CSU Around the State
CSU In Your Community – Bringing the University to All Coloradans
Our statewide offices and regional campuses and centers across the state serve as a platform for CSU to connect to communities, and for communities to connect to CSU research and education, facilitate local connections and work alongside communities. Students also can find support in connections to internships, apprenticeships and service opportunities.
Together with other natural resource organizations, the Colorado State Forest Service strives to provide comprehensive support for the care of our natural environment. This exchange of technical assistance and information among cooperating organizations ensures the commitment to a common goal – future forests providing benefits to future generations.
CSU’s statewide network of research centers operate under the direction and mission of the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station to conduct research that addresses the economic viability, environmental sustainability, and social acceptability of activities impacting agriculture, natural resources, and consumers in Colorado. There are eight centers that conduct research to meet agricultural production needs in different regions of the state, including at our Western and Arkansas Valley Campuses.
Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center (ARDEC)
Located 4 miles north of Fort Collins, ARDEC is an off-campus research and teaching farm, working livestock facility and horticulture field research center that facilitates investigation on agricultural problems with a coordinated approach integrating multi-disciplinary expertise.
Arkansas Valley Research Center
The Arkansas Valley Research Center was established to serve the research needs of the irrigated farming area of southeast Colorado. Researchers focus on irrigated crop production with a particular emphasis on optimal water use for specialty crops grown under irrigation, such as alfalfa, corn, dry beans, small grains, soybeans, sorghum, onions, melons, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes and peppers.
Eastern Colorado Research Center
The Eastern Colorado Research Center focuses on beef cattle management with attention to cattle feeding and nutrition. The facilities consist of more than 35 fenced pastures of native and seeded rangeland, 22 feedlot pens with 640 feet of bunk space, and enclosed working facilities with chute and scales for working and weighing the livestock.
Plainsman Research Center
The Plainsman Research Center conducts research including full and limited irrigation using furrow, sprinkler, and subsurface drip irrigation, as well as tillage comparisons of no-till, ridge-till, conventional-till, and subsoiling.
San Luis Valley Research Center
The San Luis Valley Research Center has a continuing commitment to the people of the San Luis Valley and the state of Colorado to provide research information, conduct extension education and seed certification programs.
Southwestern Colorado Research Center
SWCRC works to advance knowledge in the agricultural, biological, soil and water-related sciences, while also promoting regional engagement in community development, food systems and natural resources projects. SWCRC partners with CSU Extension in Dolores and Montezuma County to maintain a three acre research and demonstration orchard located at the research center.
Western Colorado Research Center Network
Fruita Research Center: The Fruita Research Center is located in the Grand Valley of Mesa County. This center propels knowledge on integrated cropping systems, supporting studies of reduced tillage operations, cover crops, single season inter-cropping, as well as research on alternative crops and forages.
Orchard Mesa Research Center: The Orchard Mesa Research Center is located seven miles southeast of Grand Junction. This center supports research involving tree fruits, wine grape production, and ornamental horticulture.
Organic Research Center at Rogers Mesa: Rogers Mesa Research Center, re-opened in 2017, has nearly 80 acres of land, of which 65 are cultivable. The initial focus of work will be to develop a foundation of perennial organic fruit tree and vine plantings that will be used for many years.
Plant Growth Facilities
This center on CSU’s Fort Collins campus provides research space, including greenhouses, growth chambers and biocontainment facilities, to researchers from five different colleges studying a diverse range of plant material, including wheat, corn, potatoes, rice, salt grass, arabidopsis & hemp.
Our regional CSU campuses bring multiple areas of expertise together to partner with the community in support of local needs, fostering collaborations and partnerships for the benefit of the region and all Coloradans.
CSU Western Campus
In addition to the Western Colorado Research Center network, Western Campus is home to Extension, the Western Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the Colorado State Forest Service regional office.
Arkansas Valley Campus
The Arkansas Valley Campus brings together multiple Agricultural Research Centers, Extension, and the Rocky Ford Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in research, education and outreach.
CSU Mountain Campus
Nestled in a beautiful, secluded mountain valley at an elevation of 9,000 ft. (2,743m) lies Colorado State University’s 1,600-acre Mountain Campus. Mountain Campus serves the CSU community and the surrounding region for academic field studies, educationally focused conferences, K-12 programming and mountain research, and is open from mid-May to mid-October.
The Foothills Campus encompasses 1250 acres of rural land close to CSU’s main campus. Its unique features lend themselves to the specialized research needed to provide solutions to complex global challenges. Foothills Campus has a long tradition of excellence in research, education and outreach and is successful through partnerships and collaborations between CSU and federal, state, local and private partners. The campus houses several research and outreach centers, including the Colorado State Forest Service, National Wildlife Research Center, Atmospheric Science West Facility, the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Lab, Infectious Disease Research Center, the Temple Grandin Equine Center, and more.
Sturm Collaboration Campus
Opening in 2022, CSU Spur is a Denver-based campus built for public education and engagement. With a focus on the issues of food, water, and health, the three-building CSU outreach campus will focus on research and hands-on education for learners of all ages. Programs are meant to inspire the next generation with science-on-display ranging from watching veterinarians operate on animals, to horses on underwater treadmills, to rooftop greenhouses.
At the Northeast Regional Engagement Center, we convene conversations, build community partnerships and facilitate connections to CSU faculty and research. Our role is local – engaging, serving and working in partnership to co-create on the needs in our communities.