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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July 2020

NEW! Diversity in Nature: Shapes & Sizes

Jul 3, 2020
Free

This young family friendly program will introduce infants and toddlers to the natural diversity found in Rocky Mountain National Park. Parents and guardians will join their infants and toddlers as they discover the different shapes and sizes of Rocky Mountain National Park plants and animals. Plants and animals are unique! What better way to explore their uniqueness than to look at their different shapes and sizes? Meets at the Hidden Valley Picnic Area

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Journey to the Top! A Trail Ridge Road Bus Adventure

Jul 5, 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

Jul 6, 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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Kids’ Map & Compass Exploration

Jul 7, 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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Grand Lake Safari: An Educational Adventure by Bus

Jul 7, 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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What’s Hiding Underwater?

Jul 8, 2020
Free

Kids have a natural curiosity about water and want to examine living things up close.  Streams and ponds have an abundance of creatures living just below the surface and around the shoreline. Using hand lenses, kids will explore a stream and learn about some of the macroinvertebrates found in the shallow waters of the Big Thompson and Colorado Rivers. Fish biology will be explored, as well as evidence of larger animals and the role different organisms play in the food…

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Journey to the Top! A Trail Ridge Road Bus Adventure

Jul 8, 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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NEW! Campfire Ghost Stories: Living History Tales of the West (“Squeaky” Bob Wheeler)

Jul 9, 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. Theodore Roosevelt was just one of many guests treated to the savory cooking, homespun…

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Geology Rocks!

Jul 9, 2020
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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Journey to the Top! A Trail Ridge Road Bus Adventure

Jul 9, 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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Wildlife of Rocky: An Educational Adventure by Bus

Jul 9, 2020
$25 – $50

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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Sunset Safari: An Educational Adventure by Bus

Jul 10, 2020
$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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