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June 2019

NEW! Wildlife of Rocky: An Educational Adventure by Bus

Jun 27, 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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Bugs, Beetles & Butterflies: Tiny but Amazing Creatures of Rocky

Jun 28, 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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Birding the Life Zones

Jun 29 - Jun 30, 2019
$144 – $160

Rocky Mountain National Park is a birder’s paradise during the nesting season. This two-day class will explore the various ecosystems (life zones) of the park to find 50-70 bird species. We will identify hawks, falcons, eagles, ducks, white-tailed ptarmigans, brown-capped rosy-finches, swifts, broad-tailed hummingbirds, swallows, tanagers, sparrows, warblers, American dippers, wrens, woodpeckers, owls, nuthatches, chickadees, kinglets, jays, common ravens and other corvids, and a number of other members of the area’s avifauna. We will discuss the natural history of both…

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July 2019

Kids’ Fly-fishing & Stream Ecology

Jul 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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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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NEW! Longs Peak Up-close

Jul 6, 2019
$72.00 – $80.00

Have you ever wondered about those who have explored and studied this unique and famous feature? Ever wondered about the character of Longs Peak itself?  Join Walt and Marlene Borneman for a day of intimately connecting with Longs Peak’s history, heritage and folklore - from geology to colorful characters.  Along the way, Marlene will point out various flora and fauna. Meets at the RMC Field Institute Instructor: Marlene & Walter Borneman

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Geology Rocks!

Jul 11, 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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NEW! Wildlife of Rocky: An Educational Adventure by Bus

Jul 11, 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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Lions, Coyotes, & Bears! Oh, My!

Jul 12, 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 Moraine Park Discovery Center

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NEW! Alpine Wildflowers: The Beauty & Resourcefulness of Life in Miniature

Jul 13, 2019
$72.00 – $80.00

Spend a day in the rugged environment of the alpine tundra and explore how life survives and thrives. Plants have adapted to these harsh conditions allowing for a lushness that begs to be seen and experienced up close. We will explore the ecosystem; specifically, how alpine plants adapt to extreme forces. The class is scheduled to make the most of the seasonal wildflower display. Come play up top in the crystalline air with spectacular views! Meets at the RMC Field…

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North American Bears: Ecology, Behavior & Evolution

Jul 13, 2019
$72 – $80

Bears are the iconic symbol of the American wilderness, and North America has three of the world’s eight species.  Historically, the park had two of the three – now only one. Learn the natural history of all three North American species – their evolution, behavior and habitat needs. Through illustrated classroom sessions and field trips, learn which areas of the park provide proper black bear habitat, what they eat, their population status and where to view and safely photograph North…

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Hummingbirds: Field Research East of the Divide

Jul 15, 2019
$54.00 – $60
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