Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR)

The Warner College of Natural Resources is one of the largest and most comprehensive natural resource colleges in the nation. Offering students the opportunity to immerse themselves in their environmental fields of choice, Warner College is a leader in natural resources education, outreach, and research both in Colorado and around the world.


Department Missions


Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department (FRS)

Forest and Rangeland Stewardship programs teach students about managing natural resources to support the livelihoods of people and to sustain the services of ecosystems.

Forests, rangelands, and aquatic ecosystems support human societies, the environment, and the wealth of life on Earth. The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship consists of foresters, range scientists, hydrologists, and social scientists that study natural environmental processes and how they interact with human systems.

The Department offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide variety of disciplines within forestry, rangeland ecology, and natural resources management. https://warnercnr.colostate.edu/frs/

Ecosystem Sciences and Sustainability (ESS)

Ecosystems include the many processes of life that support and enrich humankind. These processes include interactions among organisms and species, the flow of energy and the cycling of matter, and the maintenance of diverse and complex communities of microbes, plants and animals.Our responsibility is to understand the world’s ecosystems and the effect of human societies on ecosystem processes and their long-term sustainability. Research and education are central to that understanding, enhancing our ability to manage for the sustainability of ecosystems, societies and the biosphere.Students will integrate the latest science into real-world decision-making and public policy, with the ultimate goal of managing our planet’s natural resources – the air, water, land and biological diversity upon which all life depends – sustainably into the future.  The Department currently offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs in the discipline of watershed science, as well as an undergraduate program in ecosystem science and sustainability. https://warnercnr.colostate.edu/ess/

Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Department (FWCB)

We expand the frontiers of knowledge through our broad-based expertise in applied ecology, quantitative methods, and human dimensions in the conservation and management of fish and wildlife.

We teach students to think critically about environmental issues, and become ecologically literate citizens with the training to be successful in graduate school and in careers with natural resources agencies, firms, and non-government organizations.

Our outreach efforts contribute significantly to life-long learning by assisting individuals and agencies to solve complex environmental problems and to be good stewards of our nation’s natural resources. https://warnercnr.colostate.edu/fwcb/

Department of Geosciences (GEO)

Students gain hands-on skills through course work, field work, internships, and volunteer work. Students apply what they learn, and develop important skills essential to the work that they will pursue after graduation.

The Geosciences program permits individual attention and strong student-professor interaction. Classes are made interactive by field trips, visiting speakers, and informal career discussions. https://warnercnr.colostate.edu/geosciences/

Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (HDNR)

The Department is dedicated to the education and involvement of diverse publics in natural resource decisions. HDNR has more than 90 years of collaborative research in parks and protected areas and contributes to informed decision making while conveying a broad based understanding of the way humans value, use and depend on the natural environment.

Natural Resource management involves integrated approaches that connect physical and biological sciences through social science frameworks. Natural resource issues are complex and require an understanding of human-natural system interactions to reach effective solutions that sustain livelihoods and the environment.

With a cutting edge approach to natural resource management and tourism, our award winning programs equip students with dynamic coursework, experimental learning opportunities, and real world experiences that make a decisive impact on their future. https://warnercnr.colostate.edu/hdnr/

Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML)

CEMML is a multidisciplinary team of natural, physical, and social scientists. We work closely with the Department of Defense and other agencies to inform management of natural and cultural resources consistent with achieving mission-specific and societal goals. CEMML is part of Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources. https://www.cemml.colostate.edu/

Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP)

The Colorado Natural Heritage Program is Colorado’s only comprehensive source of information on the status and location of Colorado’s rarest and most threatened species and plant communities. We share information with a wide range of stakeholders in partnerships that work to ensure the Colorado’s biodiversity resources are not diminished. CNHP has an enormous impact on conservation in Colorado through these partnerships.

CNHP tracks and ranks Colorado’s rare and imperiled species and habitat and provides scientific information and expertise to promote the conservation of Colorado’s wealth of biological resources. Established in 1979, the CNHP is a non-profit scientific organization affiliated with the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. http://www.cnhp.colostate.edu/

Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL)

The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory is an interdisciplinary ecology research and teaching unit at Colorado State University. Our mission is to improve understanding of the complex interactions between ecosystems, humans, and management activities. http://www.nrel.colostate.edu/