CSU Environmental Learning Center

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CSU Environmental Learning Center

ELC Trail: Photo by Rick Reeser

The mission of Colorado State University’s Environmental Learning Center includes connecting people to nature and advancing the field of environmental education. With over 200 acres of cottonwood forest, riparian areas, and prairie grasslands, and crisscrossed by a few dirt trails, the ELC provides great opportunities to observe a variety of birds and other wildlife. Breeding birds include Great Horned Owl, Lazuli Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, and Common Yellowthroat. In migration, flocks of migrant warblers can sometimes include rarities; a Blackburnian Warbler was once seen here. Several species of waterfowl can be found on the ponds, especially in winter. Please note dogs are not allowed at this property.

County: Larimer

Directions: From I-25: exit at Prospect Road and go west for 2 miles. At Timberline Road, head south and in 1 mile, go east on Drake Road. In 0.8 miles, Drake will curve south; go east on Environmental Drive. In 0.3 miles, go north on CR 9 and follow to the parking lot.

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
Ownership: Colorado State University
Admission: Free

Restrictions: Please obey all rules and regulations. Dogs are not allowed on this property.

Parking: Dirt parking area
Lodging: Hotels in Fort Collins

Handicapped: Yes
Handicapped Access: Limited access via dirt trails

Latitude: 40.555971
Longitude: -105.019399

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Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo

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