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.

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.


NR 220-Natural Resource Ecology & Measurements (5 credits)
(Online due to COVID outbreak at the Mountain Campus)
NR 221-Integrated Natural Resource Ecology and Measurements (5 credits)
(online only) 

Two NR 220 sessions (online due to COVID outbreak, mostly asynchronous) and one NR 221 session (online, mostly asynchronous) will be offered as summer courses during the summer of 2022.


Summer Session 1: May 16 – June 10

NR 220 Section 001 (CRN 48479) – in person at the Mountain Campus

NR 221 Section 401 (CRN 48483) – online only

Summer Session 2: June 13 – July 8

NR 220 Section 002 (CRN 48481) – online due to COVID outbreak  at the Mountain Campus


1) Registration begins March 22 at noon.

2) Only register for NR 220 or NR 221.

3) Registration for either course occurs through RamWeb; Make sure you choose the Summer Session as RamWeb may default to Fall semester.

4) The tuition for NR 220 and NR 221 follow the structure for CSU summer courses (see https://financialaid.colostate.edu/). Tuition and fee costs can be different for each student (e.g., based on resident vs non-resident status, how many credits a student enrolls for summer, etc.). However, students enrolled in NR 220 have an additional housing and dining charge for the Mountain Campus ($1220) assessed to their student account by CSU Housing and Dining.  Students enrolled in NR 221 (online only) do not have to pay a housing and dining charge. Students should consult with their academic advisor and financial aid office about which course/section is best for you.


Please see this registration flyer for more information.

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 4 weeks of summer, and at the Mountain Campus June 11-12 (for a weekend of skills modules). This is the weekend between the first and second 4-week summer sessions.

  • 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 4 weeks of summer.
  • The course will have a field trip to the Mountain Campus the weekend of June 11-12.  This is the weekend between the first and second 4-week summer sessions.
  • See the syllabus (coming soon) for more details.

F 230 (Forestry Field Measurements) will be taught June 12 (Sunday) – June 24. Students will arrive at the Mountain Campus on Sunday (June 12) for orientation.  Contact Dr. Wade Tinkham (wade.tinkham@colostate.edu) for questions about F 230.


Environmental Humanities – Summer 2022 – Overview

The Program

During the summer of 2022, three courses in the environmental humanities will be offered at CSU’s Mountain Campus. Students are welcome to take all three or select among them.

Study American Environmental History (HIST 355) while walking the very landscapes you’re studying! See how the interactions between diverse groups of people and their natural surroundings have played out over thousands of years of history at CSU’s Mountain Campus.

This summer, try Writing the Environment (E403) in the shadow of the Great Divide. Let CSU’s Mountain Campus be your portal to the grand tradition of American Nature Writing; we’ll explore the genre in poetry and prose, and we’ll get outside to write the far & near, then & now of our own experiences.

Let CSU’s Mountain Campus be your classroom for Environmental Ethics (PHIL345). Wander the trails and landscapes in the shadow of the Mummy Range as you reflect on the diverse perspectives that frame the value and meaning of the environment, and explore our relationships with the more than human world.


Preliminary Program meeting in late April
Preliminary Course meetings in early May

First Course: HIST 355 North American Environmental History, Dr. Sarah Payne

  • Students arrive and have orientation late afternoon of Sunday, May 29th
  • Classroom needs begin on Monday, May 30th
  • Students depart Saturday, June 11

Second Course: E 403, Writing the Environment, Dr. Matthew Cooperman

  • Students arrive and have orientation late afternoon of Sunday, June 12th
  • Classroom needs begin on Monday, June 13th
  • Students depart Saturday, June 25

Third Course: PHIL345, Environmental Ethics, Dr. Kenneth Shockley

  • Students arrive and have orientation late afternoon of Sunday, June 26th
  • Classroom needs begin on Monday, June 27
  • Students depart Saturday, July 9

Please contact the instructor of the course for approval to enroll and for more details about syllabus and curriculum.

Why do we feel so good when we spend time in nature? How can we use nature to build healthier communities? This course introduces students to the science behind the well-being benefits of nature immersion. From improving physical and mental health, to building a more sustainable society, to achieving social justice goals we’ll focus on how our connection to nature can be leveraged to address some of the biggest problems in society. And we’ll do all this learning immersed in nature at the CSU Mountain Campus. Open to all majors. For more information, contact Dr. Sarah Walker at sewalker@colostate.edu.

A portion of GEOL 436, Geology Field Camp will be held at the CSU Mountain Campus this summer. For more information, please visit: https://warnercnr.colostate.edu/geosciences/undergraduate-study/summer-field-camp/

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 sometimes offered as an 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.  Both courses are 5 credits and cover similar material.  However, NR220 is a residential, hands-on, experiential course whereas NR221 is online, mostly asynchronous, and video-based.  The tuition and fee structures for NR220 and NR221 are the same (and the same as other summer courses), except NR 220 has an additional housing and dining charge ($1220 for summer 2022). 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 e.g., FW 111, or F 230, at the same time as NR 220?

FW 111 – yes,

F 230 – 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 to take an additional online course, try to:

  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 information and a copy of the orientation slide show on the Canvas course page (which will be opened up after 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 in early February:  For more information contact Tess McGinty (tess.mcginty@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 sometimes on Sunday evenings (e.g., study session or exam). Thus, students 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?

No, there is no cell phone coverage 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 Student Disability Center 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.

Environmental Data and Student Research at CSU Mountain Campus

All CSU theses and dissertations available in hard copy at the CSU library are being professional digitized funded by the CSU ETD initiative. Many of these documents have been digitized and are now available through Mountain Scholar (e.g., Reid, 1968; https://hdl.handle.net/10217/234091 and Froehlich, 1969; https://hdl.handle.net/10217/234100).

Historical hydrological and meteorological data have been archived and are now digitally accessible (e.g., Battan and Myers data from the 1960s; https://hdl.handle.net/10217/234376).

These data are now published in Mountain Scholar, with the following data records and DOIs. They are actual data that are searchable, etc., conforming to current standards.


Meiman, J. R., Leavesley, G. H., Warden, M. C. (data curator), & Fassnacht, S. R. (data curation supervisor). (2022). Data associated with “Little South Poudre watershed climate and hydrology, 1961-1971, basic data.” Colorado State University. Libraries. http://dx.doi.org/10.25675/10217/234374

Unknown (original data collection), Warden, M. C. (data curator) & Fassnacht, S. R. (data curation supervisor). (2022). Pingree Park Daily Mean Temperature Data from 1972 to 1977. Colorado State University. Libraries. http://dx.doi.org/10.25675/10217/234375

Batten, A., Meyers, A., Turner, M., Warden, M. C. (data curator), & Fassnacht, S. R. (data curation supervisor). (2022). Climatic data of the CSU Mountain Campus and surrounding area collected during the summers between 1959 and 1964. Colorado State University. Libraries. http://dx.doi.org/10.25675/10217/234376

Unknown (original data collection), Warden, M. C. (data curator), & Fassnacht, S. R. (data curation supervisor). (2022). Pingree Park Meteorological Data, 1977-1978. Colorado State University. Libraries. http://dx.doi.org/10.25675/10217/234377

Fassnacht, S. R. (2022). Pingree Park Meteorological Data 2003 to 2008. Colorado State University. Libraries. http://dx.doi.org/10.25675/10217/234378

List of Theses, Dissertations, and Related Documents now in Digital Format


Title Creator Date Format Call Number DSpace URL
“Microhabitat of hatchery rainbow trout” Turner, Spencer Edwards 1969 vii, 36 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm STORAGE ACCESS SH167.T86 T8 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234076
“Distribution and production of midges (Tendipedidae) in an alpine lake” Walters, Carl John 1967 viii, 63 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm STORAGE ACCESS QL535.1 .W35 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234082
“Physical Microhabitat of trout” Wickham, Marvin Gary 1967 vii, 42 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm MORGAN SH167.T86 W5 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/233919
“Effect of removal of the fish population on the invertebrate fauna and phytoplankton of Emmaline Lake, Colorado” Wrenn, William Bryant 1965 vi, 40, [1] leaves : ill. ; 28 cm MORGAN QH98 .W74 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234083
“Watershed analysis of the Little South Fork of the Cache la Poudre River, Larimer County, Colorado” Colorado State University Watershed Management Unit; Johnson, Kendall L. 1962 vii, 120 leaves : ill., maps ; 28 cm MORGAN GB705.C6 C68 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234106
“Multiple-use planning in the Little South Fork of the Cache la Poudre Watershed” Ritchey, Norman 1964 iv, 71 leaves : maps ; 28 cm MORGAN SD425 .R58 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234107
“Stocking levels for lodgepole pine” Adams, David Lewis 1969 xi, 164 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm MORGAN SD397.P585 A3 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234084
“Coactions of bitterbrush, ponderosa pine, and herbaceous vegetation” Giunta, Bruce Conrad 1968 x, 99 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm MORGAN SB207.P87 G5 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234085
“Phenology of Colorado alpine plants” Holway, James Gary 1962 viii, 154 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm MORGAN QK941.C6 H6 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234086
“Incompatibility in spruce hybridization” Kossuth, S.V. 1971 xvii, 188 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm STORAGE ACCESS QH423 .K67 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234087
“Height growth in relation to crown size in juvenile lodgepole pine” Mogren, Edwin W. 1967 [2] leaves ; 28 cm  ARCHIVES SD254 .C64 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234032
“Establishment patterns of bitterbrush” Paur, Leonard F. 1971 xi, 144 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm MORGAN SB207.P87 P3 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234088
“Physiological ecology of alpine plants” Spomer, G.G. 1962 ix, 146, [5] leaves : ill., diagrs. ; 28 cm MORGAN QK937 .S65 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234089
“Growth of juvenile lodgepole pine in relation to soil and slope” Outslay, Gerald 1962 v, 64, [2] leaves : ill. (some mounted), col. map (mounted) ; 28 cm MORGAN SD397.P585 O8 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234077
“Phenology of Colorado alpine plants” Holway, James Gary 1962 viii, 154 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm MORGAN QK941.C6 H6 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234086
“A comparison of methods for evaluating aggregate stability of mountain soils” Chunkao, Kasem 1965 vii, 58, [1] leaves : ill. ; 28 cm STORAGE ACCESS S591 .C48 1965 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234078
“Soil movement following an intense burn” Delp, Phil Gerard 1968 viii, 91 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm STORAGE ACCESS S591 .D45 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234079
“Hydrologic soil study of an Alpine Watershed” Dourojeanni, Axel Charles 1969 x, 108 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm MORGAN S591 .D68 1969 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234080
“Site-vegetation relationships in the montane zone of northern Colorado” Geist, J. Michael 1965 x, 104 leaves : ill., col. photos. ; 28 cm MORGAN S597 .G45 1965 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234081
“Soil factors affecting ponderosa pine growth” Kayastha, Baban P. 1965 vii, 53, [2] leaves : ill. ; 28 cm MORGAN SD397.P66 K3 1965 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234090
“Alpine surface soil movement” Zoghet, Mouine Fahed 1969 x, 151 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm MORGAN S591.Z64 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234098
“The hydrogeology of the Beaver Creek drainage basin, Larimer County, Colorado” Cerrilo, Lawrence Arnold 1967 ix, 46 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm STORAGE QE92.L2 C43 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234099
“Forest snow accumulation factors in the Colorado Front Range” Froehlich, Henry A. 1969 xi, 103 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm MORGAN GB2425.C6 F7 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234100
“Cesium-137 in an alpine watershed” Hubbard, John Edward 1968 ix, 98 leaves : ill. (part mounted, part col.); 28 cm STORAGE ACCESS GB665 .H82 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234101
“Deuterium and Snow Hydrology” Judy, Clark Henry 1970 vii, 100 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm STORAGE ACCESS QC929.S7 J8 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234102
“Water quality of a mountain watershed in Colorado” Kunkle, Samuel H. 1967 xi, 139 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm MORGAN TD224.C6 K8 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234103
“Inorganic water quality of the Little South Poudre with a section on the Precambrian petrology of the Upper Fall Creek area” Mercer, Jery W. 1966 ix, 71 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm MORGAN GB705.C6 M4 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234104
“Calibration of the Little Beaver Watershed” Murray, David Lindley 1968 x, 84 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm MORGAN GB705.C6 M8 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234105
“Snowmelt indexes for small mountain watersheds” Reid, James Elbert 1968 viii, 52 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm STORAGE ACCESS GB665 .R45 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234091
“Physical-chemical and radiation properties of mountain streams” Richardson, Stuart 1969 x, 74 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm MORGAN TD370 .R53 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234092
“A system for detecting fluorescent tracers in streamflow” Steppuhn, Harold Wolfgang 1970 xvi, 190 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm STORAGE ACCESS GB1225.C6 S7 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234093
“Small mammal activity patterns” Lipscomb, James Frederick 1971 vii, 20 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm MORGAN QL165 .L56 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234094
“Variation in deer mice from different elevations” Spencer, Albert William 1961 vii, 85 leaves : map ; 28 cm MORGAN QL737.R6 S7 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234095
“A method for investigating avain predation on the adult Black Hills beetle” Stallcup, Patrick Lloyd 1963 vi, 60, 2 leaves : diagrs. ; 28 cm STORAGE ACCESS SB975 .S73 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234096
“Factors influencing the accumulation of fallout cesium-137 in mule deer” Whicker, F. Ward 1965 xvii, 220 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm STORAGE ACCESS QH652 W48 https://mountainscholar.org/handle/10217/234097