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 2019

Geology Rocks!

Jul 11, 2019
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 11, 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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NEW! Wildlife of Rocky: An Educational Adventure by Bus

Jul 11, 2019
$25.00 – $50.00

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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Lions, Coyotes, & Bears! Oh, My!

Jul 12, 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 Moraine Park Discovery Center

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Who Pooped in the Woods? A Mammal Mystery

Jul 12, 2019
Free

Who doesn’t love a good mystery? This program will have kids solving real-life mysteries from start to finish. They will learn to recognize different animal signs like scat (a fancy word for poop) and tracks, and make a cast of an animal track to take home. Meets at Trail River Ranch near Grand Lake

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Sunset Safari: An Educational Adventure by Bus

Jul 12, 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

Jul 13, 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! Alpine Wildflowers: The Beauty & Resourcefulness of Life in Miniature

Jul 13, 2019
$72.00 – $80.00

Spend a day in the rugged environment of the alpine tundra and explore how life survives and thrives. Plants have adapted to these harsh conditions allowing for a lushness that begs to be seen and experienced up close. We will explore the ecosystem; specifically, how alpine plants adapt to extreme forces. The class is scheduled to make the most of the seasonal wildflower display. Come play up top in the crystalline air with spectacular views! Meets at the RMC Field…

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North American Bears: Ecology, Behavior & Evolution

Jul 13, 2019
$72 – $80

Bears are the iconic symbol of the American wilderness, and North America has three of the world’s eight species.  Historically, the park had two of the three – now only one. Learn the natural history of all three North American species – their evolution, behavior and habitat needs. Through illustrated classroom sessions and field trips, learn which areas of the park provide proper black bear habitat, what they eat, their population status and where to view and safely photograph North…

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Hummingbirds: Field Research East of the Divide

Jul 15, 2019
$54.00 – $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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Grand Lake Safari: An Educational Adventure by Bus

Jul 16, 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

Jul 16, 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 Valley

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