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!

Loading Events

Events Search and Views Navigation

Event Views Navigation

February 2019

Winter Ecology: A Snowshoeing Trek for Kids & Families

Feb 9, 2019
$10

Discover the serene beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park in the winter during this four-hour snowshoe hike. This fun and educational program will lead participants through snow-covered pine, spruce and fir forests to learn how plants and animals survive winter using unique adaptations and keen survival skills. Learn about the properties of snow, and get outside to enjoy it yourself! Children 13 and under are free!

Find out more »

Winter Ecology: A Snowshoeing Trek for Kids & Families

Feb 23, 2019
Free – $10

Discover the serene beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park in the winter during this four-hour snowshoe hike. This fun and educational program will lead participants through snow-covered pine, spruce and fir forests to learn how plants and animals survive winter using unique adaptations and keen survival skills. Learn about the properties of snow, and get outside to enjoy it yourself! Children 13 and under are free!

Find out more »

March 2019

Coyotes: The Song Dogs of the West

Mar 23, 2019
$72.00 – $80.00

Coyotes are among this country’s most successful and resourceful predators. Often misunderstood and maligned, the coyote has profound impact on our everyday life. Explore the natural history of North America’s second largest canine, Native American stories, coyote discovery by Lewis and Clark, and the animal’s expansion to the East. Examine the coyote’s anatomy and biology; then, head into Rocky Mountain National Park to explore coyote habitat, social structure and interactions. Learn how the coyote interacts with the ecosystem, its prey…

Find out more »

May 2019

North with the Spring: Bird Migration

May 3, 2019
$72 – $80

April in the high country is when we welcome back wildlife, such as birds, that have wintered in warmer climates. Ducks, shorebirds, warblers, swallows, flycatchers, sparrows, sapsuckers, bluebirds and many others return for the nesting season or stop to refuel before heading farther north. Explore several birding locations in and around Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park to identify as many species as possible by sight and sound while learning about each bird’s unique natural history. (CSM credit available)…

Find out more »

There’s More to This Place than Meets the Eye: 100 Years of Environmental Change in RMNP

May 3, 2019
$72 – $80

This course provides an overview of the history of environmental change in the park with an emphasis on human-caused change. Discuss the history of mining, water engineering, recreational development and tourism, atmospheric inputs of dust and nitrates, wildlife management, and climate change in the context of protecting and restoring natural environments within the park. Understand how past human activities influence contemporary ecosystems and options for management of natural resources within the park. (CSM credit available) Meets at the Field Institute…

Find out more »

Fire in Ecosystems: Friend or Foe

May 4, 2019
$72.00 – $80.00

Coming off of one of the worst fires seasons in the known history of the West, both managers and citizens are grappling with the complexity of how climate change may alter fire disturbance regimes. Is fire still a natural disturbance in these mountain forests? What relationship does fire have with other disturbances such as drought and bark beetle outbreaks? Explore the role of fire in mountain forest ecosystems, typical fire regimes, synergistic disturbances, and predicted changes with climate warming during…

Find out more »

NEW! Endangered Species of the Rockies: Evading Extinction

May 17, 2019
$72 – $80

Concerned about threatened or endangered species, and their preservation as part of our natural world? How do species come to be at the brink of extinction, and how can they be recovered? The answers lie in the landmark Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), the emerging science of conservation biology, and the resulting actions taken by scientists and citizens. Using examples of species occurring in Rocky Mountain National Park, this class will delve into these topics and their application in…

Find out more »

NEW! Owls of Rocky Mountain National Park

May 17, 2019
$72 – $80

Participants will explore Rocky Mountain National Park in search of 3-4 species of owls during the spring courtship and nesting season. Students will be listening for the vocalizations of northern pygmy, northern saw-whet, flammulated and great horned owls. The group will head into the field well before dark as pygmy owls are diurnal which provides a great opportunity to get great looks at this species. After dark participants will listen for the other species and hopefully locate a nesting pair…

Find out more »

NEW! Estes Valley: History & Historic Sites

May 18, 2019
$72 – $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…

Find out more »

Orienteering for Beginners: Map & Compass Basics in RMNP

May 18, 2019
$36 – $40

This course is intended for the recreational hiker who has little or no experience reading a topographic map or working with a compass. Learn about map sources, map vintage, next generation U.S. topo maps by U.S.G.S. and map symbology. Learn to read contour lines, recognize landforms, calculate percent and angle of slope and become familiar with compass components, compass bearings and correcting for magnetic declination. More topics include overland navigation via map and compass and triangulation. The class will combine…

Find out more »
+ Export Events