The Rocky Mountain Conservancy has supported the research and educational programs of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) since 1931. The Conservancy is one of 65 cooperating nonprofit associations nationwide that work with the national park system.
The Conservancy raises funds for improvement projects within Rocky and has rebuilt trails, acquired land within and adjoining the park, and restored historic buildings. It also provides more than $500,000 annually to support programs for youth in Rocky through its Next Generation Fund. All of this is made possible through generous donations to the Conservancy. To date, the
Conservancy has raised more than $23 million for RMNP.
Classrooms without Walls
The Conservancy’s Field Institute Program offers lectures and field trips that allow participants of all ages to experience RMNP as a classroom. The field-based, hands-on classes include wildflowers, mammals, birds, cultural history, outdoor skills, photography, painting, and writing. rmconservancy.org.
The Field Institute also offers half- and full-day adventures that include geocaching, hiking with a naturalist, bus tours, and photography. You select the day and the topic, and the Field Institute provides the exploration and learning. Teachers can receive teacher recertification units for full- and multi-day classes. 970-586-3262, rmconservancy.org
Note: Entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park for these classes is included in the registration fee. For a complete list of all classes go to rmconservancy.org.
The Conservancy partners with RMNP to create stewardship among young park visitors through the Junior Ranger program. Anyone can pick up a free Junior Ranger Activity Booklet at any visitor center, discover Rocky, and earn their badge. There are activity books for kids 5 and under, 6-8, and 9 and up. By earning a badge, Junior Rangers learn why we need to protect our national parks!
During the 2019 summer season from June 22 through August 18, Junior Ranger Headquarters, located at Hidden Valley along Trail Ridge Road, is open and a great place just for kids! It is free to participate, and an adult must be present with children at all times. There are 30-minute programs offered four times a day, seven days a week, at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, and 2:30pm.