Interpretive nature walks at the Mountain Research Station

Program Contact

Kris Hess

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


    On Campus

    Mountain Research Station



    Public or Private

    Public Program (open to the public)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

Sponsoring Units

  • Division of Continuing Education

  • Science Discovery
  • Research Institutes

  • Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research (INSTAAR)

Program Partners

  • CU Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
  • CU Science Discovery
  • National Science Foundation Long Term Ecological Research (LTER)

Audiences Served

  • General Public
  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - Middle School
  • Students - High School