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 2020

Estes Valley: History & Historic Sites

Jun 12, 2020
$80

This course will provide an overview of the region’s past by mixing brief lecture-and-discussion format with visits to historical sites of significance.  Site visits will range from an ancient Indian battlefield to early homesteads, from stately resorts to deserted cabins.  The course will examine numerous historical sites in the Estes Valley to discover the outlines of settlement and change.  This class is intended to be more than just an historical tour.  Participants are urged to sample the bibliography listed below…

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Lions, Coyotes, & Bears! Oh, My!

Jun 12, 2020
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! Boundaries, Borders, & Terrains: An Indigenous Telling of the Rockies

Jun 13, 2020
$80

Utilizing collective principles, natural reason and historicizing practices, this course brings understandings of Indigenous knowledge, engagements and values of land, landscapes and histories into a Native American framework and ethic. Meets at the Field Institute Instructor: Doreen Martinez

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Untangling the Mystery of RMNP Native Orchids

Jun 13, 2020
$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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Journey to the Top! A Trail Ridge Road Bus Adventure

Jun 14, 2020
$45 – $75

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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Journey to the Top! A Trail Ridge Road Bus Adventure

Jun 15, 2020
$45 – $75

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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Hidden Valley Nature Hunt: A Virtual Geocache Adventure

Jun 16, 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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Grand Lake Safari: An Educational Adventure by Bus

Jun 16, 2020
$55 – $95

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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Kids’ Art in the Park

Jun 17, 2020
Free

In this creative series, students can unleash their creative potentials through various art forms including painting, sketching, and crafting. These artistic activities will allow students to see the world through a new lens and discover that Nature is truly an artist. Each day will focus on a different art medium, offering a new perspective and skill set. Rocky Mountain National Park is one of our world’s most beautiful places, and this is an opportunity to take home your very own…

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Rocky Mountain Survivor: Kids’ Survival Basics!

Jun 17, 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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Journey to the Top! A Trail Ridge Road Bus Adventure

Jun 17, 2020
$45 – $75

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 18, 2020
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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