Winter Ecology: A Snowshoeing Trek for Kids & Families - Wild Basin, RMNP

Join instructor, Olson Fellow, for an Winter Ecology educational field seminar snow shoe event sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Nature Association at Wild Basin in Rocky Mountain National Park. Call[masked] to register, first come, first serve. Fee for the field seminar is $10.00/person. The RMNP entrance fee is $20/vehicle.

Course Level: III

Moderate hikes of less than five miles per day with elevation gain of less than 1,000 feet

Elevation for this course will be approximately 10,000 feet. Significant time will be spent outdoors in winter conditions. Dress in layers and be prepared for winter weather conditions that may vary greatly and change abruptly.

Location: Wild Basin winter parking area. The Wild Basin entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park is on the east side of the Continental Divide between Meeker Park and Allenspark. Turn west on to Wild Basin Road from Colorado Highway 7, about 13 miles south of Estes Park or 2 miles north of Allenspark. Continue west to the

Copeland Lake area, roughly one-half mile from Highway 7. The winter parking area is about another one-half mile beyond Copeland Lake on a narrow gravel road, across from horse hitch-racks.

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Course Description:

Discover the serene beauty of RMNP in the wintertime on this four-hour snowshoe hike. This fun and educational program will lead you through snow-covered pine, spruce, and fir trees to learn how plants and animals survive wintertime using their unique adaptations and keen survival skills. Also, learn more about the properties of snow and how it can help the inhabitants of an area survive the long winter months.

Expectations: Professional conduct will be expected from participants at all times. Individual ideas will be respected. Except during course breaks, cellular phones, pagers, and personal entertainment devices are strictly prohibited in the classroom and during field sessions.

Tentative Course Schedule:

9:00 AM Meet at parking area: introductions and expectations
9:15 AM Begin hike.
11:30 AM Lunch break
Noon Continue hike.
1:00 PM Arrive back at parking lot.

What to Bring:

· Sack lunch, snacks, WATER
· Sunglasses
· DRESS WARMLY AND IN LAYERS. WEAR APPROPRIATE FOOTWEAR.
· Binocular (optional)
· Adult snowshoes (If you need suggestions for Estes Park locations that rent snowshoes, please call[masked]-3262.)

Remember to Bring the 10 Essentials:
Rocky Mountain National Park recommends that hikers always carry the 10 essentials in their daypacks.

Raingear Map and compass Flashlight or headlamp
Sunglasses and sunscreen Candles Matches or other fire starter
Pocketknife First-aid kit
Extra layers of clothing
Sack lunch, snacks, water

Note: Rocky Mountain Field Seminars recommends that participants for all courses dress in layers and wear comfortable, sturdy hiking boots/shoes. Participants should be prepared for sudden changes in temperature and weather conditions.

To get to the Wild Basin parking lot in time for the 9:00AM field seminar, we will leave from the Westminster RTD park & ride (highway 36 and Sheridan on the four story garage side) no later than 7:00AM.

Call me at[masked] if you are late for the Westminster park & ride and pass on directions to Wild Basin or I could email you direction in advance of the Saturday activity.

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  • Aona J.

    Good Morning Winston. Ecology Snowshoe Trek cancelled this morning due to difficul travel conditions that are developing. Give me a call Monday and I will give you the details for refund or to set up a private activity for our group. Going out now to play in the snow. Get better soon! Aj

    March 9, 2013

    • Winston W.

      That's good hear about the cancelation. They ask me if I could do the March 23rd snowshoe tour, which I cannot on that day. I'm still lied up in bed today, which means I cannot make it to the Fly Fishing Film tour. Hopefully we can work out another day with the Rocky Mountain Nature Association.

      March 9, 2013

    • Winston W.

      Aona, I'm thinking doing the March 23rd Ecology snowshoe trek. To do that day, I'll have to shuffle the GPS Adventures from March 23rd to April 6th.

      March 9, 2013

  • Vanessa B.

    Other Urgent plans

    March 8, 2013

  • Carolyne S.

    my girlfriends are taking me to brunch to celebrate my birthday

    March 3, 2013

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