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. Call us at 970-586-3262 to book your adventure!

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June 2019

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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Grand Lake Safari: An Educational Adventure by Bus

Jun 11, 2019
$55.00 – $95.00

Rocky Mountain National Park contains breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife viewing, and opportunities to connect with the past along Trail Ridge Road, the awe-inspiring byway across the Continental Divide. Participants will receive a unique overview of the park’s history, flora, fauna and geology while viewing landscapes from the comfort of a 14–passenger mini–bus or 12–passenger van. Stops include Rainbow Curve, the Alpine Visitor Center, Milner Pass, Holzwarth Historic Site, and the historic town of Grand Lake. Both lunch and entrance into…

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Journey to the Top! A Trail Ridge Road Bus Adventure

Jun 12, 2019
$45.00 – $75.00

One of the premier attractions of Rocky Mountain National Park is Trail Ridge Road, the nation’s highest continuous paved highway. Trail Ridge Road meanders through various life zones on its way through the park and over one of the largest, most pristine stretches of alpine tundra in the lower 48 states. Participants receive a unique overview of the park’s history, flora, fauna and geology while viewing landscapes from the comfort of a 14–passenger mini-bus or 12–passenger van, with opportunities for…

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Campfire Ghost Stories: Living History Tales of the West (Iron Thumb)

Jun 13, 2019
Free – $15

People from the past come to life in this hour-long presentation about the history and adventures of several past residents and visitors to the Estes Valley.  Join these characters as they recount tales of humor, exploration and danger; learn what life was like for them during their stay in and around Rocky Mountain National Park.  Time for campfire questions and roasting marshmallows will follow the presentation. Iron Thumb is a fictitious character representation of a 19th century fur trapper of…

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Journey to the Top! A Trail Ridge Road Bus Adventure

Jun 13, 2019
$45.00 – $75.00

One of the premier attractions of Rocky Mountain National Park is Trail Ridge Road, the nation’s highest continuous paved highway. Trail Ridge Road meanders through various life zones on its way through the park and over one of the largest, most pristine stretches of alpine tundra in the lower 48 states. Participants receive a unique overview of the park’s history, flora, fauna and geology while viewing landscapes from the comfort of a 14–passenger mini-bus or 12–passenger van, with opportunities for…

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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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Sunset Safari: An Educational Adventure by Bus

Jun 14, 2019
$25 – $50

Take a sunset safari over Trail Ridge Road to experience the changing light, active wildlife, and the calmness of dusk with an ascent in elevation from 7,522 feet in Estes Park to more than 12,090 feet. Along the way, a professional education guide will lead interpretive walks and talks to discuss geology, flora, fauna and the cultural history of Rocky at a number of pullouts, before arriving at Rock Cut to view the sunset over the Never Summer Mountains. Participants…

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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! “Uppity” Women of the Rockies

Jun 15, 2019
$72.00 – $80.00

The area in and around what is now Rocky Mountain National Park has had a long history of “uppity women” who had the spunk and initiative to connect with the mountains on their own as botanists, homesteaders, mountain climbers, etc. Join us to learn more about these unique individuals, and visit the sites and homes where they made their mark. Meets at the RMC Field Institute Instructor: Jan Robertson

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Grand Lake Safari: An Educational Adventure by Bus

Jun 18, 2019
$55.00 – $95.00

Rocky Mountain National Park contains breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife viewing, and opportunities to connect with the past along Trail Ridge Road, the awe-inspiring byway across the Continental Divide. Participants will receive a unique overview of the park’s history, flora, fauna and geology while viewing landscapes from the comfort of a 14–passenger mini–bus or 12–passenger van. Stops include Rainbow Curve, the Alpine Visitor Center, Milner Pass, Holzwarth Historic Site, and the historic town of Grand Lake. Both lunch and entrance into…

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Hidden Valley Nature Hunt: A Virtual Geocache Adventure

Jun 18, 2019
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 kids and parents 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 Valleynat

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Journey to the Top! A Trail Ridge Road Bus Adventure

Jun 19, 2019
$45.00 – $75.00

One of the premier attractions of Rocky Mountain National Park is Trail Ridge Road, the nation’s highest continuous paved highway. Trail Ridge Road meanders through various life zones on its way through the park and over one of the largest, most pristine stretches of alpine tundra in the lower 48 states. Participants receive a unique overview of the park’s history, flora, fauna and geology while viewing landscapes from the comfort of a 14–passenger mini-bus or 12–passenger van, with opportunities for…

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