Who Are We?
We conduct research in the area of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (HDNR) and prepare students for careers in conservation leadership and tourism. This area of study focuses on understanding and attending to the needs and values of humans, human society, and culture as they relate to the natural environment. HDNR has more than 90 years of collaborative research in parks and protected areas and contributes to informed decision making while conveying a broad based understanding of the way humans value, use and depend on the natural environment. HDNR is one of the few programs in the United States that offers a comprehensive bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral program.
Colorado State University acknowledges, with respect, that the land we are on today is the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations and peoples. This was also a site of trade, gathering, and healing for numerous other Native tribes. We recognize the Indigenous peoples as original stewards of this land and all the relatives within it. As these words of acknowledgment are spoken and heard, the ties Nations have to their traditional homelands are renewed and reaffirmed.
CSU is founded as a land-grant institution, and we accept that our mission must encompass access to education and inclusion. And, significantly, that our founding came at a dire cost to Native Nations and peoples whose land this University was built upon. This acknowledgment is the education and inclusion we must practice in recognizing our institutional history, responsibility, and commitment.
- Created the Conservation Leadership Through Learning program which was awarded the Western Association of Graduate Schools Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education. Read more
- Houses the Center for Protected Area Management which provides technical assistance, training, and research opportunities for protected area managers and students for more than 50 years in over 40 countries across the globe.
- Founded and maintains the international journal, Human Dimensions of Wildlife.
- Provides leadership in the area of human dimensions of wildlife management with a $1.5 million research program which serves a variety of federal and state agencies.
- Founded the 212-acre Environmental Learning Center in Fort Collins which provides opportunities for faculty and students to conduct fieldwork, experiential education, and research and serves more than 5,000 people annually.
Graduates make up more than 1/2 of Colorado State Park employees.