The Environmental Learning Center property is open every day, sunrise to sunset, free of charge. For directions to our location, scroll down. Our 212-acre property offers visitors the opportunity to explore four distinct ecosystems: riparian, cottonwood forest, wetland and grassland. Read below for more information to plan your visit to the Environmental Learning Center (ELC).
If you plan to bring a group of more than 15 people to the ELC, please contact us in advance to let us know the date and time of your visit.
Restrooms and Water
At the ELC we have only one restroom, a pit toilet located on the west end of our parking lot. Drinking water is available on site from a spigot east of the picnic tables.
Feel free to use our covered picnic table area but please note they are first come, first serve and cannot be reserved. Please also remember to leave the area in good condition for the next group.
The ELC consists of two looped trails which wind through several different ecosystems. Please, no dogs or bikes on our trails.
From Fort Collins
Head east on Drake Road. Approximately one mile after passing the intersection at Timberline Road, turn left on Environmental Drive. After crossing a one lane bridge, take a sharp left on the gravel road (you will see the ELC sign), crossing the railroad tracks. Parking lot is at the end of the gravel road. Programs meet near the parking lot, at the amphitheater.
Take the Harmony Road exit. Head west on Harmony for approximately two miles, to Ziegler Road. Turn right (north) on Ziegler. You will go through a light and a roundabout, continuing north. Take a right on Environmental Drive. After crossing a one lane bridge, take a sharp left on the gravel road (you will see the ELC sign), crossing the railroad tracks. Parking lot is at the end of the gravel road. Programs meet near the parking lot, at the amphitheater.
Rules and Regulations
- Dogs and bikes are not permitted on our trails
- No overnight usage
- No campfires
- Catching and releasing of wildlife is not permitted on our property
- Fishing is permitted with the appropriate state fishing license
- The sale and use of tobacco products, vaping, and e-cigarettes are prohibited on all grounds owned or leased by the state of Colorado