Why boulder?

What makes Boulder special? A plethora of mind-body-spirit connections and venues that satisfy the mind, ground the body, and enliven the spirit. This college town, with its diversity of spiritual gatherings, a leading-edge scientific community and a commitment to natural resource conservation, is the perfect home for FICS.

It is easy to embrace an active outdoor lifestyle in Boulder since it enjoys an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. Plan to take advantage of the 200 miles of public hiking and biking trails, and the approximately 43,000 acres of open space or the Boulder Creek Path, which runs through the middle of town.

What’s fun and soul-filling in Boulder:

  • Chautauqua Trail—Hike and view Boulder’s iconic Flatirons
  • Pearl Street Mall—Shops and restaurants abound
  • For foodies—Boulder’s Farmers Market (named #1 by USA Today) Wednesdays 4-8 PM, Saturdays 8 AM-2 PM
  • The arts—Visit more than 30 art galleries, 4 local museums, and 32 movie and stage theaters
  • Bike rentals—tour Boulder by bike on its extensive network of bike-friendly trails
  • Festivals for all tastes—Enjoy the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Music Festival and Chautauqua Summer Series
  • Best tea house and all around place to enjoy a meal with friends:
    Boulder Dushanbe Tea House


#1 “Education” – Forbes
#1 “America's Foodiest Town” – Bon Appetit magazine
#1 “The 10 Happiest Cities” – Moneywatch.bnet.com
#1 “Top Brainiest Cities” – Portfolio.com
#1 “Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index” – USA Today
#1 “Best Cities to Raise an Outdoor Kid – No. 1 – Backpacker Magazine
#1 “America's Top 25 Towns to Live Well” – Forbes.com
#1 “Lesser-Known LGBT Family-Friendly Cities” – Wearegoodkin.com
#4 “Ten Best Cities for the Next Decade” – Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine
#6 “Top 10 Healthiest Cities to Live and Retire” – AARP magazine
#8 “Top 10 Cities for Artists” – Business Week

Boulder’s vast scientific presence includes these research facilities amongst a variety of educational groups:

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Does anyone really know what time it is? NIST does!

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Learn more about visiting and enjoying Boulder here: