The CSU Mountain Campus is located in a high valley of the Rocky Mountains (9,000 feet above sea level), approximately 2 hours drive west of the city of Fort Collins. It is surrounded by two National Forests and Rocky Mountain National Park.
Many undergraduate majors (e.g., forest and rangeland stewardship major concentrations, natural resource management, fish, wildlife, and conservation biology) are required to attend a four-week summer session (NR220) at the Mountain Campus, typically in the summer between their sophomore and junior years.
In addition, students with forest concentrations are required to attend an additional two week session (F230) at the CSU Mountain Campus that covers material specific to forestry.
Other classes such as FW 111 (Basic Outdoor Skills) and PHIL 345 (Environmental Ethics) are also offered during the summer.
Please see these pages for more information about course offerings at the Mountain Campus.
Four NR 220 sessions will be offered during the summer of 2019:
Session 1 – May 20 – June 14 (001-50702 & L01-50704)
Session 2 – May 20 – June 24 (002-50703 & L02-50705)
*Note Session 1 and 2 will be taught concurrently
Session 3 – June 17 – July 12 (003-56271 & L03-56272)
Session 4 – July 15 – August 9 (004-57255 & L04-57256)
Please see this registration flyer for information on registration (registration begins March 26 at noon). When you register in RamWeb make sure you choose the Summer Session as RamWeb may default to Fall Semester.
After the registration period is complete, we will have a mandatory orientation on April 24 from 5:30-6:45 pm in Clark A101.
Before attending NR 220, you will need to sign liability and permission forms. These will be available on the Canvas website.
Consider being an Teaching Assistant (TA) for NR 220. Job announcement here.
The Mountain Campus also hires for a number of jobs (e.g., kitchen, grounds crew, etc.) that are NR 220 friendly. Please see www.mountaincampus.colostate.edu/employment for opportunities. Applications are due February 17th! For more information, contact Leslie Hass at 970-491-4761; firstname.lastname@example.org.
FW 111 (Basic Outdoor Skills) is a 1-credit option with a required organizational meeting on Thursday, Apr 25 at 5pm in Wagar 133. The class will have reading assignments and written assignments to turn in online. The course will have a field trip to the Mountain Campus the weekend of June 15-16. This is between the first and second 4-week summer sessions and thus this class is convenient for students taking NR 220 sessions 1,2, or 3, F 230, or PHIL 345. See the syllabus for more details.
Environmental Ethics (PHIL 345) will again be offered at the Mountain Campus this year. The course will be taught by Dr. Ken Shockley (Holmes Rolston III Chair in Environmental Ethics and Philosophy) during the first 2 weeks of second session (June 17-30). This course will be particularly convenient for students taking the first or second session of NR 220 and/or F 111. For more information see this past syllabus.
Philosophy 345, Summer Session 2, Mountain Campus
Instructor: Kenneth Shockley
Environmental ethics is an area of study that examines how humans ought to relate to and interact with their environment as individuals, through organizations, and as a species. This course will provide a distinctively philosophical perspective on humankind’s complicated relationship with our natural environment. We will examine the merits of considering our responsibilities to the environment from an entirely human-centered standpoint, possible alternatives to this approach, and various ways these options might be applied to actual environmental problems.
In the mountain campus session of this course, we will spend much of our time in discussion over the central themes of environmental ethics. This discussion will take place as we explore the local environment. Students will be asked to read a few essays in advance of the start of the session. As this is a course in philosophy, much of our work will be focused on framing discussions, clarifying questions, and evaluating the merits of various arguments. The remarkable environment of the Mountain Campus will provide both inspiration and content as we consider questions about the nature of environmental conservation (what are we conserving and why?), ecological restoration (what are we restoring and why?), the value of wilderness (what is it and why is it so valuable?), and environmental activism (how do we determine which approaches are legitimate?).
The Mountain Campus version of Environmental Ethics will involve several excursions (weather permitting) in the local environment. These will serve as points of reflection, and provide the basis for both collaborative discussion, and individual writing. Expect to spend a good deal of the course in the outdoors. Light hiking will be expected.
Are there alternatives to taking NR 220?
The answer varies by major and department. You will need to contact your academic advisor to answer this question.
What should I do if I can't get in the NR 220 session I desire?
Put yourself on the waiting list for that session (only you can put yourself on a waiting list). Waiting lists are generally very active. Be patient as students go through the drop/add period.
Can I take FW 111, F 230, or Phil 345 at the same time as NR 220?
FW 111- Yes
Phil 345- No
Can I take an online course while at the Mountain Campus?
The internet connectivity at the Mountain Campus is not great and we cannot guarantee that you will be able to take an online course. However, students have been able to do so while at the Mountain Campus. If you try to do this:
- complete assignments early (in case lightening takes out the internet just before an assignment deadline),
- have some understanding from your online professor that you are in a remote location and may have internet difficulty at times,
- do not expect to be able to watch video assignments because of the weak internet bandwidth,
- at times, be prepared to go to town if internet access is critical.
Are there jobs available at the Mountain Campus?
Is financial assistance available?
For those needing financial assistance, check out Student Financial Services for summer (http://sfs.colostate.edu/summer-financial-aid ).
Can I apply for a scholarship?
Yes, For students in WCNR, consider applying for a WCNR scholarship (https://scholarships.warnercnr.colostate.edu).
Can I go home on weekends?
NR220 does not meet on the weekends except for exams on the first two Sundays at 7 pm. Thus you can leave the Mountain Campus for most of the weekend. However the Mountain Campus is a beautiful place to explore with world class hiking and we encourage you to take advantage of the location.
Can I request a roommate?
After registration, the Canvas course web site will be opened and you can self-select a cabin and roommates. However the Mountain Campus reserves the right to move students if needed to fit everyone.
Is the a general information packet about living at the Mountain Campus?
Yes and you can find it here.
Do cell phones work at the Mountain Campus?
Unfortunately, the cell phones do not work up at the Mountain Campus.
Are there TVs in cabins?
No. There are outlets where you can plug in your computer so you can do your homework. TV (and cell phone) reception is not available at the MC.
Should I bring my computer?
Yes. We encourage you to do so.
Can I use my personal laptop with the MC intranet and printers?
Yes. We encourage you to bring your own laptop. If you have a an Apple/Mac laptop you will need to download printer drivers for HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M651, HP Color LaserJet CP4525, and HP Color LaserJet CP4520 series. Do not install these drivers until you get to the MC, but you need them downloaded and on your machine. PC laptops are generally easier to connect to the MC printers. We will have 40-60 laptops available for those students taking WCNR classes.
Can I bring my pet?
No. No pets are allowed at the Mountain Campus. If you have a service or support animal contact the Resources for Disables Students Office for accommodations.
Is hunting and fishing allowed at the Mountain Campus?
The stream on campus has excellent fishing and you can bring your fishing rod (light fly or spin rod is best). Fishing is catch and release with only artificial lures. You need to buy a Colorado Parks and Wildlife fishing license before arriving at the Mountain Campus (i.e., the MC does not sell licenses). A little know fact is that all full time students (resident or non-resident) are eligible for an in-state fishing/hunting license.
Hunting is not allowed on campus and the same guns/weapons policies that apply on the main campus apply at the Mountain Campus.
Are mosquitos a problem at the Mountain Campus?
Mosquitos can be annoying at the Mountain Campus and we suggest that you bring long pants and shirt and repellent with DEET in case blood-suckers are active.
Do I need to bring sheets/pillow? What size sheets?
Students will need to provide their own towels, pillow, sheets, and blankets (or sleeping bag). The beds are twin size. The cabins are rustic and we advise you to bring appropriate bedding for cold temperatures.
How much does laundry cost? Is detergent available?
The laundry room has 4 washing machines and 4 dryers. Washing machines are no charge and the dryers are 75 cents per load. It is advised to bring your own laundry soap, but the Mountain Campus store has a small supply on hand for sale.
Do I need to bring quarters?
Quarters are used in the dryers and payphones, so it would be a good idea to have some quarters if you plan on using these services. The main office can make small amounts of change when needed.
Can I receive mail at the Mountain Campus? Where should mail be sent?
Students can receive mail at the Mountain Campus during their session. Please have senders use this format:
Student Name (NR220)
CSU Mountain Campus
16321 Pingree Park Road
Bellvue, CO 80512
I have special dietary concerns, will my needs be met at the Mountain Campus?
The Mountain Campus dining services provides a variety of foods to meet our guest’s needs. Each meal has a meat and vegetarian entrée and many options for vegetarian sides including a salad bar, fresh fruit, and other items. There are gluten free and dairy free options available. If you have a serious food allergy or unique dietary needs, please contact the Mountain Campus (email@example.com)
Are there vending machines at the Mountain Campus?
There are no vending machines at the Mountain Campus, but the Mountain Campus store has a small supply of snacks and candy for sale. It is advised that students bring supplementary snacks if they anticipate a craving when the Dining Hall is closed.