June Field Classes, Bus Tours, and Kids Programs with RMNA

From: Greg W.
Sent on: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 6:41 PM

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The month of June brings a variety of fun and educational classes to the field with the Rocky Mountain Nature Association Field Seminar Program.  History, wildlife, bus tours, and photography are just a few of this month's topics covered by professional guides and instructors.  For a complete listing of courses please visit www.rmna.org and click on the seminars/calendar tab or call[masked]-3262.  For a sampling of what we offer, read on to find your perfect class today!
 
Life’s pageant includes a host of creatures that are magnificent not for their great size or their exquisite color but simply for the manner in which they live.  We know and accept that animals eat plants and fungi, but how remarkable are the plants and fungi that prey on animals!?  “13 Creatures” is all about looking for and enjoying those things that live life, as Thoreau would say, according to their own drummers.
 
Rocky Mountain National Park contains breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife viewing, and opportunities to connect with the past as you travel across Trail Ridge Road, the scenic and awe-inspiring byway across the Continental Divide.  Participants will receive a unique overview of the Park’s history, flora, fauna, and geology while viewing passed landscapes from the comfort of a 14-passenger van. Opportunity for taking pictures will be provided at the many pull-off stops along the way such as the Alluvial Fan, Rainbow Curve, Alpine Visitor Center, Milner Pass (Continental Divide), *Holzwarth Historic Site, and the historic town of Grand Lake.  Both lunch and admission into Rocky Mountain National Park are included in the registration fee.
*Stops for Grand Lake tour only.
 
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 provided.
 
Using a GPS unit, participants will discover the natural treasures found around a historically and ecologically significant area in Rocky Mountain National Park called the Alluvial Fan.  Kids will learn how this landscape is recovering from the Lawn Lake Flood of 1982,  experience the adventure and fun of using a GPS unit to find hidden clues along the trail, and gain knowledge about the plants and animals that call RMNP home. (This class is recommended for first-time geocachers.)
 
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.
 
Join naturalist Kevin Cook as he explores the diversity of Rocky Mountain National Park’s wildflowers.  Each week will focus on a different family, learning identification skills, unique characteristics, life cycles, and interesting facts about common and not-so-common species found in the area. 
PO Box 3100 / 48 Alpine Circle | Estes Park, CO 80517 US

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