Guide to Living at the Station
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All residents and visitors must check-in at the John W. Marr Alpine Laboratory upon arrival and departure unless other arrangements are made.
Please arrive during business hours, Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. If you plan to arrive after hours please make necessary arrangements and look for housing assignments near the front door of the Marr Alpine Laboratory.
Housing and Daily Logistics
All residents are responsible for keeping their accommodations, the restrooms, and laundryroom clean.
Sleeping bag, or sheets and blankets for twin sized beds.
Toiletries & Personal Care
Clothing & Field Gear
Layers of fleece and/or wool work best.
Warm hat, gloves, and socks.
Rain coat and pants (shell).
Footwear appropriate for field work – light to medium weight water proof/resistant hiking boots or shoes
Wide brimmed hat or cap
Change for laundry
Quiet Hours and Noise
Quiet hours are from 10:00 pm until 6:00 am. Any activities during this period must be quiet and not disruptive. Please be considerate of your neighbors.
Vehicles & Parking
Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Please drive around the station only when absolutely necessary to minimize dust and reduce wear and tear on roads. The speed limit is 15 miles per hour within the station property. Walking or bicycling is strongly encouraged.
The main parking area is located at the entrance to the station near the Marr Alpine Laboratory, and past the propane tanks. Long-term parking in the upper portion of the station beyond the dining hall is discouraged.
Although we love them...pets are not permitted at the Mountain Research Station. Year round residents/employees may have pets by special permission.
Coin operated washers and dryers are located on the north end of the bathhouse for $1.25/load. Please provide your own detergent and change.
Guests are welcome at the station, but should check in at the Marr Lab administrative office and plan to leave before 10 pm.
Guests are invited at the dining hall for a per-meal charge. Meals may be purchased in advance at the Marr Lab administrative office, or can be purchased at the dining hall..
All guests are required to follow the rules and policies of the Mountain Research Station and the University of Colorado.
Mail & Packages
Long term residents are encouraged to get a PO Box from the US Post Office in Nederland, however, short-term residents may have mail delivered to the station. The USPS will not deliver large boxes. Residents must make their own arrangements for pick-up in Nederland.
Both United Parcel Service and FedEx deliver directly to the Mountain Research Station. It is strongly encouraged to use one of these carriers for incoming packages larger than a letter. Residents are responsible for postage and payment of all outgoing shipments.
Cell phone coverage is spotty. Currently the best cellular reception is with AT&T. Verizon has marginal service and other major carriers have little or no coverage.
A phone available in the foyer of the Marr Lab for emergencies and local calls. This phone is free for local calls, or can be used for long distance calls with a calling card. The number is posted near the phone. Office phones are for business use and emergencies only.
Computer and Internet
Computers are available to all station residents in the Library of the Marr Lab.
WiFi is available in the Marr Alpine Laboratory, Kiowa classroom, and the Moores-Collins Family Lodge.
University of Colorado students, faculty, and staff may login using UCBwireless or Eduroam accounts. Visiting guests and researchers...please ask staff about login options.
Recreation & Activities
Numerous hiking trails and other recreational opportunities surround the Mountain Research Station.
The Mountain Research Station is located near the Brainard Lake Recreation Area, Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area and is approximately 20 miles north of Rocky Mountain National Park. Trail guides, maps and other resources are available on the internet to help navigate through the area.
Dining hall service is available early June through mid-August or when field courses are in residence. Meals are covered as part of the tuition of summer field courses or are available for purchase. Breakfast and dinner are served Monday-Thursday with Friday and weekend meals available upon request. A signup sheet is available for Friday and weekend meals. Please sign up no later than Thursday.
Self-made lunch items are provided during the breakfast hour for a sack lunch. Please take only what you need for that day's lunch. If you would like to reduce the use of throwaway products, you may bring your own plastic lunchbox/bag and reusable containers.
Meals & Special Diets
The dining hall serves healthy, filling meals usually with several meat and vegetarian options. The dining hall can meet most dietary requirements.
Please let the dining hall staff know of any special dietary needs as soon as you can.
Safety & Wildlife
(911 FOR ALL EMERGENCIES)
Camping and FIres
Camping or open fires (fire pits, fire pans, charcoal grills, etc) are not permitted on Mountain Research Station property. Public campgrounds are located nearby.
Living With Wildlife
The Mountain Research Station is a wild place. Black bear, moose, mountain lions, and coyotes move through the station througout the year. All wildlife should be viewed at a distance and treated with respect. Never feed wildlife, including squirrels and chipmunks.
Smoking is not permitted in any building or public area at the Mountain Research Station. CU policy on smoking.
Alcohol & Drug Policy
All state and federal laws regarding the possession and consumption of alcohol apply to the Mountain Research Station. Alcohol is not to be present or consumed in public areas or events (labs, classrooms) without proper approval from the University of Colorado . CU policy on alcohol.
The University of Colorado is a “drug free workplace.” Possession, sale and/or use of illegal drugs is prohibited.
Leaving the Station
Alway have a buddy. Please check in with your group coordinator, course instructor, cabin-mate, or station staff before leaving the station.
Equipment, Resources & Maintenance
The Mountain Research Station maintains vehicles for course and administrative use only. Vehicles may be leased for research or other programs. Vehicles are never available for personal use.
Requests for cabin repairs, firewood, restroom supplies, etc. can be requested at the Marr Lab administrative office.
Equipment & Supplies
Limited equipment and supplies for students and researchers may be checked out from the Marr Alpine Lab.
Violation of Guidelines
The Mountain Research Station and the University of Colorado reserves the right to interpret all policies and regulations. Written clarification may be requested from the Director or Manager.
The Mountain Research Station and the University of Colorado reserves the right to deny service, research privilege, or housing.
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