The Rocky Mountain Conservancy-Field Institute offers a wide range of scheduled learning adventures for all ages.  From hiking to bus tours, our premier educational experiences have something to offer for everyone. Can’t take a class or tour on a day that we have scheduled? The Rocky Mountain Conservancy-Field Institute offers a variety of classes and tours at your convenience, based on days you have available to explore. Flexible scheduling is available for most classes and tours, so check out the list of options below for ideas about customizing your educational experience. Please note: The Field Institute and educational bus tour programs have been suspended through 2021.

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September 2022

Edible & Medicinal Plants of RMNP

Sep 9, 2022

Limited Fall Learning Opportunity Spend the day exploring the flora of the park with a retired RMNP interpretive ranger, Leanne Benton. Not only are the plants diverse and beautiful, many have served as the grocery store and pharmacy for earlier people and are still used today. We will focus on these edible and medicinal species with discussions on plant identification, current and historic usage as food and medicine, preparation techniques, using plants safely, and ethical harvesting and conservation, plus some…

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October 2022

Climbing the Thumb

Oct 1, 2022

The Thumb Open Space was recently created in partnership between the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Town of Estes Park, Estes Valley Land Trust, Access Fund, and Rocky Mountain Conservancy. Join KMAC guides in an introductory climbing course. All skill levels are encouraged to attend with a focus on enjoyment and trying new things. One day course includes lunch! Course will meet at the Thumb Open Space parking area on Peak View Drive, in Estes Park, CO. Level III: Choose your…

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Fall Color Photography

Oct 8 - Oct 9, 2022

Limited Fall Learning Opportunity This hybrid course is designed for beginner and intermediate photographers. It will include an online orientation and introduction through Zoom, and a full day of photography at several locations throughout Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy the changing fall colors while learning creative controls on your camera or smartphone, as well as basic and more advanced photographic composition. Friday, October 7 6:30-9:00 pm Virtual Zoom Saturday, October 8 7:30 am- 8:00 pm (with a midday break) Begins…

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Stream Ecology & Fly Fishing

Oct 8 - Oct 9, 2022

This course will be offered as a two-day course focused on water and stream ecology, as well introduction to fly fishing. This course will be taught by Sarah of Rambling Ruby Rose, a local fly-fishing guide and outdoor education instructor. Level II: Walking on relatively even terrain with light weight, many stops. Mileage: 2 miles/day Gear Needs: Backpack, layered clothing, water bottle, lunch (snacks will be provided)             Bettie Courses Bettie Courses come from the…

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