Summer is the perfect time to introduce your children or grand-children to the joys of nature through the Rocky Mountain Nature Association Field Seminars Program. RMNA offers kids and family programming throughout the year on topics including wildlife, photography, hiking, geocaching and more! See below for more information on these engaging and fun classes for youth and families. Call us at[masked] to register or visit www.rmna.org.
July 9, 23; August 6 $10 per child ages 9-13
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 sub-alpine 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.)
July 10, 17, 24, 31 $15 per child ages 6-9
Children will learn about nature through various forms of art. Activities will include learning to view art in nature (leaves, butterflies, cones, rocks, lichen, etc.) and to express appreciation of nature through sketching, painting and making collages and sculptures. Children will be inspired by learning and creating in Rocky Mountain National Park.
July 11, 18 $10 per adult/child, children 5 and under FREE
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.
July 11, 25 $10 per child ages 7-12
Who doesn’t love a good mystery? Who Pooped in the Woods will have you solving real-life mysteries from start to finish. You’ll learn how to recognize different animal signs like scat (a fancy word for “poop”) and tracks, and you’ll get to take home your very own cast of an animal track!
July 13 (Cub Lake), 27 (Gem Lake); August 17 (Emerald Lake) $10 per child ages 7-15
The Trailblazers Hiking Series gives kids a chance to hike to four different and beautiful locations in Rocky Mountain National Park. Along with a guide, kids will look for evidence of animals, identify plants and flowers, and learn about the wonderful sport of hiking! All trailblazers will receive trailblazer passports (optional) to record details of the trip, and at the completion of each hike, will receive trail patches they can proudly wear on their backpacks or clothing, or keep to decorate their rooms!
July 16, 30; August 13 $10 per child ages 9-13
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.)
July 18; August 1 $15 per child ages 7-12
Sharing photographs and stories is a great way to tell others about a fun and exciting vacation. This photo-journaling adventure will combine the art of taking photos with writing about time spent in Rocky Mountain National Park to create a journal that will last a lifetime. Kids will stroll along the Big Thompson River for inspiration then capture images which may include wildlife and beautiful scenery. Afterwards, kids can find a quiet spot to reflect on all the fun they have had and to write down their thoughts. Journals will be provided, and participants can use the journal on future trips as well!
July 20; August 10 $10 per child ages 8-12
Kids have a natural curiosity about water and want to see living things up close.
Eight-to-twelve-year olds will be able to explore some of the microscopic organisms in the shallow waters of the Sprague Lake shoreline by using a microscope and hand lenses.
We’ll collect water samples and put them in a white pan which will make it easier to see what we found. We will talk about the role the different organisms play in the food web. Bugs, worms, algae, and snails are just a few of the things that may be found in the water along with some very small creatures such as amoeba, euglena and paramecium.
NEW! Friends of RMNA Jr. Ranger Hike
July 27; August 17 FREE to kids of members, donors, or seminar participants ages 14 or younger
Join a Rocky Mountain National Park ranger and Rocky Mountain Nature Association guide as they lead children on a 2 hour program which includes activities listed in the Jr. Ranger handbooks such as wildlife and plant identification, hiking, and skills based activities. Handbooks will be available at the site with badges given out at the end of the program to participants who complete their book.
Don't forget the bus tours!
Bus tours are another great family activity that participants of all ages will enjoy.
Every Tuesday through the first week in September
$95 per adult, $55 per child age 12 and under
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.
Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday through the first week in September
$65 per adult, $35 per child age 12 and under
The premier attraction of Rocky Mountain National Park is the scenic and breathtaking byway named Trail Ridge Road. As the nation’s highest continuous paved highway, this 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 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, with opportunity for taking pictures at the many pull-off stops along the way. Some of the more notable features guests will visit are the Alluvial Fan, Rainbow Curve, Milner Pass (Continental Divide), and the Alpine Visitor Center. Both lunch and admission into Rocky Mountain National Park are included in the registration fee.