Our summer 2024 Tour Tuesday series features tours on Tuesdays June 11 through July 23.  “Tour Tuesdays” is a series that takes guests behind the scenes and backstage to showcase a variety of programs, collections, research, and state-of-the-art facilities. There is no cost to attend a tour, but advance registration is required for each tour guest as tour group sizes are limited.


How to Register:

We’ve partnered with CSU Talent Development to use the My Learning platform to streamline registration for Tour Tuesday. You can visit all the tour registration pages here. If you are a CSU student, staff or faculty member use your eID login to access registration. If you are a community member please reach out to Juliana.Hissrich@colostate.edu to register for a tour. Once registered you will receive an email & calendar invite with more information about your tour.  If a tour is at capacity there will be the opportunity for those interested in attending the tour to join a waitlist. If a space opens for the tour the waitlist will register attendees based on their waitlist position.

Tour Offerings:

Learn more about our tour offerings below (tours are listed in alphabetical order). Tours may be added or modified based on location availability or capacity.

A World of Innovation: CSU’s Mechanical Engineering Teaching Labs 

Step into the world of innovation and creation at the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Labs!  Witness our manufacturing, materials testing, robotics, and engines labs where students gain incredible hands-on experience to become the best entry-level engineers in industry.  See where students apply their skills and create the environment that truly separates CSU as one of the elite mechanical engineering undergrad programs.  Also, start your own creations in the Idea2Product 3D printing lab, open to all students on campus and all K-12 students in the state!  A truly memorable experience, come burn some fuel, smash a few things, and have a blast! 

  • June 11: 10-10:30am 
  • June 18: 10-10:30am 
  • June 25: 10-10:30am 
  • July 9: 10-10:30am 
  • July 16: 10-10:30am 
  • July 23: 10-10:30am 

Adult Fitness Program

Step inside the historic Glenn Morris Field House for a tour of an outreach program for the Health and Exercise Science department. At Adult Fitness, we combine the unique experience of exercise with learning. Our members have the opportunity to work with practicum students and progress towards their exercise goals. We offer a variety of modes of exercise from a walking track to group fitness classes. There are highly motivated and enthusiastic practicum students, staff members, and exercisers, ages 18 to 80+ ready to welcome you to our program!

  • June 11: 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Bigger than Your Average Walk-In Closet: Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising

The Avenir Museum tells stories of dress and textiles that inspire respectful curiosity and connection across peoples, places, and cultures. Come visit the home of CSU’s renowned collection of historic clothing and textiles, with an impressive facility at the University Center for the Arts-East that serves as a tremendous research and teaching resource for CSU students and scholars.  The galleries feature changing exhibitions that are free and open to the public. And, lucky you — this tour includes a guided glimpse into that 5,000 sq. ft. ‘closet’ that is otherwise not accessible to visitors!

  • June 11: 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • June 25: 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • July 16: 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • July 23: 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Canvas Stadium 

Canvas Stadium opened in the summer of 2017 and brought Rams football games back to campus for the first time in 50 years, providing countless new engagement opportunities for the entire university. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the Football Hall of Fame, Orthopedic Center of the Rockies Field Club, club level seating, venue spaces, locker room, training center, players’ lounge, New Belgium Porch, and you’ll be able to step onto the field just like our athletes do on game day.  This impressive 727,000 sq. ft. facility is also home to the Iris & Michael Smith Alumni Center, general classroom space and the Collaborative for Student Achievement. 

  • June 11: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  • June 25: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  • July 9: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m..
  • July 16: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

CSU as an Age Friendly University

In 2021, Colorado State University was the first higher education institution in Colorado to be named an Age-Friendly University, a designation that celebrates CSU’s commitment to understanding and fulfilling the needs of older adults in higher education. In this tour, learn about CSU’s aging research agenda and the programs and services available at CSU’s Center for Healthy Aging.

  • June 11: 11:00a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • June 18: 11:00a.m. – 12:15 p.m..
  • June 25: 11:00a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • July 9: 11:00a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • July 16: 11:00a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • July 23: 11:00a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

CSU Spur

Have you been hearing about CSU Spur and meaning to make a trip? Join us!  

If you haven’t yet visited the CSU Spur campus in Denver, this Tour Tuesday is your chance! Hop on a bus from CSU Fort Collins to the new public-facing campus to learn about it first-hand. 

  • Enjoy lunch from a caterer from the neighboring community 
  • Hear the vision of this first-in-the-world campus that represents CSU in Denver 
  • Explore the three-building campus with a chance to hear from CSU researchers and experts about why they’re engaging at Spur! 

About CSU Spur 

CSU Spur is everything you’d expect from a college campus – research, engagement with industry, a variety of classes – but it also offers free admission to the public to watch science and research in action. Learn more about CSU Spur at CSUSpur.org. 

  • Date: July 23:
    • Bus departs CSU Fort Collins Campus – 10:30 a.m.
    • Lunch & CSU Spur tour -12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Bus departs CSU Spur to return to CSU Fort Collins Campus – 2:00 p.m.

CSU Trial Gardens: What goes into these spectacular displays?

Colorado State University blooms from late May through early October at the Annual Flower Trial Gardens. Located west of the University Center for the Arts, the Annual Flower Trial Gardens’ outdoor display and test areas were established to allow students, researchers, industry representatives, homeowner and extension personnel to learn, teach and evaluate through horticulture research and demonstration projects conducted in the unique environmental conditions of the Rocky Mountain/High Plains region. You’ll find everything from common favorites like roses and petunias, to exotic plants and flowers, to names like “Brocade Cherry Night”, “Lucious Royale Cosmo”, “Hot Waterblue” and “Margarita Orange Flair”. Keep your eyes peeled for award winners and best in show for ideas for your home gardens.

  • July 9: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

CSU VTH Small Animal Hospital 

Exceptional Veterinary Care and Service and the Future of Veterinary Education 

Built in 1979, the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) has allowed CSU to become a central location in national and international veterinary science. A 35,000 square foot addition to the hospital was completed in 2002 which houses the Flint Animal Cancer Center (FACC) and Argus Institute. Recently named the #2 Veterinary School in the Nation, we educate the finest veterinarians in the world through our mission to provide exceptional veterinary care and service to the community every day. You’ll get a look into the different services that care for the companion animals, as well as the avian, exotic, and zoologic animals, of Fort Collins and the greater Colorado area at the VTH and FACC. We also provide a look at some of the amazing, high-end technology used by our faculty, staff, interns, residents and students to help provide accurate diagnoses and treatments. 

We strive to give every animal the longest, healthiest, and happiest life possible. With the help of dedicated experts, specialized technology, and safe and spacious facilities, we make caring for your animal our life’s work. Our doctors share compassion and expertise with patients while educating the next generation of veterinarians. We are currently under construction for the new Veterinary Health and Education Complex (VHEC) which is set to be completed in May 2026. Once construction is complete, the VHEC will centralize clinical practice, education, and applied clinical research in one location to provide groundbreaking veterinary care.  

  • June 11: 3-4pm 
  • June18: 3-4pm 
  • June 25: 3-4pm 
  • July 16: 10-11am & 3-4pm 

CSU Weather Station

Take a guided tour of one of the longest operating weather stations in the western United States.  Weather observations for research, teaching and public information have been conducted on the CSU campus since the early 1870’s.  This tour will showcase the instruments that are used to measure temperature, humidity, precipitation, evaporation, winds, solar radiation and more.  Many of the instruments date back to the 1950’s and are still operational today!  Learn how the data are used and how you can access the data for yourself as well.

  • June 18: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • June 25: 10-11 a.m.
  • July 9: 10-11 a.m.
  • July 16: 10-11 a.m.
  • July 23: 10-11 a.m.

Food in the Archives

We all eat, but foods and related systems have evolved over the centuries. Visit the CSU Libraries Archives and Special Collections Department to explore historical books, photographs, and other materials that document food history. You’ll leave surprised, informed, and hungry!

  • June 11: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Geospatial Centroid: Not Your Grandfather’s Mapmaking

Overlooking the Lory Student Center from its inviting space in Morgan Library, the Geospatial Centroid is the virtual—and physical—center of campus activities related to geospatial technologies. Researchers and others from on- and off-campus engage with the Centroid to learn how best to incorporate and use spatial data (data that has location associated with it) in their work. Come learn how the Centroid turns myriad datasets into compelling story maps, online analysis apps, and elegant cartographic products.

  • July 23: 2:00 – 2:50 p.m.

General Campus Tour

Whether you are new to campus or are interested in learning more about our beautiful campus, our campus tour provides a look back at our humble beginnings. We’ll explore the historic oval, delve into the academic spine of campus, learn about the day in the life of a student, step into newly renovated facilities, and discover programs on campus that staff & faculty can enjoy. We’ll feature trivia and fun facts about CSU all along this 1-hour tour route. 

Please note: The General Campus Tour is not a Prospective Student Tour or Transfer Student Tour. Please visit CSU’s Admissions website for more information about Prospective & Transfer Student Tours

  • June 11: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • July 9: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • July 23: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Johnson Family Equine Hospital 

Named after longstanding equine clients Helen and Arthur Johnson, Colorado State University’s Johnson Family Equine Hospital is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to horses. Designed with the patient and client in mind, we offer expertise in all equine specialties, all under one (180,000 square foot) roof, 24 hours a day, year-round. Part of what makes the Johnson Family Equine Hospital special is our advanced technology and equipment, which enhance our ability to diagnose, treat, and provide preventive care for your horse. You’ll experience several different units within the hospital including dentistry, ophthalmology, sports medicine, reproduction, critical and emergency care, field service and more! 

  • June 18: 12:30pm – 1pm 

Mystery of CSU History  

What are the mysteries of CSU’s history? Join us as we learn the history of how CSU began. Tour inside some of the oldest buildings on campus and discover what our historic buildings have been home to over the years. Find out which buildings have ghost stories, myths and legends – maybe you have stories of your own to share. Learn some of the theories as to why CSU’s oldest building burned down in 1870 and where the remains have been placed. Discover the mysteries that have attributed to CSU’s history on this 1.5 hour tour. 

Minimum guest age: 15 years old

  • June 18: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
  • July 16: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Ramskeller Brew House 

Go behind the scenes at the Ramskeller Brewhouse production and teaching brewery to get a glimpse at how students brew up innovative beer flavors. This world-class, one-of-a-kind facility inside the Lory Student Center empowers students to craft beer with locally sourced raw materials while learning how to conduct microbiological and analytical checks throughout the brewing process. Students pride themselves on serving only the highest quality brews to the CSU community – yes, that means the Ramskeller features three brews on tap from the brewhouse: Fall Vienna Lager, Hey! Z’s Comet IPA and the Power Patch Sour which are available to purchase for those 21+ after the tour.  

  • June 11: 11am-12pm 

Rams Against Hunger Pantry Tour

Please join us for a tour of the Rams Against Hunger Pantry.  During this visit, we’ll discuss the scope of food insecurity at institutions of higher education and CSU specifically.  In addition, we’ll address the mechanisms currently in place to support greater food security among our entire CSU community (students, staff, and faculty).

Wanting to help out a fellow Ram? You can bring a donation to your tour. Rams Against Hunger Food Pantry accepts any unopened, shelf stable items, as well as fruits or vegetables grown at a home garden.

Operating from The Office of Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement (SLiCE), Rams Against Hunger offers a menu of services that support students, faculty and staff experiencing food insecurity. Services include a food pantry, a meal-swipe program, pocket pantries, and in-person assistance with navigating federal aid eligibility. This multi-pronged approach acknowledges the broad scope of the issue and seeks to normalize this difficult conversation for the individuals affected, as well as for the institution as a whole. Our hope in providing these services is to ensure that basic needs need not be overlooked at the expense of a degree. By reducing the stigma around food insecurity and meeting student, staff and faculty needs in a way that affirms dignity, we hope to live out the creed that Rams really do take care of Rams.

  • June 18: 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • July 9 | 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Social Media of Yesteryear in the Archives

Step back to a time before online social media connected us. Visit the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Department to journey through days gone by, exploring historical photos, diaries, scrapbooks, memoirs, and more. You will be inspired by the rich legacies created by our forebearers to share, connect, and chronicle everyday life.

  • July 9: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Something’s Brewing: CSU’s Fermentation Science and Technology Brew Kitchen and Innovation Lab 

Working closely with industry leaders like New Belgium Brewing Company, Odell Brewing Co., MolsonCoors and Anheuser-Busch, the Fermentation Science and Technology Program is the first of its kind in the country. The Gifford Building is home to one of two brewhouses on campus – like a fine Bière de Garde or mature cheddar the facilities are aged to perfection and offer a delicious pairing of insight into the program and a behind the scenes look at the facilities that give students hands-on experience into what it takes to brew some of the nation’s most delectable brews.  

  • June 25: 2-3pm 

Student Success at Morgan Library

Libraries are a middle space between academic and social life. Take a tour of the Morgan Library from a Student Success perspective. Learn how the Morgan Library supports student well-being, sense of belonging, and academic achievement through learning and engagement spaces, programming, and services. Find out how the Libraries can support campus partner missions and initiate a conversation for potential collaborations.

  • June 11: 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

Sustainability Hiding in Plain Sight

Join Stacey, the CSU Campus Energy Coordinator on a green walking tour of Main Campus. Let’s walk and talk and explore a few of the things that enable and support sustainability action and practices here at CSU. Sustainability at CSU is a team sport. We’ll explore and discuss the things you may or may not see that help CSU achieve its sustainability goals; the role students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends play. Every one of us makes a difference!

  • June 11: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Temple Grandin Equine Center

Please join us for a tour of the Temple Grandin Equine Center (TGEC) at Colorado State University.  The TGEC is CSU’s initiative that focuses on integrating research and education in Equine-Assisted Services (EAS).  EAS utilizes horses and the horse environment to provide activities and therapies for the benefit of humans.  During a visit to the TGEC at the Foothills Campus, you will tour the new TGEC complex, watch an EAS appointment, where an individual with special needs will be working with their therapist, some volunteers, and of course the horses, and be able to spend some time interacting with a few of the horses.

  • June 18: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • July 23: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

University Center of the Arts Backstage Tour

Go backstage at CSU’s world-class University Center for the Arts with a behind-the-scenes look at our music, theatre, and dance programs by touring performance spaces and production shops. Located in the former Fort Collins High School, the UCA is also home to two museums: the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, the Avenir Museum of Design & Merchandising.

  • June 11: 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.
  • June 25: 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.
  • July 9: 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.
  • July 16: 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.


About our tour logistics: In order to facilitate the unique interactive nature of our tours and provide a higher quality experience for guests, we recommend tours be limited to a maximum of 20 guests. However, we can make arrangements for larger groups. Please note that some tours may be subject to an even smaller number of participants due to space restrictions, while other tours may require a minimum number of participants. At least 48 hours cancellation notice is required to allow for ample time to notify guests on our waitlist. In the case of inclement weather for outdoor tours, your tour guide will reach out to notify you of any changes to your tour.

Are you interested in hosting a tour to feature your college/division/department/unit/program/lab/research?

Contact Juliana Hissrich – Juliana.Hissrich@colostate.edu.

Groups: Have a group visiting CSU or are your staff or faculty interested in touring? We are happy to create custom tours that fit the interests of your group. Please contact Juliana.Hissrich@colostate.edu with your preferred tour date(s), group size, and group interests to begin planning.