Setting & Facilities
Buildings and Labs
John W. Marr Alpine Laboratory, contains offices, laboratories, computer lab, classroom, seminar room, Columbine Bookshop, and lounge. This building is the main administrative center, and has WiFi through the campus internet.
Moores-Collins Family Lodge, open year-round for conferences, courses, and retreats. The lodge is self-contained, with sleeping rooms, lounges, a kitchen, and a meeting room.
The Tundra Laboratory was built in 1990 at the Saddle Research site, 11,600 feet (3538 m). The lab has AC line power, solar power, and fiber optic data lines. The lab facilitates year round studies on Niwot Ridge, providing shelter form summer hail and lightning storms, and from winter snow and extreme winds.
Wildrose Dining Hall, a classic rustic building constructed in 1921, and fully renovated in 1990, the dining hall has a full commercial kitchen, and seats up to 60
The Kiowa Laboratory is the environmental chemistry laboratory, leased full-time to the Niwot Ridge Long-Term Ecological Research Program. The laboratory analyzes air, snow, water and soil samples for major solutes and nutrients.
The University of Colorado Alpine Observatory has a 12.5" telescope outfitted with an H-alpha filter for solar viewing. The facility is used for research and outreach activities.
Cabins at the Station are rustic but comfortable. Student cabins are furnished with bunk beds, wardrobe/dresser, a table, chairs, and a wood stove (wood is provided) for warmth. All housing has electricity, There is no bedding, so please bring your own sleeping bag and pillow. An extra blanket is recommended.
The bathhouse has sinks, toilets, and showers, and is divided into men's and women's sections. The laundry room is located at the north end of the bathhouse and has a coin-operated washer and dryer. Students must provide their own towels and personal toiletries.
The Megaron Building is used for recreation, seminars, and classes. It has a wood stove, ping-pong table, TV/DVD, books, and a dance floor.
Climate change may have profound effects on mountain forests and alpine tundra, and the benefits they provide to surrounding communities such as water, recreation, and forage. Warming of 2-5 °C is expected in the Rocky Mountains over the next 50 years.
Since 2009, a warming experiment run on Niwot Ridge by the University of California, Merced has been experimentally determining what...