Hands On Environmental Education

The mountaintops, the valleys, the reclamation sites of the Rocky Mountains are your laboratories

Colorado Mountain College offers the best of both worlds: An amazing backdrop and the hands-on opportunity to help preserve it.

The more real-life experience you have, the more attractive you’ll be to potential employers. Colorado Mountain College students learn and work in a diverse Rocky Mountain environment — a valuable resource for your future.

Located on approximately 60 acres of lodgepole pine forest, our campus is a premier site for environmental study. The area is surrounded by U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management and agricultural lands.

Explore the surrounding ecosystems:

  • The Arkansas River watershed
  • High-altitude lakes
  • Aquifers
  • Wetlands
  • Unique terrestrial settings

Students testing mountain lake water.Work with experts and build your resume with exciting internship experiences:

  • Evaluate non-point source pollution to the Arkansas River watershed
  • Monitor hydrology of the California Gulch Superfund site
  • Participate in restoration efforts in the Lake Fork Watershed
  • Reclaim abandoned mine sites
  • Visit drainages impacted by mine-waste and Acid Mine Drainage (AMD)
  • Complete inventories of noxious weeds

See a full list of our Student Internship opportunities.

From field sample to high-tech environmental analysis in the laboratory

Colorado Mountain College students now have the unique opportunity to analyze environmental samples with state-of-the-art tools. The Timberline Analytical Laboratory (TAL) brings discovery indoors with impressive instrumentation for chemical analysis of soil, sediment, rock, water, biologic media, and building material.