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July seminars and Tours with the Rocky Mountain Nature Association

From: Greg W.
Sent on: Thursday, June 21, 2012 1:01 PM

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The month of July offers more opportunities to connect with Rocky Mountain National Park and the Rocky Mountain Nature Association through learning!  Bus tours, wildlife programs, photography classes and more continue with expert instructors in the field.  These classes are a great way to earn teacher re-licensure credit or just expand your knowledge base of this beautiful area.  Call us today at[masked] to learn more about these and our other exciting educational adventures!
 
Bears are the iconic symbol of the American wilderness.  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.  With illustrated classroom sessions and field trips, you will learn which areas of the Park provide proper black bear habitat, what they eat and their population status.  In addition, instruction as to where to view and safely photograph North American bears will be provided.
 
Using a GPS unit, discover the natural treasures along the Lily Lake trail. 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.
 
Exotic invasive plants have the capability of displacing native plants and wildlife, altering fire regimes, and forming monocultures upon public lands. Spend the morning discussing the challenges associated with controlling these plants, how to identify some of the more common problem species, control methods, and other factors that enable these plants to be introduced into an area.  The afternoon will be devoted to time spent in the field assisting Park biologists with removal of these non-native plants from areas within Rocky Mountain National Park. 
 
Besides having a spectacular landscape, Rocky Mountain National Park is home to many ecosystems typical of the Southern Rocky Mountains. In this seminar, we will explore some of these ecosystems, examining their dominant plants and typical wildlife species. We will also discuss key biological, geological, and climatic processes that, over time, have formed and characterize each ecosystem type. We will visit sunny mountain meadows and shrub lands, moist riparian ecosystems, and a variety of forest habitats. Trail Ridge Road makes some of the best examples of alpine tundra in the Southern Rocky Mountains easily available, and we will explore this ecosystem as well. 
 
Photography as we knew it – films, processing labs, ordering prints, etc. – has raced into a whole new world!  The “digital revolution” has overtaken all things photographic.  Digital cameras are now the norm and have become increasingly feature-rich, user-friendly and affordable.  They can also be intimidating and confusing to beginning photographers.  Learn how to get the best pictures possible with your digital camera, and what to look for in new digital cameras to meet your photography needs.  This is a hands-on, interactive workshop emphasizing digital photography in the field, not on the computer.  If you are new to digital photography, or are planning to take the plunge, this workshop is for you.
 
This course is geared toward the recreational traveler who has little or no experience using a GPS and the GPS owner who would like to gain a greater understanding of his/her GPS.  Emphasis will be placed on using the receiver with a topographic map. Topics to be covered include: demystifying grids and datum, plotting waypoints at home and in the field, use of GPS with U.S.G.S. topographic maps, and various GPS functions and limitations of the GPS.  All material is provided, and GPS receivers will be available for loan.  An understanding of U.S.G.S. topographic maps is helpful, but is not required. A half-day exercise in Rocky Mountain National Park will be conducted in the morning or afternoon, depending upon weather.   Participants will ultimately have the knowledge to navigate in the backcountry with greater confidence. 
 
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 Grand Lake area to discover the outlines of settlement and change.  This seminar is intended to be more than just an historical tour.  Lunch on the first day will be included at the Grand Lake Lodge.
PO Box 3100 / 48 Alpine Circle | Estes Park, CO 80517 US



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