Interpretive nature walks at the Mountain Research Station
Located at 2,900 m (9,500 feet) in the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies, the Mountain Research Station (MRS) is an interdisciplinary facility of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research providing research and educational opportunities for scientists, students and the public. Our mission is to facilitate research and education to better understand the unique patterns and processes of biotic and physical systems in mountains, and how environmental changes may influence these patterns and processes.
The Mountain Research Station would like to expand our capability to provide visiting K-12 classes and the public with an introduction to our research and natural history of the environment around the station. Displays and curriculum will entail various environmental sciences such as plant and animal ecology, hydrology, geomorphology, forestry and atmospheric science. Currently, the MRS has no outdoor interpretive information surrounding the station.
To promote the use of the MRS by more K-12 classes, multiple outdoor interpretive walks and displays are proposed. These walks and displays will serve as focal points for visiting K-12 classes as well as serve CU Boulder users and general public visitors. The MRS currently has occasional K-12 class visits, however we would like to increase visitation by K-12 users and establish long term relationships with schools/teachers by having established interactive displays and curriculum.
The creation of the interpretive trails has been done in phases, beginning in September 2018 and to be completed in November 2020.
Interpretive Trails Project
Mountain Research Station
Public or Private
Public Program (open to the public)
No charge to attend/participate in activity or program
Division of Continuing Education
- Science Discovery
- Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research (INSTAAR)
- CU Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
- CU Science Discovery
- National Science Foundation Long Term Ecological Research (LTER)
- General Public
- Students - Elementary School
- Students - Middle School
- Students - High School