Program Details:

Interpretive nature walks at the Mountain Research Station

Located at 2900 m (9500 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 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 will be done in phases during Sept 2018 through Nov 2019. Limited trail opening for K-12 use is targeted in Oct/Nov 2019 with a broader call for users planned for spring/fall of 2020.

This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group. For more information, please visit the program website.


On Campus

  • Mountain Research Station

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

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

Sponsoring Units

Continuing Education, Division of

  • Science Discovery
  • Research Institutes & Centers

    • Arctic & Alpine Research (INSTAAR), Institute of

    Program Contact

    Kris Hess
    Station Manager

Program Categories


  • Biological Sciences
  • Education (K-12)
  • Environmental Issues
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Geology
  • Natural Sciences
  • Science
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Program Types:

  • Field Trip


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

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