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The Sense of Place orientation program allows students to take on the process of becoming “rooted in a place”. This program began with a simple question: Where does my water come from? This question then expanded into a broader inquiry about all the hidden sources of our sustenance in urban life. That line of inquiry would eventually lead to the Colorado College’s Sense of Place new student orientation program. A program which aims to provide more literacy on the important, geographically specific, resources that support us everyday. Educating new students about these “sources of our sustenance” was the foundation for the program, however, we came to realize that sense of place is far more than the resources that we depend on. To have a sense of place one must have a connection to the cultural heritage of a region and an understanding of the surrounding ecological community.

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