k-12 professional development

SOLD OUT: Foothills to Tundra

Foothills to Tundra: The Changing Ecosystems and Biomes of Rocky Mountain National Park

Program Description

Colorado’s vertical geography creates a microcosm of ecosystems and biomes that exist nowhere else in North America. Get ready....

  • For an all-day preparation workshop at the museum on June 8
  • For a three day residential course (June 26-28), which includes day-long excursions into Rocky Mountain National Park (UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve) with researchers, educators and expert naturalists from the Museum, Denver Zoo, Denver Botanic Gardens & National Park Service
  • To participate in field science through two Citizen Science Programs related to phenology and climate change
  • To investigate a prehistoric archaeological site built during a previous period of global warming
  • To celebrate sun-filled days and starry nights by the campfire with colleagues

Environmental Theme: Climate Change
Rocky Mountain National Park has a century-long tradition of being a living laboratory for understanding human impact on the environment. Teachers will observe and learn about the impacts of climate change on Colorado’s mountain ecosystems.


For Practicing K-12 Teachers

Date and Time

Saturday, June 8, 2019
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. (Onsite at the Museum - Available via Skype for Out-of-State Participants)

Wednesday–Friday, June 26–28, 2019 (three-day field course in Rocky Mountain National Park)


$300 (includes: re-licensure credit, lodging, all meals, snacks, presenters, park entrance fees, transportation, instructional materials)

Course Credit - 2.0 graduate-level relicensure credits through the Colorado School of Mines included.

ENCOURAGE SOMEONE TO JOIN YOU! You do not need to be a professional educator to participate, so invite family and friends. (Must be over 16 years of age.)

Group Size

28 people

Special Requirements

Participants should be in average physical condition. Activities are always more fun when you’re physically fit. You’ll be required to walk 1 to 2 miles, sometimes over uneven surfaces. This trip is not recommended for participants who have health conditions that prevent them from being at higher altitudes.

Registration Information

Registration is required. Click the "Book Now" button or call 303.370.6000. Registration closes three days prior to the start date of the program. For questions regarding this course, please e-mail [email protected]


All programs require payment at time of registration. All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the event.

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