, the Institute on Ecosystems, MSU Extended University and the Montana National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF EPSCoR).