The CSU System is continually growing and evolving its activities, so the list below is a snapshot in time, not a complete or comprehensive list of the System’s activities.

Current activities

  • Focus on Health Community Clinic: annual pet health clinic, with wellness checks and flu shots for owners
  • Extreme Community Makeover: annual Construction Management student service project
  • Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies at the Temple Grandin Equine Center: equine therapy for schools, individuals, and organizations
  • Youth Health Initiative: Rockefeller grant focused on youth creating physical health opportunities related to reducing obesity
  • Attendance/support of events in the Globeville and Elyria-Swansea (GES) neighborhoods through schools and nonprofits, including: Clínica Tepeyac, Laradon, Swansea and Garden Place elementary schools, Bruce Randolph School, The GrowHaus, Focus Points Family Resource Center, COMAL, Valdez-Perry Branch Library, YMCA, and neighborhood activities

Future plans

  • Temple Grandin Equine Center: future home for the Center’s second location
  • Dumb Friends League Solutions Clinic: donor-subsidized veterinary care for companion animals
  • Metro Extension Center: classes, workshops, events, reflective of community interests
  • Metro Engagement Hub: regional location with long-term responsiveness to community needs
  • Anchor Institution: efforts focused on creating benefits to the community, including work on economic development, education, community building, health, safety, and the environment
  • Open to the public: outreach may include K-12 field trips, summer camps, rotating exhibits of art and science for the public, meeting places for conferences, workshops, board meetings, lectures, performances, spaces for events, etc.

Current activities

  • CSU Sustainability Research Team: 10 faculty from diverse disciplines, developing long-term research plans using the the NWC site as a living lab: air quality, energy, water, health, ecology, economics, education, and data
  • BioBlitz: inventory of current site biodiversity in partnership with Butterfly Pavilion, Denver Zoo, and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Future plans

  • Water research: diverse research activities in partnership with Denver Water
  • Site as living lab: continuation and expansion of site as living lab
  • Continuation of BioBlitz: ongoing tracking of the natural environment and the South Platte River
  • Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies research: further developing understanding of the practice
  • Urban Ag research: green roofs, controlled environment, greenhouses, and containers

Current activities

  • Food systems: Extension AmeriCorps team members placed at The GrowHaus to assist with summer programming
  • Water Sustainability Fellows: college and high school students work together to learn about water issues and educate peers and the community
  • Little Shop of Physics: annual event engaging K-12 and community in hands-in STEM
  • Bruce Randolph School 8th grade college tour: annual visits to CSU’s Fort Collins campus
  • BRS 9th grad Road to CSU: a day of college preparation focused on high school freshmen
  • Youth Action Coalition: partner-supported program focused on providing neighborhood youth meaningful engagement opportunities related to the National Western Center project
  • Colorado listening tour: statewide outreach related to understanding and addressing diverse educational needs

Future plans

  • Masters in Food and Agribusiness Entrepreneurship: connected to Ag Innovation Center incubator
  • Masters in Urban Sustainability: project-based program leveraging urban location, through CSU School of Global Environmental Sustainability
  • Educator training: remote and in-person training opportunities for non-traditional educators and professional teachers
  • Concurrent enrollment: support for concurrent enrollment teacher education, as well as classroom space offerings for students
  • On-site exhibits: rotating education for learners of all ages, including virtual reality and interactive experiences; designed for families and field trips
  • Camps, programs: offered by CSU and partners on topics such as water, animal and human health, and food systems
  • “On-show” veterinary care: Dumb Friends League Solutions Clinic and Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • “On-show” Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies: therapy sessions visible, as appropriate
  • “On-show” artists: studio spaces visible to the public and art classes offered by CSU and partners
  • Connected opportunities: education connected to existing curriculum and CSU campuses (e.g., anatomy camps in Fort Collins)
  • Hands-on water: educational connections to the South Platte River

Current activities

  • CSU System Water in the West Symposium: annual water conference focused on bringing together diverse stakeholders to address local and global water challenges

Future plans

  • Ag Innovation Center: connects entrepreneurs with lab space, research support, funding; connects with the Masters of Food and Agribusiness Entrepreneurship
  • Salazar Center for North American Conservation: focused on conservation, environmental, societal, and economic needs
  • Water innovation program: linking water entrepreneurs with resources, funding, and research support
  • General programs: efforts focused on innovation, incubation, and acceleration

Check our calendar for events in or around the site of the future National Western Center, or which represent future programming on the site.