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Imagine, if you will, the look on Charles Lory’s face on that summer day in 1914 when he first arrived at Pingree Park.
Lory, Colorado State University’s fifth and longest-serving president, was accompanied by Colorado Gov. Elias Ammons and other dignitaries on the 50-mile journey to the 1,600-acre site. The first part of their journey was in a Stanley Steamer – a steam-powered automobile popular at the time – and the rest of the trek along the South Fork of the Cache la Poudre River was completed in a horse-drawn wagon.
Lory, for whom CSU’s Lory Student Center is named, must have been in awe when he finally arrived at Pingree Park. Lush forests, stands of aspen, pristine meadows, the rushing waters of the Poudre’s south branch and abundant wildlife lay before him – all surrounded by the snow-capped Mummy Range. It was a place of awe-inspiring beauty and almost unlimited potential.
“I had read about Pingree when I was looking at schools, but it was better than I ever imagined,” said Marina Rodriguez, a junior from San Antonio studying wildlife biology at CSU. She has spent parts of the past two summers at Pingree. “I had never been any place like that before, and now I wish I could stay up there all the time. It’s an amazing place.”
Lory and professor B.O. Longyear had envisioned a place where students could learn forestry and other disciplines in a living classroom. Today, 100 years after Lory’s historic journey, Pingree is home to a campus and conference center that hosts more than 5,000 annual visitors. Cabins, classrooms and labs are utilized by more than 200 students in CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources.
“The thing I love about Pingree is that it sort of encompasses you. It’s so breathtakingly beautiful,” said Joyce Berry, dean of the WCNR. “It epitomizes a sense of place. Pingree is so central to our programs, but what’s so special is that it leaves an imprint on their experience that they can then take into their professional lives.”
The primary purpose of Pingree is to give CSU students an opportunity to truly experience education in a natural setting. All students in WCNR are required to take the four-week class, Natural Resources 220, to graduate. The class is offered twice each summer and is taught by five WCNR faculty and a handful of teaching assistants.
While work in the Pingree classrooms is important, the real value of the course comes from the experience. Four students share a cabin room and have to live, work and study together throughout the session. There are plenty of laughs and tears as the students learn to cope in an environment where cell phones, TV and wireless do not exist.
“It’s a very intense experience, with a full day of classes and lots of studying,” said Paul Doherty an associate professor in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, and director of field courses at Pingree. “The really cool thing is watching these kids become friends. I would go so far as to say when you talk to our alumni, many of them don’t remember a lot of their courses but they all remember Pingree.”
Pingree also hosts hundreds of area elementary students each fall for Eco Week, and features a Ropes Challenge Course that can be utilized for conference attendees and other visitors.
For a slide show of Pingree Park, visit: pingree.colostate.edu.