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Sense of Place

Sense of Place Trips

Sense of Place trips are a field series exploring the cultural, natural, and historical features of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region.

  • Block 1:  Pikes Peak Highway; September 8
  • Block 2:  Colorado Water Tour;  October 20-22
  • Block 3:  Pikes Peak Mining History Tour; November 5
  • Block 4:  Waste Material Recovery Facility Tour; December 8
  • Block 5:  Not Your Average Ski Trip:  Recreation Economies of Colorado; February 15-18
  • Block 6:  Cultural Geography of Colorado Springs; March 2
  • Block 7:  Native American History of the Pikes Peak Region; April 6
  • Block 8:  CC Connections with Venetucci Farm; April 29

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This site provides some basic information about our place in Colorado Springs: the cultural history, the ecosystems, the geology and the resources we depend on, such as water, food, and energy. It also lists some amenities in the city and surrounding region, including locations for outdoor recreation, grocery stores and restaurants.

Acknowledging the intricacies of this place is critical if we are to build roots in this community and fully appreciate all that it takes to live in Colorado Springs. By fostering a deeper sense of our geography, we can build a more connected, conscious and resilient community.


Featured Vid: The Sense of Place trip series that began in the fall semester took students, faculty, and staff on new explorations this spring, with a variety of field trips planned heading into the next academic year. A collaboration between the Office of Field Study and the Office of Sustainability, the series launched at the start of the 2015-16 academic year aiming to build a more connected, conscious, and resilient community. | Video by CC Communications

"[It’s an] effort to become aware in place and to have a clear sense of where we are. The psychological side is ‘who am I?’ The bioregional side is ‘where am I?’ Who? and where? are not such different questions.”

–Gary Snyder

Special thanks to the Office of Sustainability, the Outdoor Education Office, and the Collaborative for Community Engagement for sponsoring the website. 

Further thanks to Lee Farese, Alex Suber, Haley Leslie-Bole, Ben Feldman, Luke Paulson, Silas Scheer, Sarah Hamilton, Marion Hourdequin, Randy Kruse, Ian Johnson, Christine Siddoway, Frank Kinder, Alicia Archibald, Mike Callicrate, Miroslav Kummel, David Mason, Ryan Hammes, Patricia Chan and Chris Dickson. Huge thanks to Mark Lee for the technical help.