BECAUSE OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS NR 220/NR 221 SECTIONS WILL BE TAUGHT ONLY ONLINE AND ONLY DURING THE FIRST TWO SUMMER SESSIONS. FW 111, PHIL 345, and F230 ARE CURRENTLY PLANNED TO BE TAUGHT LATE IN THE SUMMER AT THE MOUNTAIN CAMPUS. A NEW SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY (MC-SLAW) WILL BE OFFERED IN JULY.

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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. Warner College offers a number of summer courses at the CSU Mountain Campus.

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. NR221 is normally an online version of NR220.  Because of COVID-19 NR220 and NR221 will both be online.

In addition, students with forest concentrations are required to attend an additional two week session (F230 Forestry Measurements) at the CSU Mountain Campus that covers material specific to forestry.

Other classes such as FW111 (Basic Outdoor Skills) and PHIL345 (Environmental Ethics) are also offered during the summer.

Please see these pages for more information about summer courses at the CSU Mountain Campus.

Learn more about the Mountain Campus here. and about a new vision for the Mountain Campus here.  An information packet about living at the Mountain Campus can be found here.

 

BECAUSE OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS, NR 220 WILL NOT BE TAUGHT AT THE MOUNTAIN CAMPUS THIS SUMMER, BUT WILL BE TAUGHT ONLINE AND CONCURRENTLY WITH NR 221 (THE CSU-ONLINE VERSION OF NR 220).  NR 220/221 WILL ONLY BE TAUGHT DURING THE FIRST TWO 4-WEEK SUMMER SESSIONS. 

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NR 220-Natural Resource Ecology & Measurements 
(register through RamWeb)
Or
NR 221-Integrated Natural Resource Ecology and Measurements (register through CSU-Online)

Two NR 220/NR 221 sessions will be offered online as summer courses during the summer of 2021:

Summer Session 1  May 17 – June 11

[NR 220 Section 001-50702 & L01-50704 through RamWeb or NR 221 Section 801 through CSU-Online]

Summer Session 2 June 14 – July 9

[NR 220 Section 003-56271 & L03-56272 through RamWeb or NR 221 Section 803 through CSU-Online]

Please see this registration flyer (coming soon) for more information. Registration begins March 23 at noon.

1) Only register for NR 220 or NR 221

  1. Registration for NR 220 will occur through RamWeb; Make sure you choose the Summer Session as RamWeb may default to Fall semester.
  2. Registration for NR 221 will occur through CSU-Online; (https://www.online.colostate.edu/courses/NR/NR221.dot) Add the appropriate section to your cart.

2) NR 220 and NR 221 sections will be taught combined.  NR 220 is usually taught in person at the Mountain Campus and NR 221 is usually taught through CSU-Online.  Due to COVID, both NR 220 and NR 221 will be online this year.

3) The tuition structure for NR 220 and NR 221 are different (e.g., based on resident vs non-resident status, how many credits a student enrolls for summer) and you should consult with your academic advisor and financial aid office about which course/section is best for you.

Jobs:

(some interesting, NR 220/NR 221-friendly jobs are posted here)

FW 111 (Basic Outdoor Skills) will be offered as a 1-credit class by Dr. Paul Doherty (paul.doherty@colostate.edu).  This class will meet in a hybrid format, both online (mostly asynchronously) during the first half of summer and at the Mountain Campus July 10-11. This is the weekend after the second 4-week summer session.

  • The course will have a required organizational meeting during spring semester (TBD).
  • The class will have reading assignments and written assignments to turn in online during the first half of summer.
  • The course will have a field trip to the Mountain Campus the weekend of July 10-11.  This is the weekend after the second 4-week summer session.
  • See the syllabus (coming soon) for more details.

 F230 WILL BE PROVISIONALLY TAUGHT AT THE MOUNTAIN CAMPUS AUGUST 9-20.  

F 230 (Forestry Field Measurements) will be provisionally taught Aug 9-20 at the Mountain Campus; contact Rocky Coleman (rocky.coleman@colostate.edu) or Dr. Wade Tinkham (wade.tinkham@colostate.edu) about F 230.

If the Mountain Campus is closed to classes during this period, the course will move to main campus.

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PHIL 345 (Environmental Ethics CRN 57274) will be offered by Dr. Ken Shockley (kennethshockley@gmail.com)  for 3 credits at the Mountain Campus July 25 – Aug 7.

For more information see the syllabus and information below.

Course Description:

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 substantial portion of the course material; during the two weeks of the course, students should expect to spend at least an hour each day writing, and several hours reading. 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 in the local environment (weather permitting). 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. Expect one or two wonderful long (8+ miles) mountain hikes on trails that may be muddy or snowy. We will have several shorter hikes as well. Don’t worry about the strenuousness of the hikes, but be prepared with both suitable footwear and a positive attitude.

A mandatory preliminary meeting will also be held in early May. This meeting will involve discussion of both course content and logistical details; attendance is required.

 

The Cameron Peak Fire in 2020 burned a large area on and around the CSU Mountain Campus.  Much restoration needs to be done.  Thus we have developed a new service learning opportunity for summer 2021 we are calling MC-SLAW (Mountain Campus Service Learning and Action Week).  Students will work with CSU Faculty and Management Agency Personnel (e.g., USFS, CPW, Wildland Restoration Volunteers, Poudre Watershed Coalition) on restoration activities on and around campus.  Such activities may include rebuilding springs, rebuilding trails, forest clearing, fence rebuilding, erosion control, etc.  This opportunity will allow students to learn skills, apply those skills, make contacts, give something back to the land, plants and animals that are of special interest to us.

When:

July 12 – 16, 2021 (Mon – Fri)

or

July 19 – 23, 2021 (Mon – Fri)

Cost: tentatively ~$300 for Mountain Campus Housing and Dining for the week.

Sign up here!

Signing up does not guarantee a spot as we may have group size restrictions and we will prioritize students that took NR 220.

Contact Paul Doherty (paul.doherty@colostate.edu) if you have questions.

FW 496b (Group Study) is sometimes offered to help students meet financial aid credit requirements.  Currently, FW 496b will not be offered, but this could change if other Mountain Campus courses are canceled.

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.  NR 221 (Integrated Natural Resource Ecology and Measurements) is a CSU-Online version of NR 22o that may be accepted by your department depending on your circumstances.

What is the difference between NR220 and NR221?

NR220 is offered face-to-face at the CSU Mountain Campus.  NR221 is offered online through CSU-Online.  Both courses are 5 credits and cover similar material.  However, NR220 is a residential, hands-on, course whereas NR221 is online and video-based.  The tuition structures for NR220 and NR221 differ and depend on e.g., whether a student is resident vs non-resident, total course load, etc. Consult with your academic advisor about which course/sections might be acceptable for you.

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

F 230-No

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:

  1. complete assignments early (in case lightening takes out the internet just before an assignment deadline),
  2. have some understanding from your online professor that you are in a remote location and may have internet difficulty at times,
  3. do not expect to be able to watch video assignments because of the weak internet bandwidth,
  4. at times, be prepared to go to town if internet access is critical.

What should I do if I can not attend the NR 220 orientation session held in April?

You should make every effort to attend the orientation session as the faculty, TAs, and Mountain Campus staff will answer questions.  However, we recognize that some students might have course conflicts (e.g., lab or exam) or may be studying abroad.  For those cases we will post lots of information and a copy of the orientation slide show on the Canvas course page (which will be opened up at orientation).  Read through all that material and check with a friend who did attend the orientation for any information you missed.  If you still have questions, email the NR 220 Director – paul.doherty@colostate.edu

Is the a general information packet about living at the Mountain Campus?

Yes and you can find it here.

Are there jobs available at the Mountain Campus?

The Mountain Campus has employment opportunities for  students who are taking NR220 this summer. Online applications are due February 9th: http://mountaincampus.colostate.edu/employment .  For more information contact Leslie.Hass@colostate.edu

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.

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 (seth.webb@colostate.edu)

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.