Imagine spending time with Museum curators touring ghost towns in Gilpin County, or canoeing on the Colorado River learning how rivers have changed the American West, or exploring Colorado’s ancient supervolcanoes.
Thanks to the generosity of longtime Museum donors Tim and Kathryn Ryan, these exclusive opportunities are available only through the KT Challenge. The program is named for the Ryans and is also a reference to the KT boundary, or the Cretaceous-Tertiary geologic boundary, which is well exposed in the Denver Basin. The program was created in 2006 to more deeply engage the Giving Club, a group of donors who support the Museum through the highest membership levels.
“I was fortunate to go to a college where I had great scientists as my teachers,” said Tim Ryan, current chair of the Board of Trustees and president of Ryan Exploration Inc. “There were quite often lectures and field trips that got me so excited about what I was studying and created a love of learning. Our Museum has equally wonderful scientists, and I wanted to create a way in which members of the Museum could experience that same excitement I recall.”
The KT Challenge is an annual competitive process in which the Museum’s research and collections staff are encouraged to think outside the box and propose a unique experience. Up to four proposals are selected by the Giving Club Council, and the recipients also receive a financial award to enhance their ongoing research at the Museum. Find out how to participate in these experiences that are not available through regular members programs and learn about the other benefits at the Naturalist level and above @ www.dmns.org/join/giving-club.
Photo: Curators James Hagadorn and Ian Miller (from left) share a fossil of a giant Apatosaurus scapula with members at a KT Challenge event.