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Bettie Course: Stream Ecology & Fly Fishing
Oct 8 - Oct 9, 2022
This course is now full.
Ladies, are you ready to get your feet wet? Join us as we explore the streams and rivers of Rocky Mountain National Park! This two-day course focuses on water and stream ecology, as well as as introduction to fly fishing. This Bettie Course is offered especially for women and will be taught by Sarah of Rambling Ruby Rose, a local fly-fishing guide and outdoor education instructor.
Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9
8:00am – 3:00pm each day
Level II: Walking on relatively even terrain with light weight, many stops.
Mileage: 2 miles/day
Gear Needs: Backpack, layered clothing, sturdy shoes, water bottle, bag lunch (snacks will be provided)
All participants must have a valid Colorado State Fishing License to participate. Please purchase your license ahead of the course! You can purchase a license online from CO Parks & Wildlife here: CO Parks & Wildlife Licenses
Licenses can also be purchased in person from the following local businesses:
- Estes Angler LLC
- Estes Park Mountain Shop
- Kirks Mountain Adventures
- Lake Estes Marina
All fly-fishing gear will be supplied. Participants are also welcome to bring their own gear.
Bettie Courses come from the work of Beatrice “Bettie” Willard, who was a foundational instructor to Rocky Mountain Conservancy. Her research on Alpine Tundra ecology has been instrumental to mountain ecology, and her advocacy all throughout the state of Colorado has left a legacy for all women who value land stewardship and conservation. Standing in her shadow, Bettie Courses are offered through the Field Institute with a focus on accessible programs that introduce women and those that identify as women to the outdoors. Courses emphasize science, ecology, and building skills and confidence.
Registration scholarships and fishing license reimbursements may be available. Please contact carlie.bangs@rmconservancy to inquire.
To increase access to programs like this, please contact Carlie to ask about how YOU can support our scholarship program.