High Country News University Classroom Program

Instructors: Get High Country News for FREE as a classroom tool for yourself and your students.

Help your students unravel the complex issues facing the American West with our coverage. 

The HCNU Classroom program gives free magazines to instructors and students in higher education. The program's intention is to engage young readers in the important issues facing the American West, and cement HCN as a go-to-media organization for natural resource news, essays and commentary on all things uniquely Western.

Participants of this program receive:

  • The magazine for each student in the class, and for the instructor*, delivered in bulk to the instructor, for the duration of the semester.
  • An email to the instructor the week of the issue, noting the table of contents and the upcoming stories- for planning purposes.
  • Access to HCN digital archives – a rich 44-year history of High Country News.
  • Access to our librarian for curated HCN stories on specific fields of study and topics.
  • Full access to subscriber-only content on our HCN app, accessible on your computer, tablet or mobile phone. 

We are able to offer you this useful tool at NO COST because of our generous donors and through grant funding: quantities are limited so place your order today!

To get started, simply fill out our online form.

* Classroom distribution program available to higher education institutions.

, with any questions.

Other ways to help your students get High Country News:

Educator Testimonials: 

"This has been a marvelous program for my students - I use stacks of HCN back issues to pass out in class to use as learning tools, but they actually are very interested in current issues of your paper. 
On a more personal/professional note - I can't imagine what my career in natural resource management and education would have been like without HCN these last 22 years. Your paper is one of my sources of staying current, and in fact, is a better source of information than many journals in my field. Thank you thank you..."

"HCN provides some of the most timely, insightful and broad-reaching analysis of a wide range of issues in the West. Thus, it is invaluable for introducing students to good writing, to this region, and for providing case studies to compare to local contexts."

"Having access to High Country News was an invaluable resource for my freshman students in our introductory Environment and Natural Resource Problems & Policies course here at the University of Wyoming. It allowed the students to have a consistent and reliable source of current ENR issues in the West, and also helped them discern different kinds of academic and popular sources, and examine issues from multiple perspectives. Using HCN allowed them to see that the approach we take in class--to use critical lenses and ask data-driven questions--is one that helps us all understand and consider solutions to complex issues in our homes, region, and world."

"The students in my Land Use in the American West class have to write-up three current event assignments as part of their final grade. They found the free HCNs extremely helpful and relevant. I heard from several of them that they also valued reading them purely for their own enjoyment and interest as well. Thank you!!"

Contact Our Classroom Manager to obtain your school promotional code. Provide students with the promotional code and send them to hcn.org/subscribe for either the print or digital subscriptions listed below.


  • Eight print issues (one semester) mailed directly to the home or dorm room
  • Full access to subscriber-only content on hcn.org
  • Full access to subscriber-only content on our HCN app, accessible on your computer, tablet or mobile phone. 


  • Easy access to HCN's stories, commentary and more without the paper, ink and postage.
  • Full access to subscriber-only content on hcn.org
  • Full access to subscriber-only content on our HCN app, accessible on your computer, tablet or mobile phone.