Rocky Mountain Conservancy

Field Institute

Rocky Mountain Conservancy is a non-profit organization partnering with the National Park Service in providing educational seminars, research, and stewardship for more than 75 years.  The RMConservancy Field Institute offers direct access to Rocky Mountain National Park and hands-on field opportunities with talented instructors.  Most seminars include lectures and field trips that enable participants to experience the Park as a classroom without walls.  When hiking is involved, because of the high altitude and variable weather, participants should be in good health and arrive equipped for sudden weather changes.

Seminars cover a wide range of topics including photography, art and writing, natural history, cultural history, and skill building.  Youth and family seminars are designed especially to appeal to the Park's young visitors with topics like treasure hunts, geo-caching adventure, art adventures, ghost stories, fly-fishing and stream ecology, and more.  Seminars run January - October, with the majority during June - September.  Seminars are reasonably priced.

Winter Seminars (call 970-586-3262 to register)  All classes for adults only, unless otherwise noted :

  • Jan 16 : Avalanche Awareness & Outdoor Safety in Winter (Eli Helmuth)
  • Jan 24, Feb 7 & 14, Mar 7 & 21 : Winter Ecology - A Snowshoeing Trek for Kids & Families, all ages (Olson Fellow)
  • Feb 27 - Mar 1 : Light & Snow - Winter Photography (Glenn Randall)
  • Feb 28 : Winter Survival Skills (Doug Hill)
  • Mar 7 : Beginning Watercolor for the Nature Enthusiast (Karen Ramsay)
  • Mar 28 : Coyotes - Song Dogs of the West (Jared Gricoskie) 
Spring Seminars (call 970-586-3262 to register)  All classes for adults only, unless otherwise noted :
  • Apr 17, 18 : Mysterious Owls of Rocky (Scott Rashid)
  • Apr 23 : North with the Spring - Bird Migration (Jeff Maugans)
  • May 8 : Behind the Scenes at RMNP (Rachel Balduzzi)
  • May 14 : Hawks in Flight - Birds of Prey (Jeff Maugans)
  • May 15 : Life Signs - Tracking the Invisible (Kevin Cook)
  • May 28 : Birds at Twilight (Jeff Maugans)
  • May 30 : Orienteering for Beginners - Map & Compass Basics in RMNP (Peggy Ellis)

Rocky Mountain Conservancy

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