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 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)
(in-person at the Mountain Campus)
NR 221-Integrated Natural Resource Ecology and Measurements (5 credits)
(online only) 

Three NR 220 sections (in-person at the Mountain Campus) and one NR 221 section (online, mostly asynchronous) are being planned during the summer of 2023.


Summer Term 1: May 15 – June 11

NR 220 Section 001 (CRN 48479) – in person at the Mountain Campus (course ends on Friday June 9)

NR 221 Section 401 (CRN 48483) – online only

Summer Term 2: June 12 – July 9

NR 220 Section 002 (CRN 48481) – in person at the Mountain Campus (course ends on Friday July 7)

Summer Term 3: July 10 – Aug 6

NR 220 Section 003 (CRN 48816) – in person at the Mountain Campus (course ends on Friday Aug 4)


1) Registration begins March 21 at noon.

2) Registration for both courses occurs through RamWeb; Make sure you choose the Summer Session as RamWeb may default to Fall semester.

3) 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 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.

4) An orientation session will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 from 5-7pm in Clark A101. NR 220 orientation will occur from 5-6pm and NR 221 orientation from 6-7pm.


FW 111 (Basic Outdoor Skills) will not be offered during summer 2023.

F 230 (Forestry Field Measurements) will be taught June 11 (Sunday) – June 23. Students will arrive at the Mountain Campus on Sunday (June 11) for orientation.  Contact Dr. Jamie Dahl (jamie.dahl@colostate.edu) for questions about F 230.


Environmental Humanities – Summer 2023 – Overview

The Program

During the summer of 2023, four courses in the Environmental Humanities program will be offered at CSU’s Mountain Campus.

Study Environmental History of Colorado (HIST 373), Literature of the Earth (E 403), Environmental Ethics (PHIL 345) and/or Art in Forest Systems (ART 380A5). 

More information can be found here: https://www.libarts.colostate.edu/environmental-humanities/

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 an online course that may be accepted by your department as an NR 220 substitute 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. 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 Henry McLaughlin (henry.mclaughlin@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?

The Mountain Campus is run by CSU Housing and Dining. Housing and Dining arranges cabins and roommates. When arriving at the Mountain Campus, try to have you and your preferred roommates arrive together to see if there is an open cabin. 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.  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 (henry.mclaughlin@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.