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July 2020

Rocky Mountain Survivor: Kids’ Survival Basics!

Jul 15, 2020
Free

Thunderstorms? Bears? Trails that lead to nowhere? Learn to prepare for whatever nature throws your way! Kids can learn the basics of outdoor survival, from what to pack for a hike to how to survive a night alone in the wilderness. Learn to make a fire and build a shelter from materials found outdoors. Meets at the Moraine Park Discovery Center

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Hummingbirds: Field Research West of the Divide

Jul 17, 2020
$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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Hummingbirds: Field Research East of the Divide

Jul 19, 2020
$60

Learn about Rocky’s hummingbird populations and their habitat while observing field ornithologists as they safely capture and band these remarkable birds. Marking individual birds remains essential to determine population size, migration corridors, and survivorship. Genetic and statistical analyses are complementing and expanding understanding of these important migratory pollinators. Class members will visit typical habitat, observe and identify types of food sources, and learn about factors influencing hummingbird survival. A classroom session following the field site visit will describe the hummingbird…

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Kids’ Map & Compass Exploration

Jul 21, 2020
Free

Introduce kids to how maps work, how to read a legend, and how to create their own map through a fun exploration of the surrounding environment. Using games and a navigational scavenger hunt, kids can discover the parts of a compass and useful mapping techniques. Kids will gain a basic understanding of navigation as well as develop the ability to plan a route and orienteer with or without a compass. Meets at Hidden Valley Picnic Area

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Hidden Valley Nature Hunt: A Virtual Geocache Adventure

Jul 28, 2020
Free

Using a GPS unit, discover the natural treasures of the Hidden Valley area. Follow the clues left in nature to uncover the hidden mysteries located in this subalpine ecosystem. This class is designed for children who want to spend time in Rocky Mountain National Park learning about nature while enjoying the adventure and fun of practicing a new skill. (This class is recommended for first-time geocachers.) Meets at Hidden Valley

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Kids’ Fly-fishing & Stream Ecology

Jul 31, 2020
$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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August 2020

Kids’ Map & Compass Exploration

Aug 4, 2020
Free

Introduce kids to how maps work, how to read a legend, and how to create their own map through a fun exploration of the surrounding environment. Using games and a navigational scavenger hunt, kids can discover the parts of a compass and useful mapping techniques. Kids will gain a basic understanding of navigation as well as develop the ability to plan a route and orienteer with or without a compass. Meets at Hidden Valley Picnic Area

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Rocky Mountain Survivor: Kids’ Survival Basics!

Aug 5, 2020
Free

Thunderstorms? Bears? Trails that lead to nowhere? Learn to prepare for whatever nature throws your way! IKids can learn the basics of outdoor survival, from what to pack for a hike to how to survive a night alone in the wilderness. Learn to make a fire and build a shelter from materials found outdoors. Meets at the Moraine Park Discovery Center

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NEW! Hike with a Naturalist: Ute Trail

Aug 15, 2020
$50

Participants will get to experience each life zone within Rocky Mountain National Park as they hike down from the tundra, along the historic Ute Trail, through pine forests into lush montane meadows. The focus of this hike will be on the cultural and natural history of the area including information on the Ute people who once called RMNP their home. Each life zone will bring new information and chances to view the plants and animals which inhabit these areas. Meets…

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NEW! Hike with a Naturalist: Lawn Lake

Aug 22, 2020
$50

Participants will follow the Roaring River up to Lawn Lake, site of the 1982 Lawn Lake flood, to view the lake in its now-natural state. Along the way, folks can see and learn about the history of the flood while contemplating the rich pine forests and stream ecosystems of the Park. At Lawn Lake, flanked by Mummy, Hagues, and Fairchild Mountains, participants will experience breathtaking views of 13,000 ft peaks surrounded by subalpine and alpine meadows. Occasionally one might view…

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NEW! Hike with a Naturalist: Mount Ida

Aug 29, 2020
$50

This hike on the western slope of Rocky Mountain National Park affords panoramic views of the Never Summer Mountains, Gorge Lakes, and both sides of the Continental Divide as participants traverse subalpine and tundra terrain to the top of Mount Ida. Possible sightings of bighorn sheep and elk can be enjoyed from the many lookout points along the way. Meets at Milner Pass Instructor: TBA

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September 2020

NEW! Hike with a Naturalist: Ouzel Lake

Sep 12, 2020
$50

Enjoy a pleasant hike through Wild Basin to Ouzel Lake. Walk along the beautiful North St. Vrain Creek, learn about the many plants that grow along the water’s edge, and visit impressive Calypso Cascades and Ouzel Falls. Learn how the land recovers from fire as you traverse through a 1978 fire burn site while savoring the splendor and wildness of Ouzel Lake. Meets at the Wild Basin Trailhead Instructor: TBA

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