Our fall Tour Tuesday series features tours on Tuesdays October 10-31.  “Tour Tuesdays” is a series 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 registration is required for each tour guest as tour group sizes are limited. Each tour requires a separate registration via the links provided below. Our team will email you with additional tour information (meeting location, where to park, how to prepare, etc.) via a calendar invite. Once a tour reaches capacity, the date/time will not show on the registration page.

Learn more about our tour offerings below (tours are listed in alphabetical order).

Registration is closed for the fall.

Adult Learner & Veteran Services

Remember all that construction that was happening in the LSC? Well it’s done and one of the biggest additions is the new Adult Learner & Veteran Services space as we went from 1,800 sq ft to 8,000+ sq ft, with two floors! Come check out this new beautiful space that not only is a great place to hangout and study but also has one of the largest food pantries on campus, has reservable meeting rooms, fridges to drop off your lunch, an amazing view of the mountains, and so much more! Please note this event is open to all and falls outside of our Fall Tour Tuesday lineup. 

Date: November 7

RSVP here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D45A5AE2FA6F8C52-44888408-alvs#/

Backstage: University Center of the Arts

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.

Duration: 50 minutes


  • October 10: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • October 24: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Biology Teaching Collection

Visit the teaching collections of the Department of Biology to see the amazing animal materials we use to teach the “ology” courses and learn about evolutionary adaptations throughout the tree of life! Get an up-close look at their collection of over 13,000 mammals and birds, one of the largest collections in the U.S.

Duration: 1 hour


  • October 10: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • October 17: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – At Capacity
  • October 24: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – At Capacity
  • October 31: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – At Capacity

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.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes


  • October 17: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • October 24: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • October 31: 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

CSU in Bloom – Annual Flower Trial Gardens

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.
Duration: 45 minutes


  • October 10: 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • October 17: 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

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. 

Duration: 45 minutes


  • October 10: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • October 17: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • October 24: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • October 31: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Designing & Building the Future Together: Nancy Richardson Design Center (RDC)

The Nancy Richardson Design Center (RDC) is a hub for innovation, designed as a dynamic space to invite curiosity and inspire collaboration. It houses flexible classrooms, gallery and exhibition spaces, and offices and labs of both the RDC and Design and Merchandising departments. The RDC Fabrication Labs (Prototype, Wood, Metal, Imaging, and Ideation) are open to all CSU students, faculty, and staff. We also host regional community events and workshops highlighting Design Thinking, interdisciplinary learning, and creativity. Our IDEA courses are open to Lifelong Learners (ages 55+) and all CSU students.  We also offer full-service design and small-batch production runs. Join the tour to see our fabrication labs in action, including virtual and augmented reality; vinyl, textile, and UV printing; laser cutting and etching; digital modeling; 3D printing and scanning; wood working; metal fabrication; fabric assembly; and screen-printing equipment. 

Duration: 1 hour


  • October 10: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • October 17: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • October 24: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – At Capacity
  • October 31: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Food Science & Human Nutrition

Do you like food?

Come join us to find out more about our nutrition and fermentation programs as well as see our amazing experiential learning spaces! Come hungry…there will be opportunities to taste along the way!

Duration: 1 hour

Date: October 24: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – At Capacity

Hydroponic Harvests: A On-Campus Grown Lettuce Tour

Join us on a tour of our hydroponic lettuce farm where you will learn about our innovative methods of growing lettuce without soil! You will learn how we use nutrient rich water to grow healthy and delicious lettuce, all while reducing our environmental impact. This program is a living and learning lab where both practicum students and our HDS Horticultural Intern have the opportunity to learn how to grow produce in a greenhouse setting. We look forward to showing you sustainable farming! 

Duration: 1 hour

Date: October 10: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Into the Vault: Gregory Allicar Museum of Art

Step inside the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art With a growing and diverse collection of more than 5,000 works of art and dynamic programing, the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art is a cornerstone of Colorado State University’s arts initiatives and a link to alumni, Fort Collins, and our region. The museum is dedicated to educational vitality, embracing all audiences, and to honoring a diversity of art making across time periods, geographies, and cultures. Unique to this tour is the opportunity to go inside the vault which is not open to the public!

Duration: 1 hour


  • October 10: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • October 24: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – At Capacity

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.

Due to the high demand of this tour for Halloween we have additional dates outside of Tour Tuesday listed below. Minimum age requirement is age 12 for this tour as some tours take place after dark. 

Duration: 1.5 hours


  • October 19: 3:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. – At Capacity
  • October 25: 5:00 p.m. – At Capacity
  • October 30: 3:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. – At Capacity

Powerhouse Energy Campus

Completed in 2014, the CSU Powerhouse Energy Campus is located near the heart of Old Town and serves as the headquarters of the Energy Institute. The Powerhouse Energy Campus is an incredible facility that conducts research and development across a wide-range of disciplines on a host of energy and climate solution topics. The facility also is home to the Engines and Energy Conversion lab (with large engines that are quite impressive), cookstove research, large-scale thermal energy labs, hydrogen fueling and electric vehicle labs, a rapid prototyping lab and so much more!

Duration: 1-1.5 hours


  • Canceled: October 10: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • October 17: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – At Capacity
  • October 24: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – At Capacity
  • October 31: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – 3 p.m. At Capacity

Rams Against Hunger Food Pantry

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.

Duration: 20 minutes


  • October 24: 12:00 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.
  • October 31: 12:00 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Sustainability Hidden 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!

Duration: 75-90 minutes


  • October 10: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • October 17: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 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 benefits 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.

Duration: 1 hour

Dates: October 10: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

The Biggest Walk-In Closet in the Rockies: 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!

Duration: 1 hour


  • October 10: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – At Capacity
  • October 24: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – At Capacity


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/research?

Contact Jennifer Wright – Jennifer.Wright@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 Jennifer.Wright@colostate.edu with your preferred tour date(s), group size, and group interests to begin planning.