Pre-College Summer Sustainability Program


The School of Global Environmental Sustainability Pre-College Summer Sustainability Program offers high school students an unparalleled opportunity to work with professors, professionals, and graduate students from some of the top ranked university programs and departments in the world.

Come hike through Rocky Mountain National Park, raft down the Cache la Poudre River, and explore research in action at Colorado State University. Each day of the Program will add another piece to the sustainability puzzle whether it is out among the prairie dogs on the Shortgrass Steppe, high in the Rocky Mountains investigating wildfire and ecosystem health, or discovering local food initiatives in Old Town Fort Collins. This program empowers you with a foundational understanding of sustainability that increases your capacity to think of creative solutions, broaden your global perspectives and be involved in your community.

No matter where your interests lie, whether it be sustainable green building, preservation of natural areas, climate change, sustainable local communities or global collaboration, this program will help you connect the dots between ecosystems, our society, and the economy.

Mentorship is a core goal of the Pre-College Summer Sustainability Program. Get a jumpstart on your college career and join us this summer!


Our eight-day summer residential program highlights six focal areas of sustainability:

  • Climate Change and Energy
  • Food Security
  • Environmental Institutions and Governance
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Land and Water Resources
  • Biodiversity Conservation and Management

Students will have the chance to interact regularly with Colorado State University professors and graduate students working in each of the six focal areas. The experiental learning approach will give students hands-on experience in the field. Academic curriculum will be brought to life at some of Northern Colorado's most exciting locations!

Where Does it Take Place?

The Program is based at the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Field trips will visit:

  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • The Cache la Poudre River
  • Shortgrass Steppe Research Information Center
  • CSU’s Atmospheric Science Campus
  • Old Town Fort Collins
  • And more!

Life on Campus

Students will be immersed in the rich Rocky Mountain campus environment at Colorado State University with access to the Student Recreation Center and evening activities in the historic Old Town of Fort Collins. Students will be housed on campus in the Corbett Residence Hall which features suite style rooms for a taste of college living.

Who Should Join Us?

We encourage local, national, and international high school students with a passion for the environment and an interest in sustainability to apply! The typical student for the program will be entering their junior or senior year in high school in the fall of 2016.  However, high school students outside of this age range are still welcome to apply. This program will expose participants to a wide range of social, economic, and environmental perspectives on sustainability.

This program is for you if:

  • You are creative
  • You are interested in hands-on learning about diverse ecosystems
  • You want to find innovative solutions to complex problems
  • You enjoy nature
  • You want to strengthen leadership skills
  • You are interested in working across academic disciplines
  • You are a global thinker
  • You want to learn new skills and have fun while doing it!

Who do I Contact?

For additional information and questions about the program, contact the The School of Global Environmental Sustainability home of the Pre-College Summer Sustainability Program at or call (970) 491-1423.