Catamount Institute is located in an oasis of wilderness within the city limits of Colorado Springs. Just minutes from downtown Colorado Springs. Catamount Institute is housed within the Beidleman Environmental Center at the entrance to the 97 acre Sondermann Park.
The Beidleman Environmental Center was dedicated to the City of Colorado Springs in 1987 and was named to honor Dr. Richard and the late Mrs. Reba Beidleman. Dr. Beidelman was a biology professor at Colorado College for 43 years. His quest was to educate the community about environmental issues, and he was an essential contributor to 50 programs given annually to the general public. Many national groups recognized his work with the National Park Service and his leadership on the Colorado State Parks Board. He even received a special citation from the Garden Clubs of America. He was awarded the Gresham Riley Award at the Colorado College Alumni Association Awards Ceremony in 1999.
The mission of the Beidleman Environmental Center was to foster an understanding of environmental principles so participants could appreciate how our individual human actions affect our environment. In 1990, it received the Celebrate Colorado Governor’s Environmental Award for environmentally oriented programs offered for all ages. These programs inspired citizens to make positive choices for an improved environment.
The Center is located in Sondermann Park, which was purchased in 1982 and named after the late Fred Sondermann, another distinguished professor of Colorado College and a City Councilman. The Park has very diverse habitats throughout its 97 acres and was designated in 1990 as the 62nd Urban Wildlife Sanctuary by the National Institute for Urban Wildlife.
Our building is powered by the wind and sun! We offset all of our electricity use with wind power credits from Colorado Springs Utilities. Read more about their wind power program here. Catamount Institute also owns 2 solar panels in a solar garden by SunShare. Read more about SunShare here
From North Colorado Springs/Denver take I-25 South. Take the Fontanero street exit #144. Keep right at the fork in the ramp and merge onto West Fontanero St. Take the 1st left onto North Chestnut street at the stop sign. Take the 3rd right onto W Caramillo St. The entrance to the park is at the back of the cul-de-sac.
From South Colorado Springs/Pueblo take I-25 North. Take the Uintah exit # 143. Keep left on the exit. Turn left onto W Uintah Street. Turn right onto Walnut St. North Walnut turns onto West Buena Ventura Street. Turn Left onto N Chestnut Street. Take the first left onto W Caramillo St. The entrance to the park is at the back of the cul-de-sac.
From Woodland Park and Teller County take US Highway 24 east to Colorado Springs. Turn left onto South 21st Street. Turn right onto West Uintah Street. Turn Left onto Cooper Avenue. At the stop sign turn left onto West Buena Ventura Street. Turn Left onto N Chestnut Street. Take the first left onto W Caramillo St. The entrance to the park is at the back of the cul-de-sac.