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May 2019

Birds at Twilight

May 23, 2019
$36 – $40

Twilight marks the transition time when nocturnal birds become active. While many daytime species still can be located, Wilson’s snipes, owls, common nighthawks and common poorwills start their nightshift hunting at dusk. Explore the haunts of these elusive birds, and discuss their natural history and ecology as we visit, search and listen. Meets at the Field Institute Instructor: Jeff Maugans

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June 2019

NEW! Early Wildflowers of RMNP

Jun 1, 2019
$72.00 – $80.00

Some of the park’s early blooms are the loveliest, from tiny alpine forget-me-nots to colorful Calypso orchids. Search out these beauties with former Rocky Mountain National Park interpretive naturalist Leanne Benton as we explore from high alpine ridges to lower montane meadows depending on what is blooming. Participants will get up-close with the mountain flora to discover their adaptations for survival and interesting stories behind their beautiful faces.  Identification techniques will be honed, and participants will gain confidence using a…

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NEW! North American Eagles

Jun 1, 2019
$72.00 – $80.00

Colorado has both North American eagle species, as does Rocky Mountain National Park. The evolution, ecology, behavior, anatomy and population status of both the bald and the golden will be discussed using a highly professional illustrated lecture.  In addition, a beautiful live female golden eagle, with a 7’ wing span, will be used to reinforce the lecture’s content. After lunch, we will travel to nearby nests to see what kind of habitat is needed for reproduction. We will drive as…

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Kids’ Fly-fishing & Stream Ecology

Jun 5, 2019
$25

Fly-fishing is a sport that dates back centuries, and it draws beginners and seasoned anglers alike to Rocky Mountain National Park. Kids have a unique opportunity here to learn what fly-fishing is about — what lives in the riparian ecosystem, the aquatic food web, fly-casting techniques — and, finally, to dip their lines. (All fly-fishing gear will be provided.)  Entrance into Rocky Mountain National Park is included in the registration fee. Ask for details when you register. Meets at Moraine…

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Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Rockies: Plants for Hunger & Health

Jun 7, 2019
$72.00 – $80.00

Explore the flora of the park with a former RMNP interpretive ranger and Master Herbalist. Focus on plants that have been used historically as food and medicine and those in current use by Native American tribes. Herbal remedies based on popular traditions, herbal lore and cultural customs will be complemented with knowledge of therapeutic value discovered by scientists for a holistic portrayal of medicinal plants found in the Rocky Mountains. Discover the edible plants, their pharmacology, identification, conservation and ethics…

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NEW! Untangling the Mystery of RMNP Native Orchids

Jun 8, 2019
$72.00 – $80.00

What is an orchid? The orchid family (Orchidaceae) is the largest family of flowering plants, about 35,000 species. Surprisingly there are about 26 species native to Colorado with many growing in the montane and subalpine zones of RMNP. Our day includes learning the characteristics of the orchid family, orchid terminology, their symbiotic relationship to other plants, history of uses, and looking at specific orchid species found in RMNP. We will see how many species we can find and identify in…

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Rocky Mountain National Park Butterflies: East of the Divide

Jun 8, 2019
$72 – $80

Butterflies are easily observed in every life zone of Rocky Mountain National Park. Learn basic butterfly biology, behavior and identification. In the field, visit several different habitats on the east slope of the park to search for summer species, such as pale swallowtail, blues, several fritillaries, hoary comma and Weidemeyer’s admiral. Learn to identify these species, and also discuss their life histories and ecology, host-plant associations and conservation concerns. Observation will rely on binoculars and digital photography; however, the instructor…

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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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NEW! Wildlife of Rocky: An Educational Adventure by Bus

Jun 20, 2019
$25.00 – $50.00

Whether you’re gazing skyward through conifer branches or peering down into valleys below, Rocky Mountain National Park is a beautiful and curious place teeming with wild life. Often when visiting the mountains, we allow ourselves to be swept up by the high-country views and forget about the inhabitants that make this area so unique. In Wildlife of Rocky, join our naturalist-guide on a 14-passenger mini-bus or 12-passenger van as we seek out the critters of Rocky Mountain National Park, both…

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Kids’ Fly-fishing & Stream Ecology

Jun 21, 2019
$25

Fly-fishing is a sport that dates back centuries, and it draws beginners and seasoned anglers alike to Rocky Mountain National Park. Kids have a unique opportunity here to learn what fly-fishing is about — what lives in the riparian ecosystem, the aquatic food web, fly-casting techniques — and, finally, to dip their lines. (All fly-fishing gear will be provided.)  Entrance into Rocky Mountain National Park is included in the registration fee. Ask for details when you register. Meets at Moraine…

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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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Geology Rocks!

Jun 27, 2019
Free

Discover what puts the “rock” in Rocky Mountain National Park during this geologic adventure.  When visiting Rocky, folks routinely drive by, walk on or overlook hundreds of different kinds of rocks scattered throughout the landscape. Take a closer look at these cool rocks, and discover their origins and how to identify specific rocks and minerals in the park. Explore the Alluvial Fan, one of the most recognizable geologic landforms within the park, and create your own pieces of geologic history…

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