Summer 2021 Field Seminars

General Description: 
Recreate and Rejuvenate your soul by spending a few beautiful days in the mountains learning with colleagues. Help your students to better understand environmental issues and how to become environmental citizens. 
This summer, in place of our traditional annual three-day summer course for teachers, we are offering three one-day field seminars in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park.  An optional overnight camping experience with astronomy is available.  

Content Theme: Native Plants Animals, People & Skies (Mid July- Mid August)  
Environmental Theme: Invasive Species 

Register for one or register for all four: Note: The park limits us to 13 guest spots per day. These will be offered on a first come first served basis. 

Invite Family & Friends to join you. Teachers are welcome to register and bring non-teachers along. But due to Colorado School of Mines restrictions they must be 16 years of age or older. 

Physical Conditioning Requirements: Must be able to hike 3–4 miles in mountains at altitude, on and off-trail conditions.

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]

Cost: $77/day   
This includespresenters, a field journal & other equipment and re-licensure credit (see below) 
Note: This does not include transportation to and from field sites, breakfast, lunch, or snacks, personal outdoor equipment and clothing. (Participants provide their own.) 

Re-licensure Credit: 
Educators will receive either a certificate of hours for each day attended or 2.0 Graduate Level Re-licensure credits from the Colorado School of Mines if you attend all three day sessions and do one classroom implementation assignment in September.  

Meeting Location: We will meet at Rocky Mountain National Park Headquarters Parking Lot (Beaver Meadows) promptly each day at 7 a.m.  

Schedule for All Three Field Seminar Days: 

  • Guests driving from Denver must leave by 5:30 a.m. (Or find their own accommodations in Estes Park area the night before) 
  • Meet at Beaver Meadows Entrance Station 7:00 a.m. (Be sure to park in back part of Parking Lot beyond 1 hr parking signs)  
  • Carpool to Trailheads/ Program Location7:00–7:30 a.m. 
  • Trail Program 7:45 am–noon
  • Sack Lunch noon–12:45 p.m. 
  • Trail Program 12:45–2:45 p.m. 
  • Return to Beaver Meadows Entrance Station 2:45–3:15 p.m. 
  • Guests Returning to Denver arrive 5:15–6 p.m.

Field Day 1: Tundra Tales, Trails & Tribes

  • Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021
  • Cost: $77 per person for the day 
  • LocationAlpine Tundra Life Zone 
  • Content FocusFlora, Fauna & Geology with focus on Human Natural History 
  • Citizen Science Front Range Pika Project 
  • Invasive Species Focus: Nonindigenous people 
  • Guest Facilitators: Rangers Jim Bromberg, Danielle York, Front Range Pika Project 
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Field Day 2: Singing Skies & Laughing Waters

  • Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2021
  • Cost: $77 per person for the day 
  • LocationMontane Life Zone 
  • Content FocusFlora, Fauna & Geology  
  • Citizen Science Project Budburst 
  • Invasive Species Focus: Cheatgrass & Effects of Fire & Human Lodging  
  • Guest FacilitatorsChristie Wilkins
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Field Day 3: Someplace Cool & Green and Shady

  • Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021
  • Cost: $77 per person for the day 
  • Location: Subalpine Life Zone 
  • Content Focus: Flora, Fauna and Geology 
  • Citizen Science Project Lily Lake – Invasive Species Park Activity and Aquatic Ecological Health  
  • Guest FacilitatorsAlexander Harris, Estes Park High School Science Teacher
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Day 3 Overnight: Optional Camping Overnight with Campfire & Stargazing

  • Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021
  • Cost: $25/person (Includes: Campsite Fees, food for dinner and campfire snacks) Note: BYOB and if you have dietary restrictions please bring what you might need for dinner.
  • In order to attend Day 3 Overnight, you must have attended one of the three field sessions.  
  • Location: Olive Ridge Forest Service Campground – located near day field location & Allenspark, Colorado
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