Honors Society




Be part of an international honors society for students in forestry and the natural resources field!

Xi Sigma Pi is an international honors society for students in forestry and natural resources. Members must first be nominated on merit and complete an initiation process in order to be considered full members of the society. Membership requirements can be found in the the Membership section.

Our Purpose
  • Secure and maintain a high standard of scholarship in forestry and  natural resources education
  • Encourage the advancement of the forestry and natural resources professions
  • Promote a fraternal spirit among those engaged in activities related to forestry and natural resources
Why Should You Be In Xi Sigma Pi?
  • You’ve earned the opportunity to be in it!
  • Great opportunity to network with other students, faculty, researchers, and professionals from different fields
  • Eligible for Regional Xi Sigma Pi Scholarship
  • Membership is a great resume builder
  • Potential edge for employment opportunities over non-members

Initially founded as a local chapter at the University of Washington on November 24, 1908, the Society of Xi Sigma Pi has grown to a national organization with 43 active chapters across the USA and Canada.  Xi Sigma Pi is recognized as a member of the Association of College Honors Societies (ACHS).

The Omicron Chapter at Colorado State University was established in 1943. While Xi Sigma Pi has historically been a forestry honors society, it has expanded its membership to acknowledge the hard work and dedication put forth by students in related natural resources disciplines.  Our membership represents the vast diversity of individuals present within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University.

Meetings times and places vary each semester.

Students must receive a
nomination letter to be a member

Questions? Email xsp.csurams@gmail.com or Rocky.Coleman@colostate.edu

Xi Sigma Pi Membership

Undergraduates Graduates
  • Student in Warner College of Natural Resources
  • At least 74 credit hours
  • At least 10 Natural Resource credits
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Student in Warner College of Natural Resources
  • 10 former Natural Resource credits
  • Completed at least 1 semester at CSU
  • 3.0 GPA or higher

Membership Requirements

  • Attend meetings and participate in the highway cleanup or other service project
  • Construct a PLAQUE with the XSP insignia and acquire faculty signatures
  • Have a basic knowledge of history and aims of XSP
  • Pay a one-time, lifetime membership fee at initiation ($35)

Xi Sigma Pi Plaque

All Xi Sigma Pi initiates are required to make a plaque.

A plaque must be made out of wood (be creative) and have the following:

Using a wood burner, etch the Xi Sigma Pi insignia onto the plaque

  • The Fir Tree: The most significant part of the symbol
    • Represents vigorous life, typical of youth
    • The general study of forestry, upon which the society was founded
  • The Crescent
    • The crescent on which the fir tree stands is the symbol for Wisdom, the cornerstone of art and industry
  • The Oval with Pi and Alpha – Pi represents the Greek word “Paideia” (Education), Alpha represents the Greek word “Axios” (Worthiness)


Xi represents the fundamental of eternal friendship

Sigma represents the fundamental of Honor

Pi represents the fundamental of earnest endeavor


  • Collect at least 3 signatures of Warner College professors/instructors

Xi Sigma Pi Events

  • Various meetings throughout the semester with guest speakers
  • A “Highway Cleanup” once a semester
  • Induction Ceremony (once a semester)
  • Assist with CSU Arbor Day events on campus every April
  • Refurbishing the XSP benches in front of the Forestry Building
  • Other service opportunities that arise

Email xsp.csurams@gmail.com for questions and current information!