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June Centennial Celebration Classes

Rocky Mountain Conservancy, right across the street from Boulder Brook, is an amazing resource for everyone.  Appropriate and engaging classes for Families, kids, and professionals seeking qualifying credit will find a superb variety of fun, interesting, and educational classes and adventures.  Here is the June Centennial Celebration Line up:

 

YOUTH & FAMILY

 

Art Adventures with Kristen Mosier Hill – June 17, 24  –  $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. ♦♦  Meets at Lily Lake

 

Campfire Ghost Stories:  Living History Tales of the West – Jan Manning (Iron Thumb)     June 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. ♦  Meets at Disco Center  Amphitheater  *** Iron Thumb is a fictitious character representation of a 19th century fur trapper in the West.  Participants will hear tales of hunting beaver, view what historical figures wore, and see the tools they used to get their jobs done.

 

Campfire Ghost Stories:  Living History Tales of the West – Sue Langdon (Isabella Bird)     June 25   $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.  ♦  Meets at Disco Center Amphitheatre   *** Throughout her life, Englishwoman Isabella Bird did something women of her time would rarely consider or be allowed to do—traveled the world by herself.  During the 1870’s, her journeys brought her to the West to find “the most beautiful place in all of the Americas” –Estes Park.  She ascended Longs Peak with the notorious Rocky Mountain Jim as her guide. Her delightful tales of travel and adventures which usually included surviving great perils made her a favorite author of travel articles and books.

 

NATURAL HISTORY

 

100 Years, 100 Flowers: Wildflowers of RMNP  –  Leanne Benton     June 27-28     $140 per adult for both days or $80 for each day  Explore the wonder and diversity of the park’s wildflowers with a former Rocky Mountain National Park interpretive naturalist. The park’s vertical topography allows for a variety of habitats; this class will search out lush wildflower displays from montane meadows to high alpine ridges. Get up close with the mountain flora to discover their adaptations for survival and interesting stories behind their beautiful faces.  Hone identification techniques and gain confidence using a flower key. Day 1: montane and subalpine wildflowers. Day 2: alpine wildflowers.  ♦♦ CSM credit available Meets at FI

 

CULTURAL

 

Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years —Mary Taylor Young     June 27-28     $140 per adult   Cover a billion years of park history… in a weekend! Roam the park with Mary Taylor Young, author of the park’s centennial history Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years. Discover traces of park history that lie beneath the surface and off the beaten path. See billion-year-old rocks, a game drive wall used by prehistoric hunters, Apache Fort, site of an early Indian battle, and the location of the 1915 Dedication Ceremony. Discover the “phantom” Big Thompson River park entrance and old entrance road. Explore early ranches, the remnant of a guest lodge, the site of the park’s ski area, and a 1930s CCC camp. Witness the changes floods in two different centuries have left on the park. ♦♦♦ CSM credit available Meets at FI

 

HIKING AND SKILL BUILDING

 

Technology of Your Ancestors: Primitive Survival Skills — Doug Hill     June 6     $70 per adult  Every person alive descended from ancestors surviving – and thriving! – in the Stone Age.  More than 99% of our time as a species was spent in the Stone Age.  Explore how the three innovations of creating fire, a sharp edge, and cordage from plant fibers changed the world forever.  Through an overview of the peopling of the Earth, we’ll learn how these innovations look in the archaeological record of Colorado.  Then we’ll create fire, stone tools, and cordage for ourselves.  ♦♦ Meets at FI

 

For more information or to register for a class call 970-586-3262 or go to www.RMConservancy.org and click on the learn with us tab.