About Us


We exist to...

Empower people to explore and sustain their world.


We will...

Re-imagine learning and discovery to benefit people and the natural world.


We believe in...

Integrity Impact Diversity Innovation Sustainability Well-being

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.

Interesting Facts


  • 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.
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