CSU Spur


Spurring Discovery in Food and Agriculture

The CSU Spur Campus at Denver’s National Western Center brings together research, teaching and engagement activities from the three campuses of the CSU System in a modern-day approach to the university’s land-grant mission. The public-facing campus celebrates the proud tradition of Colorado agriculture while inspiring innovation with global impact. Diverse research, demonstration and education programs at Spur will promote agricultural literacy and lifelong learning, foster agribusiness entrepreneurship, enhance the health and well-being of individuals and communities, and advance the sustainability of urban and rural food systems.

Agricultural Research, Innovation and Education

At CSU Spur, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Agricultural Experiment Station collaborate with diverse partners to provide a community-centric, experiential and lifelong learning opportunity in the heart of Denver focusing on the safety, security and sustainability of food and natural resources to enhance the well-being of humans, plants and animals.

At Spur, We Will:

  • Enhance the visibility, reach and scale of our research and programming
  • Improve access to and by metropolitan audiences, for mutual benefit
  • Support and grow the food and agriculture economy locally and globally
  • Establish a hub to strengthen synergistic food systems networks across Colorado
  • Foster innovation via colocation, collaboration and community engagement
  • Be a platform for engaging and recruiting diverse populations
  • Accelerate student success


Vida Spanish for life embodies the connectivity between humans and animals, bringing together university experts, veterinarians, service providers and nonprofit organizations to create a collaborative space focused on animal health and human health.

Learn more about our programs in the Vida building:


Terra — Latin for earth — brings agriculture to life, allowing people to understand where their food comes from, the challenges that lie ahead as the global population grows rapidly, and how we can all participate in shaping our food future.

Learn more about active programs in the Terra building:

Future programming will focus on community food systems and economic development.


Opening January 2023

Hydro — Greek for water — is a platform for water education, research, innovation and policy, bringing together experts and thought leaders to address the most pressing issues facing the region, the country and the world.

Learn more about our programs in the Hydro building:

Interior of modern building with reception desk and cafe