OSHR 1882 - Colorado History from a Wildlife Perspective

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Mines, railroads, logging, livestock, and conquests collectively dominate the traditional interpretive stories about how Colorado came to be. As significant and influential as these things were, they focus on a single line of thought in the story.

Wildlife also influenced Colorado’s origins. Grasses provided food for livestock; trees provided wood for building. Through the years, some animals
were lost - bison, ferret, grizzly, wolf - and some animals were gained - earthworm, bass, pheasant, mountain goat, and moose. Each such animal by itself is an aside; all such stories together more fully portray Colorado’s past and more richly explain how we got from then and there to here and now. This class is about that story.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Kevin J. Cook

Kevin J. Cook is a naturalist who has explored the expanse of Colorado and engaged the full diversity of its wildlife since 1974. Through writing, speaking, and teaching he shares his passion for life with other people, always emphasizing the themes of diversity, connectedness, and geography.