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June 2019

Lions, Coyotes, & Bears! Oh, My!

Jun 14, 2019
Free

What does it take to be a predator in Rocky Mountain National Park? Take a look through the eyes of these mysterious animals. Through adventures in various habitats, the creation of a handmade predator, and other fun activities, kids will learn all about the sneakiest animals in Rocky Mountain National Park and what it is like to walk in their paws. Meets at Trail River Ranch near Grand Lake

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East Across the Divide: A Trail Ridge Road Bus Adventure

Jun 15, 2019
$45.00 – $75.00

Rocky Mountain National Park holds breathtaking scenery, incredible wildlife viewing, and opportunities to connect with the past in this journey from west to east along Trail Ridge Road across the Continental Divide. Join a professional guide to explore some of the park’s history, flora, fauna, and geology along Trail Ridge Road from the comfort of a 14-passenger bus or 12-passenger van. Opportunities for pictures will be provided at many pull-off stops along the way, including the Holzwarth Historic Site, Milner…

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NEW! The Glacial & Geologic History of Rocky’s West Side

Jun 22, 2019
$72.00 – $80.00

In this course, participants will spend time in the field examining features of glacial and geological interest. The goal of this course is to provide both a general knowledge of the glacial and geologic history of the park’s west side as well as the thought processes and geologic tools used by geologists to decipher this history. We shall also find out that much remains to be learned about some of the geologic processes that shaped the geology and glaciology of…

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NEW! Colors of the Kawuneeche: Painting for All Levels

Jun 29, 2019
$72.00 – $80.00

It has been said that color is the “Heart and Soul” of a painting.  This one-day workshop focuses on the color of place as much more than we can see.  We will discuss our reaction to colors and the roles that color dominance, color change, painting warm-to-cool, intensity of color and the use of a limited palette affect the power of a painting.  Color becomes a powerful vehicle for taking the viewer on a journey through your painting.  Color can…

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July 2019

Birds of the Kawuneeche Valley

Jul 6, 2019
$72 – $80

Grand Lake Area Class This all-day birding excursion will begin with a brief indoor session followed by a day spent in the field within Rocky Mountain National Park. We will identify birds by sight and voice and learn about their natural history. This is prime time to find birds nesting, and we expect to locate woodpeckers, bluebirds, swallows and wrens at their cavity nests. We will break for lunch at a restaurant in Grand Lake and then resume our field…

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Who Pooped in the Woods? A Mammal Mystery

Jul 12, 2019
Free

Who doesn’t love a good mystery? This program will have kids solving real-life mysteries from start to finish. They will learn to recognize different animal signs like scat (a fancy word for poop) and tracks, and make a cast of an animal track to take home. Meets at Trail River Ranch near Grand Lake

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East Across the Divide: A Trail Ridge Road Bus Adventure

Jul 13, 2019
$45.00 – $75.00

Rocky Mountain National Park holds breathtaking scenery, incredible wildlife viewing, and opportunities to connect with the past in this journey from west to east along Trail Ridge Road across the Continental Divide. Join a professional guide to explore some of the park’s history, flora, fauna, and geology along Trail Ridge Road from the comfort of a 14-passenger bus or 12-passenger van. Opportunities for pictures will be provided at many pull-off stops along the way, including the Holzwarth Historic Site, Milner…

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Hummingbirds: Field Research West of the Divide

Jul 19, 2019
$54 – $60

Marking individual hummingbirds remains essential to assess population size, migration corridors and survival. Genetic and statistical analyses are complementing and expanding understanding of these important migratory pollinators. Learn about Rocky’s hummingbird populations and their habitats while observing field ornithologists as they safely capture and band these remarkable birds. Visit typical habitats, observe and identify types of food sources, and learn about factors influencing hummingbird survival. Meets at Trail River Ranch near Grand Lake Instructors: Tena & Fred Engelman

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Painting the Kawuneeche: Intermediate Watercolor Class

Jul 20 - Jul 21, 2019
$144 – $160

This two-day class will take you several steps beyond the basics to a deeper understanding of aerial perspective, linear perspective, simplifying shapes, linking values and more exciting compositional choices to challenge you and take your paintings to the next level. We will paint using the glorious Never Summer Mountains as a backdrop for our inspiration. Time will be spent developing the art of seeing abstractly for more dynamic and stronger compositions. Expect to work with analogous, complementary and discordant colors…

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What’s Hiding Underwater?

Jul 26, 2019
Free

Kids have a natural curiosity about water and want to examine living things up close.  Streams and ponds have an abundance of creatures living just below the surface and around the shoreline. Using hand lenses, kids will explore a stream and learn about some of the macroinvertebrates found in the shallow waters of the Big Thompson and Colorado Rivers. Fish biology will be explored, as well as evidence of larger animals and the role different organisms play in the food…

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NEW! Hike With a Naturalist: Lulu City

Jul 27, 2019
$45.00 – $50.00

Visit a former mining town within Rocky Mountain National Park as participants hike along a pleasant trail through open meadows and mixed pine forests.  Participants will have the opportunity to view the headwaters area of the Colorado River along with several historical sites including Shipler Cabin, Shipler Mine, and the site of Lulu City.  Both cultural and natural history will be emphasized on this moderate all-day hike. Meets at the Colorado River Trailhead Instructor: TBD

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August 2019

Bugs, Beetles & Butterflies: Tiny but Amazing Creatures of Rocky

Aug 9, 2019
Free

Bugs often are seen as annoying and gross, but they actually are quite extraordinary! They are able to lift impressive weights, fly great distances, and jump to astonishing heights. Learn the basics of our little bug friends through art and exploration as we capture bugs with nets, study them with magnifying glasses and create our own bugs to take home. Learn what bugs are and what they need to live; it may shock you to discover what our tiniest of…

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