When a student walks into Spur, they will put into action what they’ve heard in the classroom. Adults can connect their passions for food, the environment, and health and wellness with the latest research and innovation, or learn new skills in our kitchen and garden. Visitors will have front-row seats to see scientists creating solutions that change lives, or watch experts grow food using advanced technology. Kids will press their faces to the glass, as veterinarians care for animals and connect with the crowd. When Spur opens its doors, it will inspire young and old.
There’s so much to learn. Let’s get to it.
Spur will be home to fresh, hands-on education for learners of all ages. Programs will change regularly, ensuring that visitors have a new experience each time they visit. For students, day trips will be offered in a variety of interactive tracks related to food, water, health, and art. At Spur, all educational offerings will be tied to grade-relevant curricula, and students will have an opportunity to understand the true impact of human actions, and problem solve around pressing global challenges.
Spur will host classes, workshops, and events — open to all, and responsive to community-identified needs and interests. Every day at Spur will be different — the campus will be a platform for CSU institutions to share outreach activities and for partner organizations to deliver public programs.
Continuing our dedication to educating all people — young and old, lifelong learners, and curious residents — Spur will provide certification, professional development, and continuing education programs in a variety of subjects. Spur will also offer specialized master’s degrees, like a program in Food and Agribusiness Entrepreneurship, with a connection to the Spur Ag Innovation Center.
Located on the banks of the South Platte River, Spur will be the perfect place to breathe in some fresh air, and connect with nature in the city. Relax with a coffee in the Backyard, while a group of fourth graders run by in galoshes, headed to the river with their teacher. Host an event in a unique outdoor space, connected to a river rooted in Denver history.
Spur will be a place for the world’s foremost experts to work together toward solutions for humanity’s greatest challenges. A unique urban setting will allow researchers to discover new water treatment technologies, enhance soil health, and understand complex ecosystems. And then share their discoveries with Spur visitors — connecting scientists directly with the public.
Inside Spur, scientists will come together to tackle research issues in water quality, food safety and security, and the translation of veterinary medicine to novel treatments for human health. The Spur campus will also have diverse outdoor research opportunities around the revitalized South Platte River, community learning gardens, and green roof spaces.