The Rocky Mountain Sustainability and Science Network (RMSSN) brings together federal and state agencies, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations to collaborate in research relevant to sustainability.  The goal of RMSSN is to  develop a diverse population of students into leaders ready to address emerging issues associated with sustainability, biodiversity and community engagement in the protection of natural resources.  RMSSN provides students with experiences in team work, cultural resource management, taxonomy and natural resources management in the settings of National Parks and public lands.

RMSSN was originally supported by grant #0956059 from the National Science Foundation, part of the Research Coordination Network: Undergraduate Biology Education series. In 2014, the Network converted to non-profit 501 (c) (3) status. In 2016 RMSSN/3dNaturalist was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, Beacham O’Malley Trust and the National Park Service.

Goals of RMSSN

Global Leadership

Develop leaders with the ability to solve complex problems, facilitate change in accordance with our common mission, to preserve and protect resources, livelihoods, and cultures in our national parks.

Excellence in Science

Invigorate a commitment to excellence in the sciences that underlie our sustainability-focused mission.

Collaborative Partnerships

Build effective partnerships among federal agencies, academic institutions, non profits, and other organizations to collaboratively address our commitment to multi-institutional collaboration.


Integrate, assess, and enhance educational efforts across disciplines with a focus on our mission to develop leaders who have multidisciplinary skills and embrace key principles of sustainability.

Interested in RMSSN?

Interested in the environment and sustainability? Want to learn more about the U.S. National Park Service and spend a week in Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park? Be involved with helping identify critical declines in pollinators for national parks? Would you like the opportunity to network with professionals and meet others passionate about the environment and sustainability? Apply to be a member of the 2021 RMSSN Summer Academy and pollinator hotshot crew!

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