Field Trips for Adults!
Our Field Institute classes are field-based, hands-on learning experiences taught by experts in the field. A wide range of topics are available, including wildflowers, mammals, birds, cultural history, outdoor skills, photography, painting and writing. Our catalog of courses for 2023 will be available February 2023!
Seminar Courses and Ecology Tours
Seminar courses and programs are limited during the winter months, however custom Field Institute courses and bus tours are available. Call (970)586-3262 for more information.
Be on the lookout for our digital Field Institute course catalog, coming in early 2023!
New and Exciting Initiatives
We are excited to offer new and exciting courses for our community and members. Beginning this fall, Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Institute began offering Bettie Courses. These courses are named after Dr. Beatrice “Bettie” Willard, who inspired the educational seminars in the park and was one of the first instructors of the Field Institute programs. Bettie initiated some of the first alpine environment research in the early 60s, and focused her research on the tundra in Rocky Mountain National Park. Her research ultimately was instrumental to mountain ecology and management of the tundra in RMNP, and her land protection advocacy throughout the state of Colorado left a legacy for all women who value land stewardship and conservation. To honor and recognize this remarkable woman, these Bettie Courses were created to encourage women, and those that identify as women, to learn about conservation efforts and get outside.
In honor of Jan Robertson, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy board has created a scholarship fund to assist these programs. Jan Robertson served on the Rocky Mountain Conservancy board for 20 years and retired from her service in October 2022. She first toddled in Rocky Mountain National Park 80 years ago. Since then, often with her husband, she’s hiked, skied, climbed and backpacked in it so often that it’s her home. In the early decades, she saw almost no outdoor women going manless. In 1990, her book, Magnificent Mountain Women came out, documenting the many women who had connected with the mountains in meaningful ways. While exploring Rocky or climbing all of Colorado’s 14ers or hiking the 460-mile-long Colorado Trail in 1988, when it was dedicated, she almost never saw people of color. These days, while she sees a few more, they certainly aren’t visiting the park in numbers that reflect their populations. Encouraging minorities is one of her primary goals while serving on the Conservancy board, as is another equally important issue in this park: helping to find solutions to the high-volume visitor-use problems now facing this small national park.
It is our honor to dedicate these initiatives to the work these devoted women began.
Education and Outreach
Through partnerships with local organizations, corporations, and aligned members of the community, Rocky Mountain Conservancy works to fulfill its mission promote stewardship of Rocky Mountain National Park and similar lands through education and philanthropy. It is our goal to connect individuals with our majestic public lands by increasing access through programming.